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Title: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Paul on 06 Jul 2007 - 10:26
From Wikipedaia

"Giallo" films are characterized by extended murder sequences featuring excessive bloodletting, stylish camerawork and unusual musical arrangements. The literary whodunit element is retained, but combined with modern slasher horror, while being filtered through Italy's longstanding tradition of opera and staged grand guignol drama. They also generally include liberal amounts of nudity and sex.

Gialli typically introduce strong psychological themes of madness, alienation, and paranoia. For example, Sergio Martino's Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (also known as Eye of the Black Cat) was explicitly based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Black Cat".

They remain notable in part for their expressive use of music, most notably by Dario Argento's collaborations with Ennio Morricone and his musical director Bruno Nicolai, and later with the band Goblin.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giallo

There are literally scores of gialli out there - some are brilliant examples of the genre, some enjoyable trash and others that are just plain shite. Which are the films that have you coming back for more? Here are some of my favourites, in no particular order:

The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (1969, Dario Argento)
Deep Red (1975, Dario Argento)
A Lizard In A Woman's Skin (1971, Lucio Fulci)
Don't Torture A Duckling (1972, Lucio Fulci)
Who Saw Her Die? (1972, Aldo Lado)
House With The Laughing Windows (1976, Pupi Avati)
Bay Of Blood (1971, Mario Bava)
The Bloodstained Butterfly (1971, Duccio Tessari)
All The Colours Of The Dark (1972, Sergio Martino)
What Have They Done To Your Daughters? (1974, Massino Dallamano)
Title: Re: What Are You Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 12 Jul 2007 - 21:28
Bay of Blood  Bava
What have they done to your Daughters?  Dallamano
Eye in the Labyrinth   Caiano
Delirium  Polselli
Footprints   Bazzoni
Killer Reserved 9 Seats   Rosatti
Death Walks at Midnight   Ercoli
7 Deaths in the Cat's Eye   
+ many more i can't remember at the moment
Title: Re: What Are You Favourite Gialli?
Post by: vigilanteforce on 12 Jul 2007 - 21:51
BLOOD AND BLACK LACE
THE CRIMES OF THE BLACK CAT
DEATH STEPS IN THE DARK
THE NEW YORK RIPPER
THE SHORT NIGHT OF GLASS DOLLS
SEVEN BLOODSTAINED ORCHIDS
THE STENDHAL SYNDROME
THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH
TENEBRE
WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOUR DAUGHTERS?

I could probably think of more such as THE IGUANA WITH THE TONGUE OF FIRE, SO SWEET SO DEAD, etc.
Title: Re: What Are You Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Dorado on 12 Jul 2007 - 22:52
Here are some of my favourites in no particular order.

Bird with the crystal plumage.
Cat O’nine tails.
Profondo Rosso.
The Black belly of the Tarantula.
Tenebre.
The Strange vice of Mrs. Wardh.
The case of the scorpion’s tail.


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Post by: paperbag on 13 Jul 2007 - 08:25
Bird with the Crystal Plumage
Don't Torture a Duckling
Deep Red
The Girl Who Knew Too Much
Case of the Scorpion's Tail
The Fifth Cord
Opera
Delirium: Photo of Gioia
Blade in the Dark
All the Colors of the Dark
Title: Re: What Are You Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Jonny on 13 Jul 2007 - 11:01
There's too many to list but here's 10 that spring to mind....

Tenebrae - Dario Argento 1982
Profondo Rosso (Deep Red) - Dario Argento 1975
Cosa avete fatto a Solange? (What Have You Done to Solange?) - Massimo Dallamano 1972
La Polizia chiede aiuto (What Have They Done to Your Daughters?) - Massimo Dallamano 1974
Una Lucertola con la pelle di donna (A Lizard in a Woman's Skin) - Lucio Fulci 1971
Non si sevizia un paperino (Don't Torture a Duckling) - Lucio Fulci 1972
Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh (The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh) - Sergio Martino 1970
Tutti i colori del buio (All the Colors of the Dark) - Sergio Martino 1972
La corta notte delle bambole di vetro (The Short Night of the Glass Dolls) - Aldo Lado 1971
Paranoia (A Quiet Place to Kill) - Umberto Lenzi 1970
Title: Re: What Are You Favourite Gialli?
Post by: vigilanteforce on 13 Jul 2007 - 13:01
There's too many to list but here's 10 that spring to mind....

Tenebrae - Dario Argento 1982
Profondo Rosso (Deep Red) - Dario Argento 1975
Cosa avete fatto a Solange? (What Have You Done to Solange?) - Massimo Dallamano 1972
La Polizia chiede aiuto (What Have They Done to Our Daughters?) - Massimo Dallamano 1974
Una Lucertola con la pelle di donna (A Lizard in a Woman's Skin) - Lucio Fulci 1971
Non si sevizia un paperino (Don't Torture a Duckling) - Lucio Fulci 1972
Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh (The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh) - Sergio Martino 1970
Tutti i colori del buio (All the Colors of the Dark) - Sergio Martino 1972
La corta notte delle bambole di vetro (The Short Night of the Glass Dolls) - Aldo Lado 1971
Paranoia (A Quiet Place to Kill) - Umberto Lenzi 1970

We always have at least 4 titles in common :P
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Post by: Stephen Grimes on 13 Jul 2007 - 13:12
Good to see Dallamano's 'What have they done to your Daughters?' on some of the lists and if i'm not mistaken Comp has a scene from it as his signature picture  ::)
Title: Re: What Are You Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Jonny on 13 Jul 2007 - 13:17
Good to see Dallamano's 'What have they done to your Daughters?' on some of the lists and if i'm not mistaken Comp has a scene from it as his signature picture  ::)

Dallamano's 'Schoolgirl' films are all excellent, I'd have included 'Red Rings of Fear' (he scripted/story) if it wasn't for lack of a decent DVD release.

