BALLAD IN BLOOD (2016) Reviews and overview

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Ballad in Blood is a 2016 Italian horror thriller feature film directed by Ruggero Deoadato (Last Cannibal World; Cannibal Holocaust; House on the Edge of the Park; The Washing Machine) from a screenplay co-written with Jacopo Mazzuoli and Angelo Orlando. The soundtrack score was composed by Claudio Simonetti. The film’s shooting title was The Day After.


The movie stars Gabriele Rossi, Ernesto Mahieux, Noemi Smorra and Carlotta Morelli. Director Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust) has a cameo role as a professor named Eli Roth.

The film is obviously based on the case of student Meredith Kercher who was murdered in Perugia, Italy, in 2007.



After spending Halloween night revelling in sex and drugs, Lenka, a Czech student on an Erasmus exchange, her boyfriend James and their black friend Duke, discover the dead body of Elizabeth, a young British student.

Hardly able to remember anything about what had happened the night before, the three try to piece together what happened using video from the dead student’s phone. But with the passage of time, tensions increase and the three protagonists of the macabre story start to accuse each other, going beyond the limits of sanity…

Filming locations:

Pozzo di San Patrizio, Orvieto, Umbria, Italy
De Paolis Studios, Rome, Italy

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