Blood and Lace (1971)

If you’re wondering, “How did a movie about a teenage girl whose prostitute mother was killed with a hammer and now lives in an orphanage where people getting their hands cut off get a PG rating,” you’re not alone. This is one of the roughest, scummiest movies I’ve watched, no matter the rating.

Ellie (Melody Patterson, F Troop) is that girl, now stuck in the orphanage of Mrs. Deere (Gloria Grahame), which she runs like a sweatshop with the help of the sweaty, swarthy Kredge (Len Lesser, Uncle Leo from Seinfeld).

Beyond that trauma, they’re also keeping dead kids in a giant freezer along with Mrs. Deere’s husband, who she refuses to believe is deceased. There’s also a dirty cop named Carruthers (Vic Tayback) who pursues Ellie in a way that it’s obvious that he has no good intentions in mind.

The only innocent seems to be Pete (Dennis Christopher), but once he falls for another girl named Bunch, Ellie has no one. Well, no one but that killer who keeps showing up staring at her while she sleeps as he clutches a hammer.

Stick around. Things get even sicker from there between those two, as if that were possible.

You can watch this on Amazon Prime.

One thought on “Blood and Lace (1971)

  1. Oh yeah, “scummy” is right. One of those nasty 70’s flicks where every woman is a slut, and every man is a rapist…

    I’m not really into slashers, I hate both Halloween and Friday the 13th (*gasp*), but I love this over the top little proto-slasher, genre fans should not miss it.

    And Terri Messina?
    S T U N N I N G
    It’s a shame she had such a short career…


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