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A Blade in the Dark (1983) is an Italian slasher directed by Lamberto Bava. The story revolves around Bruno, a composer working on the soundtrack for a horror film, finding himself in one.

Now, the translation to English isn’t perfect, and sometimes, I wondered what they really said. In the beginning, when Bruno finds a woman in a closet, she screams when she sees an insect on the floor. He laughs and calls it a cockroach when it’s a spider. Even the original Italian title is La casa con la scala nel buio, which I learned means The House with the Dark Staircase. I like the translation title better.

A Blade in the Dark was definitely a surprise slasher, and I didn’t expect the culprit of the killings at all, but I also didn’t suspect who the characters did. The suspense is good and kept me entertained. But the strangeness of this film was the star. I can’t explain that, so you’ll have to trust me and see it.

4 Stars

A Blade in the Dark was excellent and I gave it 4 out of 5 Stars.

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