For all the praise that's been heaped upon Herschell Gordon Lewis' BLOOD FEAST for being years ahead of its time, Mario Bava's BLOOD AND BLACK LACE is just as important--and certainly much better. As plotless as most of Bava's other work, the film is set in a high-fashion agency run by
Christina (Eva Bartok) and her lover, Max (Cameron Mitchell), who use their business as a front for a drug ring. The agency's beautiful models are murdered one by one, stalked by a masked killer wearing a glove fitted with metal claws. With its systematic disposal of beautiful-but-characterless
women, graphic bloodletting, and sweeping, sumptuous camera work, BLOOD AND BLACK LACE is ...