She explored the dark passages of the unknown, only to discover ... the intolerable.
Available for the first time on a house entertainment format, the 1971 cult favorite Blood and Lace is a twisted tale of scary often mentioned as a precursor to the slasher films of the late 70s and early 80s.
After her mom & # 146s brutal murder at the hands of a hammer-wielding maniac, teenaged Ellie Masters (Melody Patterson) is all of a sudden orphaned. She is sent to a house for kids run by the enigmatic Mrs. Deere (Gloria Grahame, 1952 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winner for her role in The Bad and The Beautiful), in spite of the concern that Ellie will be the newest target of her mom & # 146s killer. However as terror strikes again and again, it becomes uncertain who might be the larger hazard to Ellie & # 146s life: the strange killer with a hammer ... or her sadistic new caretaker.
With borderline ridiculous plot twists, and some unforeseen efficiencies by 2 faces familiar to fans of timeless sitcoms: Vic Tayback ("Mel" from Alice) and Len Lesser ("Uncle Leo" from Seinfeld), this little-known scary gem is a jolting, terror-filled thriller you & # 146ve got to see to think.