Slasher films have been a staple of the horror genre for a long time now and many horror fans contribute John Carpenter’s Halloween with being the father of the modern slasher. But you could argue it could have begun much earlier with a film like Hitchcock’s Psycho in 1960 but the POV element of Halloween was definitely used to great effect seven years earlier in a lesser seen gem called Blood and Lace, out this month for the first time on Blu-ray. Or on any home entertainment format as a matter of fact.
After her mother’s brutal murder at the hands of a hammer-wielding maniac, Ellie Masters (Melody Patterson) is sent to live in a home for orphans. But with a mysterious killer on the loose and a sadistic new caretaker at the home, Ellie’s life may be in more danger than ever.
It’s interesting when a movie like this finally gets released, literally all but forgotten by movie fans. This is a great horror flick and is totally deserving of finally finding a wider audience. It is appropriately cheesy in some parts but is filmed nicely, has some great scares and tension, great mystery, some insane twists and a killer cast. Melody Patterson is great in the lead and the supporting cast is made up of some very familiar faces including Vic Tayback from the television classic Alice and Len Lesser, Jerry’s Uncle Leo from Seinfeld. The opening POV scene had to have been an inspiration to John Carpenter when he made Halloween 7 years later, it is so on point and similar, just a fantastic opening. Blood and Lace is a unique and fun horror flick every horror fan should check out. Even those few who may have seen the film back in the day will be pleasantly surprised to revisit this lost classic. Highly recommended.