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Monday, December 3, 2012

Blood and Lace (1971)


Shock after shock after shock?  Hardly!  Granted the subject matter should be absolutely terrifying as we watch the sadistic owner of an orphanage and her handyman  torture and kill helpless teenage kids.  This one SHOULD send chills up the viewers spines time and time again.  Yet, I could only manage a tepid yawn.

So why doesn't this one work?  Well the pacing of the film is deadly slow [no pun intended].  Director Philip S. Gilbert simply doesn't have a clue with regard to building suspense and staging scenes of violence.  In the hands of a master like Tobe Hooper, this film could have really horrifying.  Thankfully, this is Gilbert's only directing credit on IMDB.

Secondly, the acting is less than top notch.  The teens in Blood and Lace should draw you in and rip your heart out as you witness their abuse.  However, I could not muster a single fret or worry for any of them.  Furthermore, the head mistress needs to take a few lessons from Louise Fletcher in Flowers in the Attic (1987). Now, THAT's how you do creepy, torturous mommy figures.

All that's left are the kill scenes which have a small amount of paint red blood and are shot in such a way that they are just as boring as the rest of the film.  Too bad.  The subject matter here could make for a truly terrifying horror film.  Instead, we are left with something about as exciting as cold oatmeal.  Skip it!  It's just plain boring.

RATING: Bad.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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