Sei donne per l’assassino (1964)

Italy, France, Monaco, 1964
35mm film, Eastmancolor, 1.85:1
mono, Italian

An Italian horror film directed by Mario Bava.

Plot Summary

Fashion models at a boarding house are being stalked and murdered by a masked killer.


Directed by: Mario Bava
An Emmepi Cinematografica production. Emmepi Cinematografica -Roma, Georges de Beauregard – Parigi, Monachia Film – Monaco
Produced by: Massimo Patrizi and Alfred Mirabel
Story and Screenplay by: Marcello Fondato
In collaboration with Giuseppe Barilla [Joe Barilla on English language prints], Mario Bava
English version Directed, Produced and Written by: Lou Moss [English language version]
Screen Adaptation: Kelly Leon [English language version]
Director of Photography: Ubaldo Terzano [Herman Tarzana on English language prints]
Editor: Mario Serandreai [Mark Suran on English language prints]
Music by: Carlo Rustichelli [Carl Rustic on English language prints]
Sound: Vittorio Trentino [Victor Trenton on English language prints]
Costumes: Tina Grani [Tina Grand on English language prints]
Miss Bartok’s Costumes by: Eleanor Garnett
Make-up: Emilio Trani [Emil Trainor on English language prints]
Hair Stylist: Marisa Laganga [Maria Logan on English language prints]
Art Director: Arrigo Breschi [Harry Brest on English language prints]
Studio: A.T.C., Roma

Cameron Mitchell (Massimo Morlacchi [Max Morlan in English language prints])
Eva Bartok (Countess Cristiana/Christina Cuomo)
Thomas Reiner (Inspector Silvestri [Inspector Sylvester in English language prints])
Arianna Gorini [Arian Gorin on English language prints] (Nicole)
Dante Di Paolo (Franco/Frank Scala, antiquarian)
Mary Arden (Peggy)
Franco Ressel [Frank Russel on English language prints] (M Riccardo Morelli [Richard Morell in English language prints])
Claude Dantes (Tao-Li)
Luciano Pigozzi [Louis Pigot on English language prints] (Cesare Lazzarini [Cesare Lazzare in English language prints])
Lea Krugher [Lea Lander on English language prints] (Greta)
Massimo Righi [Max Right on English language prints (Marco)
Francesca Ungaro [Frances Right on English language prints] (Isabella)
Giuliano Raffaelli [Julian Rafael on English language prints] (Inspector Zanchin)
Hariette White Medin [a pseudonym for Harriet White Medin] (Clarice)
Mara Carmosino [Mary Carmen on English language prints]
Heidi Stroh [Heidi Troy on English language prints]
Enzo Cerusico (garage attendant)
Nadia Anty [Nadia Antin on English language prints]

Alternative Titles

6 femmes pour l’assassin – France
6 gynaikes gia to dolofono – Greece
6 mujeres para el asesino – Mexico
Aima kai mavri dantella – Greece (video)
Aima sti mavri dantela – Greece (re-release)
L’Atelier de la mort – Canada (French)
L’Atelier de la peur – France
Blod och svarta spetsar – Sweden
Blood and Black Lace – English language title
Blutige Seide – West Germany
Fashion House of Death
Hat halott modell
– Hungary
Hat nö és a gyilkos – Hungary (television)
Himotappaja – Finland
Jernhånden i rædselsnatten – Denmark
Lustmördaren – Finland (Swedish)
Moderu renzoku satsujin! – Japan
Sei donne per l’assassino – Italy
Seis mujeres para el asesino – Mexico, Spain, Uruguay
Seis mujeres para un asesino – Argentina
Seis Mulheres Para o Assassino – Brazil
Seis Mulheres Para Um Assassino – Portugal
Sest zensk za morilca – Slovenia
Verta ja mustaa pitsiä – Finland
Der Würger mit der Maske – Austria

Extracts included in
The 100 Scariest Movie Moments (2004)
Eurotika!: Blood and Black Lace: A Short History of the Italian Horror Film (1999)
Hell Broth (2011)
Matador (1986)
Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever (2012)
Urban Gothic (2002)
Yellow Fever: The Rise and Fall of the Giallo (2016)



  • Bianco e Nero vol.25 no.6 (June 1964) p.48
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.8 p.6
  • La Cinématographie Française no.2104 (6 March 1965) p.15
  • The Daily Cinema no.9162 (5 January 1966) p.5
  • ETC no.16 (1998) pp.22-23 – illustrated review (ETCinema score by John Bender)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.186 no.1 (11 June 1965) p.3
  • Kine Weekly no.3040 (6 January 1966) p.20
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.33 no.385 (February 1966) p.18 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Shivers no.127 (May 2006) p.62 – illustrated article (The Fright of Your Life by Jonathan Rigby)
  • Sight and Sound vol.10 no.7 (July 2000) p.61 – video review (Video reviews: retail by Geoffrey Macnab)
  • Variety 23 June 1965


  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.100, 133, 136-38, 139, 204, 243
  • Fright Night on Channel 9 by James Arena pp.142-143
  • The Haunted World of Mario Bava by Troy Howarth pp.98-107; 336 – illustrated review; credits
  • House of Psychotic Women by Kier-La Janisse pp.111, 245
  • Italian Horror Films of the 1960s: A Critical Catalog of 62 Chillers by Lawrence McCallum pp.39-43 – illustrated synopsis, credits, review
  • Kine & TV Year Book 1968 p.110
  • The Mammoth Book of Slasher Movies: An A-Z Guide to Over Sixty Years of Blood and Guts by Peter Normanton pp.81-83
  • Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark by Tim Lucas pp.541-543 – illustrated review, synopsis, production notes, credits
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.40 – credits
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.63-64 – credits, review