(House of the Dark Stairway)
Directed by: Lamberto Bava
Back of Box:
Bruno (Andrea Occhipinti
NEW YORK RIPPER) is hired to compose the music for a new horror movie and rents an isolated villa to concentrate on his work.
But when several beautiful young women are brutally murdered within the house, Bruno becomes obsessed with solving the savage
crimes. Is a clue to the killer's identity hidden within the film itself, or is there a more horrifying secret lurking
deep in the dark?
Directed by Lamberto Bava and written by Dardano Sacchetti,
this Italian shocker caused controversy throughout Europe due to its scenes of excessive violence. A BLADE IN THE DARK has
been transferred from original vault materials and is now presented completely uncut and uncensored.
Rated: Not Rated
Run Time: 104 Minutes
Michele Soavi...Tony Rendina
Giovanni Frezza...Little Blond Boy In Film (Uncredited)
Marco Vivio...Little Boy In Film #1 (Uncredited)
Filming Location(s): Rome,
The Anchor Bay release of this film is the complete, uncut
version (All gore included).
This film was originally filmed as a four-part, half-hour, suspense
mini-series for Italian TV, one kill occurring at the end of each part. It was turned into a theatrical release when
TV networks rejected it for being too violent to air.
Bava, himself, called this film, "A parody of gore movies."
The opening sequence is a direct reference to Lamberto's favorite of his father's (Mario
Bava) horror films, Kill, Baby...Kill!