We always have at least 4 titles in common :P

I never look at these threads before I post in them either, I open them up and go straight to the bottom and post, I prefer to see the similarities after I've posted my list...  :'(
Title: Re: What Are You Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Paul on 13 Jul 2007 - 13:19
You certainly are right, Stephen – my sig features a still from Dallamano’s film. I love DAUGHTERS and think it has an edge over SOLANGE, personally speaking. I like the way in which it comes across as a hybrid of cop flick and giallo.
Title: Re: What Are You Favourite Gialli?
Post by: vigilanteforce on 13 Jul 2007 - 13:29
I never look at these threads before I post in them either, I open them up and go straight to the bottom and post, I prefer to see the similarities after I've posted my list...  :'(

Same here :-\

You certainly are right, Stephen – my sig features a still from Dallamano’s film. I love DAUGHTERS and think it has an edge over SOLANGE, personally speaking. I like the way in which it comes across as a hybrid of cop flick and giallo.

That's right, I always thought DAUGHTERS was a superior movie- SOLANGE is not bad at all but DAUGHTERS, I could never get tired of. Even if RED RINGS had a decent release, it would still be regarded as inferior compared to Dallamano's movies. Not a bad film either, just not a really special one in my opinion.
Title: Re: What Are You Favourite Gialli?
Post by: CJ on 14 Jul 2007 - 01:14
This is such a great genre with so many superb films to choose from. But off the top of my head, my favourites would be:

Deep Red
All the Colors of the Dark
Short Night of the Glass Dolls
Your Vice is a Locked Door and Only I have the Key
The House with Laughing Windows
Opera
My Dear Killer
The Bloodstained Shadow
Bird with the Crystal Plumage
Lizard in a Woman's Skin
Torso
Seven Blood Stained Orchids


These are the ones I seem to revisit the most. Of course the list changes as I see new films. It really is a wonderful genre, one that I can never get enough of.
Title: Re: What Are You Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Kalibre38 on 15 Jul 2007 - 03:12
Crimes of the Black Cat
Bird With the Crystal Plumage
The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh
What Have They Done to Your Daughters?
Eyeball
Title: Re: What Are You Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Fray G on 02 Aug 2007 - 22:27
Nothing startlingly original from me i'm afraid. Just about in order of preference:

Don't Torture a Duckling
Deep Red
Solange
Lizard in a Woman's Skin
What Have.......Daughters
Your Vice is.......
Strange Vice of.......
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Peter Neal on 10 Aug 2007 - 18:26
Obviously there's no way to ignore Argento in this list for me :-*

1) Tenebrae
(For way too many reasons, most notably for giving me a taste for Euro horror at the right time to make me a lifelong addict ;D)

2) Opera
(Oh no, not Argento AGAIN! :o Ah, what the ....! I find this movie relentlessly rewatchable and at the time of writing, it's been Dario's last true masterpiece. ;))

3) Blood And Black Lace
(A Five Star feast for the eyes!)

4) Don't Torture A Duckling
(I'd volunteer to remake this instantly if somebody was crazy enough to fund me! ;D)

5) The New York Ripper
(For hitting its audience out of nowhere with a totally unexpected emotional "sledge hammer!" at the very end! :) One could discuss Fulci's alleged misogynist treatment of his female characters, but NYR doesn't make the debate as easy as some might think after a first, rushed glance. :-\)


Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Nikita on 14 Aug 2007 - 17:14

I don't know if this is very accurate...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giallo

Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 14 Aug 2007 - 17:51
EDIT
Yes that's what 'Gialli' is.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Kevin Coed on 14 Aug 2007 - 18:31

I don't know if this is very accurate...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giallo



A quick scan says it's pretty much right.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Nikita on 14 Aug 2007 - 18:48

I don't know if this is very accurate...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giallo




Thanks. Just checking.  It's good to ask when the main source is wikipedia.

A quick scan says it's pretty much right.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: alex h on 15 Aug 2007 - 19:14
These are the Giallo films I have, I've watched most of them. Deep Red is still my favourite.

All the Colors of the Dark
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
The Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971)
Blood and Black Lace (1964)
A Cat in the Brain (1990)
Deep Red (1975)
The Killer Must Kill Again (1975)
Opera (1987)
The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1970)
Tenebre (1982)
Torso (1973)
What Have You Done to Solange? (1972)
Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key (1972)
Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971)
Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971)
Dario Argento's Door into Darkness (1973)
Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)
Lizard in a Woman's Skin- Special Edition (1971)
Short Night of Glass Dolls (1971)
Tenebre (Complete, Uncut) (1982)
Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)
Suspiria (1977)
Naked Girl Killed in the Park (1972)


Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Nikita on 15 Aug 2007 - 22:22

Suspiria and Deep Red are the only ones I've seen.   :-*

But they're great.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: magnus on 02 Dec 2007 - 13:47
top 10;
1) Death Laid An Egg
2) Eye In the Labyrinth
3) Footprints
4) Who Saw Her Die
5) Play Motel
6) New York Ripper
7) Delirium (the one by Polselli of course...)
8) Case of the Scorpion´s Tail
9) Case of the Girl in the Yellow Pyjamas
10) Puzzle
Title: Re: What Are You Favourite Gialli?
Post by: zykl0nb on 02 Dec 2007 - 14:37
You certainly are right, Stephen – my sig features a still from Dallamano’s film. I love DAUGHTERS and think it has an edge over SOLANGE, personally speaking. I like the way in which it comes across as a hybrid of cop flick and giallo.

Anything with Mario Adorf is awesome!

Call me crazy, but I like Four Flies on Grey Velvet, I know it's quirky but I enjoy it for that.  The flamboyant detective, Bud Spencer, the coffin expo, the scimitar flashbacks, etc.

I think The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is simply a classic and perhaps somewhat genre-defining, while Deep Red is the be-all and end-all of gialli, they should have stopped making them after it came out.

Other top gialli:

Lizard in a Woman's Skin
Blood and Black Lace This one is considered one of the first of the genre, I love that the killer bears a striking resemblance to Charlston Comics character The Question, who Alan Moore also used as a basis for his character Rorschach in Watchmen.  Interestingly The Question first appeared in 1967, so maybe the killer's outfit in this movie was an inspiration for the comic character..
Knife of Ice left a good impression on me, a subdued film, and surprisingly lacking in gore for an Umberto Lenzi flick, this one is boiling with atmosphere and had some twists that I didn't anticipate.
Short Night of Glass Dolls left an impression on me for breaking from the mold of the genre.

I'm sure there are others I can't think of at the moment.. to me, even some of the worst Gialli are enjoyable to watch.  I've only seen a few that have been utterly unbearable, I think Death Carries a Cane is one that comes to mind..
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: bloodvamp on 21 Dec 2007 - 05:35
Tenebrae is my fave giallo. In the opening scenes, Anthony Franciosa is shown heading toward the airport on his bike. The steel girders of the bridge keep blocking and fragmenting his image. Does anybody think Argento deliberately filmed it this way to show Peter Neals schizo state of mind?
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 16 Feb 2008 - 23:54
Tenebrae is my fave giallo. In the opening scenes, Anthony Franciosa is shown heading toward the airport on his bike. The steel girders of the bridge keep blocking and fragmenting his image. Does anybody think Argento deliberately filmed it this way to show Peter Neals schizo state of mind?
Why would Jonny know? :-*
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Post by: K August on 17 Feb 2008 - 11:45
Tenebre
What Have you Done to Solange?
Cat o' Nine Tails
A White Veil for Mariele
The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh
All The Colours of the Dark
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
A Lizard in a Woman's Skin
Footprints

Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Pear Head on 28 Feb 2008 - 22:34
I like giallos they're probably my favourite type of Italian film. My favourites are:

Short Night Of The Glass Dolls
Opera
Blade In The Dark
Who Saw Her Diet
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 28 Feb 2008 - 22:56

Who Saw Her Diet

Is that about a fat bird :D
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Post by: Paul on 28 Feb 2008 - 23:03

Who Saw Her Diet

Is that about a fat bird :D

That Robbie Coltrane flick--THE POPE MUST DIE--was released in the States as THE POPE MUST DIET, as newspapers refused to advertise something that sound so blasphemous.  :-\

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Post by: Diabolik2 on 29 Feb 2008 - 17:50
SMILE BEFORE DEATH (anybody else seen this?)

FIFTH CORD (great cinematography)

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Post by: magnus on 01 Mar 2008 - 20:03
SMILE BEFORE DEATH (anybody else seen this?)
yup, didn´t like it all that much... but the theme song is nice and catchy!
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Post by: DjangoLi on 01 Mar 2008 - 20:14
SMILE BEFORE DEATH (anybody else seen this?)

FIFTH CORD (great cinematography)



I liked smile before death also :) I would really like to see a decent restored print of this one.

'Probably' the catchiest giallo-theme tune I can remember...(after Goblin's Deep Red and Tenebre)

If anyone wants them, here are English subtitles for 'The Man with Icy Eyes' (my 1st Italian fansub - it took about 16 hours!)

http://rapidshare.com/files/89928249/L_uomo.Dagli.Occhi.di.Ghiaccio.VHSRip.XViD-CM.rar.html

I found this film incredibly talky...I am guessing it's based on a book- does anyone know?



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Post by: ecc on 02 Mar 2008 - 01:47
What do people think of IN THE EYE OF THE HURRICANE with Jean Sorel, Analia Gade, Tony Kendall, and Rosanna Yanni?  I've never seen it so I'm looking for recommendations (and a source).
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Post by: Diabolik2 on 02 Mar 2008 - 17:44
EYE O/T HURRICANE was released on VHS in Holland and Belgium.

It's quite good.  Good story.

Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Pear Head on 07 Mar 2008 - 13:46

Who Saw Her Diet

Is that about a fat bird :D

That Robbie Coltrane flick--THE POPE MUST DIE--was released in the States as THE POPE MUST DIET, as newspapers refused to advertise something that sound so blasphemous.  :-\




Ooh! My bad that was a typo.  ::)
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Philleh on 30 Apr 2008 - 15:07
My fave Gialli would be:

*clears throat*

1. Tenebrae
2. Torso
3. The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh
4. Don't Torture a Duckling
5. Bay of Blood
6. Short Night of the Glass Dolls
7. What have they done to your Daughters?
8. Bird with the Crystal Plumage
9. New York Ripper?
10. What have you done to Salonge?
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: slizwiz on 19 Jun 2008 - 15:35
1. The Case Of The Bloody Iris
2. Seven Blood-Stained Orchids
3. My Dear Killer
4. The Night Evelyn Came Out Of Her Grave
5. Tenebre
6. Don't Torture A Duckling
7. Autopsy
8. Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key
9. Eyeball
10. Torso

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Post by: Dr Seward on 03 Jul 2008 - 00:16
1. Death Walks At Midnight (first Giallo I knowingly watched, love it)
2. All The Colours of the Dark
3. The House with Laughing Windows
4. Short Night of Glass Dolls
5. Blood & Black Lace
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Post by: theredroom on 08 Jul 2008 - 17:49
Guys... what a great site/forum... List coming soon!
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Post by: videohunter on 08 Jul 2008 - 22:15
top 5 for me are...

1-bay of blood
2-slaughter hotel
3-wide eyed in the dark
4-something is creeping in the dark (although not a giallo in the traditional sense, but many classify it as one , so i'll pick it)
5-death carries a cane
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Post by: CJ on 19 Jul 2008 - 02:00
Okay...favourite Gailli...well. I have to say that Argento wins my attention every time on this one...so...anyway...here goes...

1: Deep Red
2: Blood and Black Lace
3: 5 Dolls for an August Moon
4: 7 Bloodstained Orchids
5: Strip Nude for Your Killer

Okay, some odd choices there, but they make sense to me.

Honourable mentions to:

The Bloodstained Shadow
Solange
My Dear Killer
Opera
Stendahl Syndrome
The Killer Must Kill Again
The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave
Death Walks at Midnight
Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye
Lizard in a Woman's Skin
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Professor_White on 19 Aug 2008 - 18:45
these are the top films that just left an impact on me. Everything in them works perfect. i love them.

The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh
Don't Torture a Duckling
Bird with the Crystal Plumage
What have you done to Solange?
Seven Notes in Black
 
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Post by: sadistik1 on 05 Nov 2008 - 13:35
Delirium (Polselli)
Giallo a Venezia
The Sweet Body Of Deborah
Amuck
Tenebrae
The Killer Must Kill Again
So Sweet So Dead
Don't Torture A Duckling
All The Colours Of The Dark
The New York Ripper
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Post by: Sutekh on 30 Dec 2008 - 23:01
I just watched Autopsy and thoroughly enjoyed it. Watched Perfume of the Lady in Black last night which was a great trip, but what was going on in the final frames?!
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: K August on 16 Jan 2009 - 11:56
My list is pretty much the same as when I first posted, but since I'm watching a slew of gialli right now more might be added.

I just bought In the Folds of the Flesh which sounds whacked.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Michael Blanton 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
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Zarith 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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Post by: Outlaw Josey 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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Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 24 Jan 2009 - 23:11
Welcome to the forum Josey Wales :-\
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Post by: K August 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.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: bizarre_eye 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 è 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  :-*




Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: K August 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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Post by: Gary B. 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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Post by: prospero 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.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: 13-13 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.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: unclefred 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.





Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: prospero 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?
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: CardPlayer4 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

Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Inspector Tanzi 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
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: bill_javi 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... :(
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: bdc on 02 Oct 2009 - 20:35
I was wondering...do Hatchet For The Honeymoon and Bluebeard (1972) qualify as gialli?
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Jonny on 02 Oct 2009 - 21:38
I was wondering...do Hatchet For The Honeymoon and Bluebeard (1972) qualify as gialli?


Hatchet For The Honeymoon and Bluebeard (1972) ?
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Cabal on 04 Oct 2009 - 14:38
In no order

Deep Red
My Dear Killer
One on Top of the Other
Seven Notes In Black aka The Psychic
The Bird With The Crystal Plumage
What Have They Done To Solange?
The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
Eyes Of Crystal
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: bdc on 04 Oct 2009 - 19:52
I was wondering...do Hatchet For The Honeymoon and Bluebeard (1972) qualify as gialli?


Hatchet For The Honeymoon and Bluebeard (1972) ?
I case you're wondering they're not my 2 favorites (good movies though)...but would they qualify as gialli?

Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Michael Blanton on 04 Oct 2009 - 20:23
I was wondering...do Hatchet For The Honeymoon and Bluebeard (1972) qualify as gialli?
Hatchet For The Honeymoon and Bluebeard (1972) ?
I case your wondering they're not my 2 favorites (good movies though)...but would they qualify as gialli?

They could for the fact that both Forsyth's (John Harrington) and Burton's character (Baron von Sepper) is a delusional psychopath, and each is knocking off person after person.  Forsyth's character's issues are rooted in psychosexual trauma from his youth.  Burton knocks off each women after he sleeps with her. 

However, we know they are killers from the outset, unlike most Gialli in which we are trying to guess who the killer is.


Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: cannibal man on 06 Dec 2009 - 22:03


mine are

tenebrae
deep red
a blade in the dark.
cat o nine tails
bird with the crystal plumage.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: THE RITA HN on 16 Dec 2009 - 09:54
SO SWEET, SO DEAD
STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER
STRANGE VICE OF SIGNORA WARDH
VICE WEARS BLACK HOSE
FIVE WOMEN FOR THE KILLER
CALLING ALL POLICE CARS
THE EMBALMER
DEATH WALKS IN HIGH HEELS
SLAUGHTER HOTEL
THE NEW YORK RIPPER
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Mr. Arkadin on 27 Dec 2009 - 18:55
I'm new to the genre so my experience is limited, but from what I've seen so far:

Deep Red (1975)
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1969)
Seven Notes in Black (1977)
Your Vice is a Locked Room and only I have the Key (1972)
All The Colors of the Dark (1972)
Don't Torture a Duckling (1973)
A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971)
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: horrorC.K. on 22 Jan 2010 - 13:11
- Torso
- What have they done to Solange
- What have they done to your daughters
- Bloodstained shadow

 are a few that I like very much.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: ciavazzaro on 31 Jan 2010 - 21:44
Absolutely the first to me is Lizard in a woman's skin of my dear Lucio
Then L'assassino ha riservato nove poltrone [spoiler]but it would be considered more an horror than a giallo[/spoiler]
l'OCCHIO NEL LABIRINTO
Thank you i didn't saw the button yet !
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 31 Jan 2010 - 22:29
Then L'assassino ha riservato nove poltrone (but to it would be considered
SPOILER !

more an horror than a giallo

END SPOILER )
l'OCCHIO NEL LABIRINTO

Hi ciavazzaro

there is a spoiler button, look at the icons above when you post and there is one that says SP!

[spoiler]WELCOME TO THE FORUM BY THE WAY  :D[/spoiler]
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Emily on 25 Mar 2010 - 20:54
Mine are

The bird with crystal plumage
What have they done to Solange?
The Red Queen kills seven times
The butterfly with bloodstained wings
Hatchet for a honeymoon
My dear killer
Autopsy

just to name a few
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: boxcutter on 03 Apr 2010 - 21:19
The Etruscan Kills Again
The Case of the Bloody Iris
Death Walks on High Heels
Deep Red
So Sweet, So Dead (That upcoming DVD can't ship soon enough!)
Knife of Ice
Four Flies on Grey Velvet
The Perfume of the Lady in Black
L'arma, L'ora, il Movente
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: ordo.selene on 20 Apr 2010 - 08:48
  Favorites

- Svart Lucia (1992)
- Arabella, Black Angel
- Giallo in Venice
- The Murderer Is Still with Us
- Black Belly of the Tarantula
- So Sweet, So Dead
- Red Rings of Fear
- Strip Nude for Your Killer
- The Killer Reserved Nine Seats
- Death Walks on High Heels
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: vlassisy on 30 Aug 2010 - 00:38
My two all-times favorites are definitely Tenebre and Opera.  The Interwebz has lead me to believe that there's a significant number of people that think Martino rivals Argento in terms of who deserves the "Giallo King" moniker, but I've never been overly impressed with Martino's work (he's nowhere near as stylish as Argento, and he ruins otherwise excellent plots with very contrived and anticlimactic endings).  

Besides Tenebre and Opera, my favorite gialli are the really sleazy and ultraviolent ones.  I've heard Black Angel and The Monster of Florence are pretty over-the-top, but the sleaziest giallo that I've been able to get my hands on so far is Giallo a Venezia.  
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: romantico on 03 Sep 2010 - 13:42
My favorite gialli are what have you done to solange ? , who saw her die , bay of blood , la sorella di ursula , play motel ( hard version ) and giallo a venezia .
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: andydn on 30 Oct 2010 - 11:18
THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH
TENEBRAE
LIZARD IN A WOMANS SKIN
.....EYEBALL - (def a unique one with a lot of charm)
FORBIDDEN PHOTOS OF A LADY ABOVE SUSPICION - (for the sets, props and clothing alone)

Ive noticed everybodys lists are quite long - what a great thing, that there are enough of these gems out there for us all to have several favourites. Long live gialli!!!
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: argento on 02 Nov 2010 - 11:18
1 Deep Red (A creepy film with "style to burn" , I think Argentos best film in front of the first 3)
2 Tenebrae ( which I saw in a London cinema with " The Monster Club"...I used to love the review
in Time Out where the wimpy reviewer said "by the end of the film most of the cast have undergone savage cuts ( something the film could have done with as well..)
3 Black belly of the tarantula ( great Morricone lounge lizard music / with phoney rubber knife killings
 with Anabella Incontrera (who had an affair with a Tory politician according to the News of the World)
4 Death laid an egg
5 The Bloodstained Butterfly ( A well made film )
6 Crimes of the Black cat ( I remember seeing this at the Scala and having a laughing fit at the bogus cat jumping at the camera with Anthony Stiff one
7 Blood and Black Lace ( The Scala turned red and green when this was shown )
8 Death carries a Cane ( not all filmakers can be Orson Welles ! )
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: P.F. on 19 May 2011 - 15:58
Hi everybody,

I am French and my English is not perfect. For my first mail, I would like to know what you think about "The cat o' nine tails" (my favorite giallo). It is strange, I have the feeling that a lot of Argento fans don't like very much this great movie.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: broonage on 20 May 2011 - 13:54
Salut,

I think it is a brilliant giallo. I have the original Italian poster hanging proudly on my wall!
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 20 May 2011 - 14:19
Hi everybody,

I am French and my English is not perfect. For my first mail, I would like to know what you think about "The cat o' nine tails" (my favorite giallo). It is strange, I have the feeling that a lot of Argento fans don't like very much this great movie.
Welcome P.F.

I like Cat too, I think Four Flies is the weakest one from that period.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: P.F. on 20 May 2011 - 15:39
I love the end of "Four flies on grey velvet". What emotion! The death of Nina Tobias is almost filmed like a deliverance for her.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Paul on 20 May 2011 - 16:28
Welcome PF.

I don't dislike CAT but I do prefer FLIES and BIRD.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: bdc on 22 May 2011 - 08:58
Cat is a great giallo imho,love it.
Also love Four Flies btw.  :D
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: henkka on 01 Jul 2011 - 12:25
Well, all the Argentos are surely top notch and one of the greatest gialli. But apart from Darios some my favorites are:

La morte accarezza a mezzanotte / Death walks at midnight

-This perhaps is not the best Giallo in general consensus, but there is so much emotional content to it that it is one of my favorites, it's the one that started it all for me. So this is the first giallo I've ever seen. It was 7 or 8 years ago when I was 15 or 16 when it came from tv one night. By then I didn't know anything about giallo and after seeing it I was like woooooww, but could not guess there would be a whole bunch of other movies like it. The movie popped into my mind every once in a while, but I don't know why didn't I check for it from the internet or anything. But then accidently 2 years ago I got to Dario Argento movies as they were released on one Scandinavian label and were very cheap, like 5 euros. Bought them, checked more about them from the internet and got hooked really badly to giallo. And after the Argentos this one was the first giallos i bought on dvd. I think it's fucking great! One of the best soundtracks ever by Gianni Ferrio, Susan Scott is so sexy and it's very entertaining one.

Sei donne per l'assassino / Blood And Black Lace

-So stylish. I was lucky enough to see this one in a movie theatre last winter as it had this Giallo theme series. One of the favorites.

Giornata nera per l'ariete / The Fifth Cord

-So great camera work, beautiful film. Also managed to see this on big screen and it looked fantastic!

and last but not least Sergio Martino's:

Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh / Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh
Torso
La coda dello scorpione / Case of the scorpion's tail

Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Wednesday on 09 Sep 2011 - 21:26
I like The Black Belly of the Tarantula quite a lot. The plot was very well put together compared to some gialli I have seen and Giannini's character was complex and sympathetic. Not that a plot that makes no sense negates my enjoyment of a giallo, but I thought this one stood out for being well-crafted.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: giallohunter on 23 Oct 2011 - 15:14
Here are some of my favorite giallos:

Delirio caldo (1972)
Gli assassini sono nostri ospiti (1974)
Il profumo della signora in nero (1974)
La casa dalle finestre che ridono (1976)
L'assassino ha riservato nove poltrone (1974)
Le orme (1975)
Perché quelle strane gocce di sangue sul corpo di Jennifer? (1972)
Profondo rosso (1975)
Qualcosa striscia nel buio (1971)
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: vongrim82 on 30 Oct 2011 - 23:18
BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE
A LIZARD IN WOMANS SKIN
THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE
PROFONDO ROSSO
DOMT' TORTURE A DUCKLING
TENEBRE
SEVEN BLOODSTAINED ORCHIDS
FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON

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Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: strade on 28 Mar 2012 - 16:27
Hello, everyone!

I'm still a little new to this whole game, but The House With Laughing Windows is probably my favorite aside from Argento's work. Tenebre and Opera are my favorite gialli from Dario.
Title: Re: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Jonny on 28 Mar 2012 - 17:58
Hello, everyone!

I'm still a little new to this whole game, but The House With Laughing Windows is probably my favorite aside from Argento's work. Tenebre and Opera are my favorite gialli from Dario.

Welcome to the forum! Hope you stick around and join in the fun!
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 28 Mar 2012 - 18:47
Welcome Strade  ::)
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: strade on 28 Mar 2012 - 22:21
Welcome Strade  ::)

Thanks! I'm currently on a quest to watch as many gialli as humanly possible.

I have much to learn from you all.  ;)
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Zarith on 04 Apr 2012 - 15:43
I discovered or re-discovered a few Gialli recently, I though I would update my "favorite" list.

As time goes by, the holy trinity - Bava, Argento and Fulci - slowly disappear from my TOP10. It's strange...

01: THE PERFUME OF THE LADY IN BLACK (Francesco Barilli, 1974)
A little jewel from one of my favorite Italian director. Elegant and hypnotic.

02: WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? (Massimo Dallamano, 1972)
An excellent Giallo. Strong story, strong cast, beautiful photography.

03: THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS WARDH (Sergio Martino, 1970)
One of the most entertaining Gialli. Erotic, violent, twisted. A classic, with Italy's most memorable scream queen, Edwige Fenech.

04: PROFONDO ROSSO (Dario Argento, 1975)
Argento's Masterpiece. A fascinating work of art that deserves its iconic status.

05: LA CASA DALLE FINESTRE CHI RIDONO (Pupi Avati, 1976)
La Casa is a door... to something really disturbing. A haunted movie, unforgettable.

06: ENIGMA ROSSO (Alberto Negrin, 1978)
It falls apart in the end, but the first 45 minutes are brilliant. It's intense, dark and disturbing.

07: L'ASSASSINO E COSTRETTO AD UCCIDERE ANCORA (Luigi Cozzi, 1975)
A solid thriller, dynamic and clever. Antoine Saint-John delivers a very strong performance.

08: THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (Mario Bava, 1963)
Its suffers from a low ambition, but I enjoy it a lot. My favorite Bava with Operazione Paura.

09: TENEBRE (Dario Argento, 1982)
Vicious, cold, insane. The ultimate Giallo. Argento's last good movie, in my opinion.

10: A BLADE IN THE DARK (Lamberto Bava, 1983)
Silly but hugely entertaining. A guilty pleasure.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: WayneSmith on 30 Aug 2012 - 14:41
Is All the Colors of the Dark considered a giallo? I like this one a lot. Furthermore, I like the Jess Franco entry Bloody Moon. Dunno why that kept with me... Or is this one not considered a giallo either? Guess it's definitely not stereotypical.

This is one boring ass giallo if you ask me: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071537/. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071537/.) Though I dislike many many more...

Another one I DO like, though is Le foto di Gioia by Lamberto Bava http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093043/ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093043/) Nice 80's flick, and I think my favorite of this director. 
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: WayneSmith on 30 Aug 2012 - 14:55
05: LA CASA DALLE FINESTRE CHI RIDONO (Pupi Avati, 1976)
La Casa is a door... to something really disturbing. A haunted movie, unforgettable.

A lovely movie that is not considered a giallo by everyone, I think. But actually this one and "Don't torture a duckling" are some of my favorite italian 'cult' movies. I think both are gialli, but theyre both a-typical gialli (or giallos, whatever you prefer). 
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: pricey on 02 Sep 2012 - 18:08
Lots of Giallos merge into one film in my memory, but are still enjoyable when you're actually watching them.

The seminal Giallos for me are -

Opera.
Blood and Black Lace.
Death Laid an Egg.
Don't Torture a Duckling.
Who Saw Her Die.
Deep Red.
The Fifth Cord.
Perfume of the lady in Black.
The Blood Stained Butterfly.

Guilty Pleasures -

Nothing Underneath.
Giallo A Venezia.
Slaughter Hotel.
Murder Rock.
The New york ripper.
Play Motel.


 
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: ciavazzaro on 02 Sep 2012 - 18:48
All the colors of darks despite some horror elements is absolutely a giallo.
Im a big fan too of Bloody moon but i considered that more a slasher than a giallo,but this is my personal point of viewing off course
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: cannibal man on 11 Sep 2012 - 03:00


some very good ones here mate.

one of my recent faves is a blade in the dark by lamberto bava.

ok lamberto wil never be as good as his dad but this is very good very impressed with it.

others are i like.
death laid an egg.
deep red
dont torture a duckling.
unsane aka tenebrae.heehee.
new york ripper

im going to watching lots of gialli in the coming weeks ive not seen before so im sure ill add more to my list of fave gialli.


Lots of Giallos merge into one film in my memory, but are still enjoyable when you're actually watching them.

The seminal Giallos for me are -

Opera.
Blood and Black Lace.
Death Laid an Egg.
Don't Torture a Duckling.
Who Saw Her Die.
Deep Red.
The Fifth Cord.
Perfume of the lady in Black.
The Blood Stained Butterfly.

Guilty Pleasures -

Nothing Underneath.
Giallo A Venezia.
Slaughter Hotel.
Murder Rock.
The New york ripper.
Play Motel.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Scyther on 13 Sep 2012 - 01:05
Guilty Pleasures -

Giallo A Venezia.
Play Motel.

Have either of these (and Death Laid An Egg) ever seen a legit DVD release? All three of these still elude this giallo maniac.... :)
Title: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: demented_uk on 13 Sep 2012 - 07:03
Death Laid an Egg was released on DVD in Japan by King Records with an English audio track. It has also been released in Italy in a slightly different variant with better picture quality but sadly no English options. A fan DVD of the Japanese DVD exists that includes missing scenes taken from a VHS tape as extras. See the dedicated thread for more information.

Giallo a Venezia has never been officially released in DVD but an excellent fan composite produced by Marc does exist. This was sourced from VHS.

As for Play Motel, only poor quality VHS rips exists. I have an Italian screener taken from VHS and even that is poor quality. A Greek DVD exists but that is sourced from VHS.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Scyther on 13 Sep 2012 - 16:33
Death Laid an Egg was released on DVD in Japan by King Records with an English audio track. It has also been released in Italy in a slightly different variant with better picture quality but sadly no English options. A fan DVD of the Japanese DVD exists that includes missing scenes taken from a VHS tape as extras. See the dedicated thread for more information.

Thanks for the info!!  ::)
Giallo a Venezia has never been officially released in DVD but an excellent fan composite produced by Marc does exist. This was sourced from VHS.

As for Play Motel, only poor quality VHS rips exists. I have an Italian screener taken from VHS and even that is poor quality. A Greek DVD exists but that is sourced from VHS.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Collins on 17 Sep 2012 - 20:49
i havent seen that many but my favourites are who saw her die, a blade in the dark, deep red and the strange vice of mrs wardh.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Italo-West-Fan on 29 Sep 2012 - 15:05
I have only two favourite Gialli !
The first one is "The closet circut" and the second "Tropic of Cancer" !
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Petri on 29 Oct 2012 - 14:14
I've enjoyed reading through this topic. Many of the lists contained great movies and offered some new titles for me to hunt. I'd like to offer my list.

1. What Have They Done to Your Daughters? (La polizia chiede aiuto)
- Maybe not really the greatest example of giallo films but definitely a great film by Massimo Dallamano.

2. What Have You Done to Solange? (Cosa avete fatto a Solange?)
- A true giallo from Massimo Dallamano. It took a while to get this picture but it really was worth the waiting. Fabio Testi is really good in leading role.

3. Strip Nude for Your Killer (Nude per l'assassino)
- Maybe a bit sleazy but nonetheless effective movie. These are the kind of movies that just wouldn't get made in the US.

4. Seven Blood-Stained Orchids (Sette orchidee macchiate di rosso)
- Good murder mystery. It was some time ago that I watched this for the last time but it's effective every time.

5. Deep Red (Profondo rosso)
- A list wouldn't be complete without something from Dario Argento.

Bubbling under:
Don't Torture a Duckling (Non si sevizia un paperino)
A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (Lucertola con la pelle di donna)
Perfume of the Lady In Black (Profumo della Signora in Nero)
Blood and Black Lace
The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh)
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Gregory Giovanni Moore on 29 Oct 2012 - 16:14
So many out there that could make a top 10. Without Argento and Fulci it would be:

1 Death Walks at Midnight (dir: Luciano Ercoli)
2 The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (dir: Emilio Miraglia)
3 Love and Death in the Garden of the Gods (dir: Sauro Scavolini)
4 The Double, aka La controfigura (dir: Romolo Guerrieri)
5 Short Night of Glass Dolls (dir: Aldo Lado)
6 The Possessed, aka La donna del lago Lago (dir: Luigi Bazzoni, Franco Rossellini)
7 The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (dir: Sergio Martino)
8 The Fifth Cord (dir: Luigi Bazzoni)
9 The Bloodstained Butterfly (dir: Duccio Tessari)
10 Tropic of Cancer, aka Al tropico del cancro, aka Death in Haiti (dir: Giampaolo Lomi, Edoardo Mulargia) 

With Argento/Fulci reinstated:

1 Tenebrae (dir: Dario Argento)
2 Deep Red (dir: Dario Argento)
3 Opera (dir: Dario Argento)
4 Lizard in a woman's Skin (dir: Lucio Fulci)
5 Death Walks at Midnight (dir: Luciano Ercoli)
6 The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (dir: Emilio Miraglia; OOP NoShame)
7 Love and Death in the Garden of the Gods (dir: Sauro Scavolini)
8 The Double, aka La controfigura (dir: Romolo Guerrieri)
9 Short Night of Glass Dolls (dir: Aldo Lado)
10 Four Flies on Grey Velvet (dir: Dario Argento)
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: tigerheart76 on 19 Dec 2012 - 13:53
Have only seen four gialli so far, but I would rate them thus:

- DEEP RED
- THE FIFTH CORD
- TENEBRAE
- BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE

I watched BIRD recently and it was...OK. I felt it was Argento getting into his stride rather than anything else. DEEP RED stuck in my mind much more (and not just for the scary robot doll!!)
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: borki on 31 Dec 2012 - 14:20
Hi guys!
I'm new here and since i love gialli my first post should be here.  ;) In general my favorites are "by the book" gialli - violent and stylish murder mysteries. So my favorite 10 in no order are:
7 bloodstained orchids
My dear killer
Bloodstained shadow
Who saw her die
Opera
Bird with crystal plumage
Torso
Case of the bloody iris
A blade in the Dark
House with laughing windows

Sorry for my english, thanks for oportunity to be part of this great forum!!!

 
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Kevin Coed on 31 Dec 2012 - 14:39
Welcome. And there's nothing wrong with your English, it's perfect; unlike Paul's - and he bloody IS English!
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: borki on 31 Dec 2012 - 14:54
 :-\ Thanks! I watched many gialli and also read some stuff about them so i hope i'll be active in giallo-discussion. Cheers
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Jonny on 31 Dec 2012 - 15:26
Hi guys!
I'm new here and since i love gialli my first post should be here.  ;) In general my favorites are "by the book" gialli - violent and stylish murder mysteries. So my favorite 10 in no order are:
7 bloodstained orchids
My dear killer
Bloodstained shadow
Who saw her die
Opera
Bird with crystal plumage
Torso
Case of the bloody iris
A blade in the Dark
House with laughing windows

Sorry for my english, thanks for oportunity to be part of this great forum!!!

 

Some good choices there mate. Welcome aboard!  :-X
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Scyther on 31 Dec 2012 - 22:13
Second Johnny's statement, and your English is fine, mate! Cheers, and welcome!
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Strigoyu on 05 Jan 2013 - 10:07
I would say these:

1 L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo
2 Il gatto a nove code
3 Lo strano vizio della signora Wardh
4 La coda dello scorpione
5 Profondo rosso
6 Una lucertola con la pelle di donna
7 Cosa avete fatto a Solange?
8 Sei donne per l'assassino
9 Non si sevizia un paperino
10 La tarantula dal ventre nero

I know my list might seem a bit strange but, you know, that's my opinion, though... