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Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
« Reply #45 on: 16 Jan 2009 - 15:36 »

I just bought In the Folds of the Flesh which sounds whacked.

It's even more whacked than it sounds.  :-*

I love that movie.  :-X
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Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
« Reply #46 on: 17 Jan 2009 - 21:28 »

Until now my top 10 would be:

1. Profondo Rosso
Truly the best Giallo. Argento is in total control of his art: every sequence is an artwork. It reaches perfection and stands miles above the other gialli.

2. All The Colors of The Dark
Unpredictable, groovy and sexy. Edwige, Martino and Nicolai at their best. The blend of giallo and gothic works perfectly.

3. The House With Laughing Windows
I love the atmosphere in this movie. The whole film seems to be haunted.

4. Tenebre
Cold, violent, elegant. This is the ultimate giallo. Every ingredient is there: the twisted mind, the naked flesh, the flowing blood, the sharp blade, the bleak urban landscape, etc... It's as giallo as it can be! It's, for me, the conclusion of the genre in its "classic" form. After that, most gialli are dispensable formulaic slashers.

5. The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh
An excellent "sexy thriller". It's a surprisingly mature work for such a young director. The flash back sequences in slow motion are little masterpieces.  I like how Martino manipulates us (you enjoy it, we'll she does as well!). It's a shame that the sadomasochist theme is put in the background in the end...

6. What Have You Done to Solange?
I rarely like "serious" gialli, but this one is an exception. Strong story, cast and music. And that Aristide Massaccesi knows how to use a camera!

7. Torso
A very good slasher with many iconic moments: the girl in the forest, the massacre at the end,... and if Tina Aumont is in it, it can't be bad!

8. The Night Evelyn Came Out of The Grave
It doesn't make much sense but I enjoy it a lot. The ending is a twist fiesta!

9. The Perfume of The Lady in Black
Barilli seems to be lost. Mimsy Farmer keeps climbing up and down the stairs, has visions, scream and cry,...  I never understood what it was all about, and I like it that way! Visually it's a jewel. The romantic soundtrack by Piovani is also very good.

10. A Lizard in A Woman's Skin
I'm not a Fulci fan. Most of his film are depressing visions - saturated with misanthropy and nihilism. I know where he goes, and I don't want to go that way. A Lizard in a Woman's Skin belongs to his best period, when he was still an ambitious artist, not yet obsessed with putrefaction. The dream sequence in the beginning is fascinating. In this period, I like also Una Sull'Altra.



Mario Bava is missing, I know. I like his gothic tales (Black Sunday, Lisa & The Devil, Operazione Paura,...) but I find his gialli dull and artificial. They lack the sensuality, the madness and the violence of the ones by Argento, Martino or Dallamano. Some are even really sloppy (Cf. 5 Dolls for an August Moon).
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Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
« Reply #47 on: 24 Jan 2009 - 23:00 »

this site looks awesome...

here are my top 5:

1. Don't Torture A Duckling
2. Black Belly of the Tarantula
3. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
4. A Lizard in a Woman's Skin
5. Deep Red
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Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
« Reply #48 on: 24 Jan 2009 - 23:11 »

Welcome to the forum Josey Wales :-\
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Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
« Reply #49 on: 29 Jan 2009 - 23:59 »

The House with Laughing Windows should be on my list!

I knew I omitted a biggie.  ;D

That whole narration by the painter along with the stabbing footage is among the most arresting Italian horror ever, imo.
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Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
« Reply #50 on: 02 Feb 2009 - 20:52 »

Hmmm... A tough question - there are so many excellent works out there.

My top choices (in alphabetical order - by English Title):

Reazione a catena (Bay of Blood)
L' Uccello dalle piume di cristallo (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage)
La tarantola dal ventre nero (Black Belly of the Tarantula)
La casa con la scala nel buio (A Blade in the Dark)
Sette scialli di seta gialla (Crimes of the Black Cat)
Profondo Rosso (Deep Red)
4 mosche di velluto grigio (Four Flies on Grey Velvet)
L'assassino รจ costretto ad uccidere ancora (The Killer Must Kill Again)
Una lucertola con la pelle di donna (A Lizard in a Woman's Skin)
Mio caro assassino (My Dear Killer)
Opera
Il profumo della signora in nero (The Perfume of the Lady in Black)
Morte sospetta di una minorenne (Suspected Death of a Minor)
Suspiria
Tenebre
I corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale (Torso)
Cosa avete fatto a Solange? (What Have You Done to Solange?)

... and it was difficult just choosing those few  :-*




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Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
« Reply #51 on: 03 Feb 2009 - 03:11 »

Add

I corpi presentano tracce di violenza carnale (Torso)

to my list.

I just screened this again: certain scenes are breathtaking. The forest stalking sequence, the first kill etc.
Nice batch of red herrings too.

Oh and the dog fight between John Richardson and Luc Merenda  ;) made up for the vast quantities of titties occupying the screen.

This film confirms why I enjoy Sergio Martino's gialli, and what I can learn from him.
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Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
« Reply #52 on: 02 Mar 2009 - 04:09 »

House with the Laughing Windows - this was a big surprise, as I hadn't seen it until about a month ago...really creepy and mysterious even after you finish watching it.  Sticks with you for days afterwards, and is truly a scary movie.

Opera - my favorite Argento giallo, just slightly ahead of Deep Red.

