Audiodrome #6: Blood & Black Lace

The latest instalment of Audiodrome: Music in Film is now up over at This month I check out Carlo Rustichelli’s rather swanky and often spooky score for Mario Bava’s ravishing giallo blueprint, Blood & Black Lace (1964); AKA Sei donne per l'assassino (6 Women for the Murderer). Infused with the sultry rhythms of the tango, Rustichelli’s music highlights the more sensual aspects of Bava’s lurid film about a sadistic killer preying upon the models of an elite fashion house.

Skip on over to Paracinema to read it and listen to a track, and let’s chat about Rustichelli, Bava and giallo soundtracks!

While you’re there, why not think about ordering yourself a copy of the brand-spanking-new issue of Paracinema Magazine. With articles such as When Life Gives You Razor Blades: Bloody Vengeance in Hobo with a Shotgun by Christine Makepeace; Revenge is a Dish Best Served Raw and Wriggling: Park Chan-Wook’s Vengeance Trilogy by Samm Deighan; Going Back Home: Post-Vietnam Masculinity in Rolling Thunder by Adam Blomquist and Chainsawing Well is the Best Revenge: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2‘s Texas Sized Vengeance by Zachary Kelley, this issue’s focus is purely on the theme of revenge in genre cinema.


psynno said…
Really enjoying these Paracinema soundtrack posts. Like the Blood & Black Lace music sample there. Not familiar with Rustichelli at all... Your article on Alan Splet is a favourite. It's funny how people don't really like to talk about the effect of this film as it hits you so personally. I was the same, I remember my first trip to London at 16 and my first stop was HMV to collect the LP for Eraserhead I had ordered. It was pretty special, and troubling industrial noise was heard from our house in Belfast shortly after that... Good to hear more info about the making of this. Very few films highlight the importance of sound, almost making it secondary. I know that Friedkin spent a long time on the many layered Exorcist soundtrack. It shows...
James Gracey said…
Thanks Paul - glad you're enjoying them. They're very enjoyable to research, and writing about music is a nice change for me. I only really know Rustichelli through his scores for Bava. I'm such a heathen. he was apparently VERY prolific.
I love the idea of someone blasting the Eraserhead soundtrack out over belfast from their bedroom window. ;)
I used to listen to it in bed at night; strangely soothing.
Thanks for your comment, Paul - I hope you're keeping well.

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