Blood and Black Lace (Italian: Sei donne per l'assassino) is a 1964 Italian horror / thriller / Giallo film directed by Mario Bava, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Giusseppe Barilla and Marcello Fondato. The film, starring Cameron Mitchell and Eva Bartok, concerns the stalking and brutal murder of several fashion models by a white-masked killer who is desperately attempting to recover the diary of Isabella, one of the models and the first victim, containing potentially scandalous information on the fashion house's various indiscretions, including forced abortions, blackmail, and drug addiction. It soon becomes a race against time as the diary changes hands repeatedly, separately pursued by the police investigating Isabella's murder, and the mysterious figure who is willing to kill to prevent its secrets from being revealed.It is regarded as one of Bava's finest films and a shining example of what a Giallo is.
Blood and Black Lace contains examples of:
- Big Bad Duumvirate: The kills have been orchestrated by Max and Contessa Cristina.
- However, they both turn on each other after suspecting each other of betraying each other first and end up killing each other.
- The Blank: The killer wears a featureless white mask.
- Giallo: More or less the Trope Codifier.
- Kill 'em All: Every major character including the killers are dead at the end of the film except for the useless detective.
- MacGuffin: The diary.
- Police Are Useless: The main detective is no closer to solving the case the last time we see him than he is when we first meet him — he spends his screen time generally working in the right direction, but not pressing hard enough.
- Slasher Movie
- White Mask of Doom