Don't Torture a Duckling - the film that singlehandedly sent me head-first into my Italian film obsession.  Great soundtrack, great actors, beautifully shot.  Probably Fulci's finest moment?

I just watched Nothing Underneath and although full of cliches, was really an enjoyable giallo that managed to pull the rug out from even me with that amazing ending...

braindead right now...will think of more later.
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prospero

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Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
« Reply #53 on: 02 Mar 2009 - 12:47 »

alright, I'll toss in my 2cts...
favourites:
BLOOD & BLACK LACE / BAVA (the title theme is enough to give me a boost of adrenalin)
LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN / FULCI
BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE / ARGENTO
COSI DOLCE COSI PERVERSA / LENZI
(ludicrous dialogue, but Baker, Trintignant and Blanc are amazing to watch. nice score, too)
DEEP RED / ARGENTO
SOLANGE / DALLAMANO
FIFTH CORD / BAZZONI (Storao behind the camera, Django in front of it!)
FIVE DOLLS / BAVA (makes no sense but looks breathtaking)
SHORT NIGHT OF GLASS DOLLS / LADO
DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT / ERCOLI (love any movie with Navarro & Andreu!)

I hate Mimsy Farmer, so I didn't include PERFUME or FOUR FLIES, though I love them. HOUSE WITH THE LAUGHING WINDOWS seems more of a rural gothic horror movie, to me at least. so I din't include this one either.

Worst Gialli:
DELIRIUM / POLSELLI
(towards the end of the movie I just felt like killing Rita Calderoni with my own hands! "Erbert!.... Erbert!!!!"...aaargh)
EYEBALL / LENZI (I usually like Lenzi, but this is REALLY shabby)
PLAY MOTEL (Yaaaaaawn! Perhaps I should try and watch this without the hardcore porn scenes, but I don't think I've got the time...)
BLUES EYES OF THE BROKEN DOLL / AURED
(Aured the Spanish Ed Wood? nothing works here. zero suspense, zero atmosphere, zero anything....)
TRAGIC CEREMONY / FULCI
(does this qualify as a Giallo, somehow? Anyway, it's AWFUL)
MURDER OBSESSION / FREDA
(I never thought that Fulci and Freda could deliver something so boring and crappy as this)

MOST ABSURD GIALLO:
IN THE FOLDS OF THE FLESH / BERGONZELLI - I love it! that scene with the cuckoo clock, and those flashbacks. the wigs, the stares, the outfits, the plot holes - priceless. gotta watch this again, very soon! pure madness.
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Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
« Reply #54 on: 02 Mar 2009 - 14:51 »

out of the few i've seen my dear killer sticks out. but remember being bored shitless by the pyjama girl case.
bought cat o'nine tails on dvd the otherday so shall give that one ago.
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Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
« Reply #55 on: 11 Apr 2009 - 21:56 »

The all time no.1 for me is Tenebrae. It has everything. Sets and locations are pure, classic Argento at the height of his powers.

Deep Red. No.2

After that there are a number I enjoy although they may or may not  be particularly 'good' in a filmmaking sense.

Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh.

Don't Torture a Duckling.

Black Belly of the Tarantula.

Perfume of a Lady in Black.

Seven Blood-Stained Orchids.

Amuck. Not really a Giallo by some definitions.

Strip Nude for You Killer. I know, I'm shameless.

Case of the Bloody Iris.





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Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
« Reply #56 on: 20 Apr 2009 - 10:17 »

out of the few i've seen my dear killer sticks out. but remember being bored shitless by the pyjama girl case.
bought cat o'nine tails on dvd the otherday so shall give that one ago.


what are you doing in the photos??? cleaning up your morricone-seven-inchers?
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Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
« Reply #57 on: 05 Jun 2009 - 12:48 »

Phenomena

The bird with the crystal plumage
The Stendhal Syndrome
Opera
Deep Red
Blood and black lace
The New York ripper
Don't torture a duckling
Case of the scorpion's tail
Almost blue

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« Reply #58 on: 05 Jun 2009 - 13:42 »

Phenomena

The bird with the crystal plumage
The Stendhal Syndrome
Opera
Deep Red
Blood and black lace
The New York ripper
Don't torture a duckling
Case of the scorpion's tail
Almost blue



I'm surpirsed the non Argento Gialli made the list  ;D
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Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
« Reply #59 on: 03 Aug 2009 - 18:14 »

L'UCCELLO DALLE PIUME DI CRISTALLO. 1970. DARIO ARGENTO.
PROFONDO ROSSO. 1975. DARIO ARGENTO.
SEI DONNE PER L'ASSASSINO. 1964. MARIO BAVA.
I CORPI PRESENTANO TRACE DI VIOLENZA CARNALE/ TORSO. 1973. SERGIO MARTINO.
LA MORTE RISALE  A EIRI SERA. 1970. DUCCIO TESSARI.
MIO CARO ASSASSINO. 1971. TONINO VALERII.
COSA AVETE FATTO A SOLANGE? 1972. MASSIMO DALLMANO.
LA DAMA ROSA UCCIDE SETTE VOLTE. 1972. EMILIO P. MIRAGLIA.
MACCHIE SOLARI. 1975. ARMANDO CRISPINO.
LO SQUARTATORE DI NEW YORK. 1982. LUCIO FULCI.
Very,very dificult...I like almost all... :(
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