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Blood and Black Lace (60th Anniversary)

Duration: 1h28m
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Dates: Sun 19 May 2024 13:00

Part of Dundead Horror Film Festival 2024. Priority booking for members starts at 10:00 on Wed 3 April. Passes and individual tickets will go on sale from 10:00 on Fri 5 April. More information on Festival Passes can be found below.

This landmark film from Italian horror master Mario Bava is arguably the first film of the giallo subgenre, and perhaps the epitome of the style. Four years after Psycho and Peeping Tom (both of which we’ve screened in recent years), Blood and Black Lace is the next step in the inception of the slasher. 

The plot has an instant irresistible hook; A masked killer has been murdering the models of a scandalous fashion house in Rome. Blood and Black Lace’s killer is themself one of the subgenre’s most under-appreciated villains. Decked out in a raincoat and hat, with a white featureless mask pulled tightly over their face, the character is an example Bava’s trademark invention – a simple (and iconic) visual idea, executed perfectly. 

The lurid colours, the slinky score and Bava’s peerless eye for striking visuals make this a brilliant exercise in style. With a background in cinematography, Bava was already some 20 years into a cinematic career when he made this. 

Coming in at under 90 minutes, it’s a film which changed the trajectory of the horror genre and revolutionised the entire Italian filmmaking industry - 60 years later, it is still one of the most visually distinct horror films ever made.

Festival Passes

What's included

Pass TypePriceDCA Members18-25 MembersIncludes
Full Pass£102£96£75Tickets for all 12 screenings, a festival t-shirt and a print
Half Pass£54£51£37.50Tickets for six films of your choice from the programme and a festival t-shirt
  • Save £1 on a Dundead Film Quiz ticket when you book it at the same time as your pass with code DUNDEADPASS.

How to book

  • Log into / create your DCA account.
  • Add all the films your want to see to your basket (pick 12 for a Full Pass, including the Dundead Opening Film, and six for a Half Pass).
  • The appropriate Pass discount will be added automatically at checkout once the correct number of films have been added.
  • To book more than one pass, you can do these as separate transactions online or contact our Box Office on 01382 432444.
  • If you would like a ticket for the Dundead Film Quiz add it to your basket at this stage, use code DUNDEADPASS to receive your £1 Pass discount.
  • If you have any questions about booking your pass our friendly Box Office team are happy to help. Give them a call on 01382 432444 or pop in.
  • We'll be in touch via email to ask you what t-shirt size you'd like and let you know when you can collect your Dundead merch.

Dundead 2024 Listings

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