Blood and Lace (1970)

USA, 1971
35mm film, colour, 1.78:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Philip Gilbert.

Plot Summary

The teenage daughter of a prostitute who has recently been beaten to death is sent oto an orphanage where she is tortured by the sadistic owners.


Directed by: Philip Gilbert
© Contemporary Filmakers/Carlin Company Productions
A Contemporary Filmakers and Carlin Company production
Produced by: Ed Carlin, Gil Lasky
Associate Producer: Chase Mishkin
Written by: Gil Lasky
Director of Photography: Paul Hipp
Film and Sound Editing: Dennis Film Services
Sound Recordist: Douglas Kennedy
Creative Makeup: Dennis Marsh
Art Director: Lee Fischer

Gloria Grahame (Mrs Deere)
Milton Selzer (Mr Mullins)
Len Lesser (Tom Kredge)
Vic Tayback (Calvin Carruthers)
Melody Patterson (Ellie Masters)
Terri Messina (Bunch)
Ronald Taft (Walter)
Dennis Christopher (Pete)
Peter Armstrong (Ernest)
Maggie Corey (Jennifer)
Mary Strawberry (nurse)
Louise Sherrill (Edna Masters)
Joe Durkin (unidentified man)

Alternative Titles

Den blodiga hammaren – Sweden
The Blood Secret – alternative title
Dantela kai aima – Greece (video)
Hielo sangriento – Spain (video)
Il martello macchiato di sangue – Italy
To mystiko tou parthenagogeiou – Greece
Sangre y encaje – Spain
Visión sangrienta – Spain
Кровь и кружева – Russia

Extracts included in
Cinemacabre TV Trailers (1993)
Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 4 (1997)
Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell (1987)



  • CinemaTV Today no.10012 (30 December 1972) p.25 – credits, review
  • Filmfacts vol.14 no.3 (1971) pp.47-48 – reviews
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.215 no.22 (18 March 1971) p.3 – credits, review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.40 no.468 (January 1973] p.5 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Shivers no.51 (March 1998) pp.18-21 – illustrated article (by Jo Botting)
  • Variety 17 March 1971 p.18 – credits, review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.217 – illustrated credits, review
  • Film Review 1972-1973 by F. Maurice Speed p.213 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.56 – credits
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis 37 – credits
  • by Walt Lee p.40 – credits
  • Video Dungeon: The Collected Reviews by Kim Newman p.428-429 – review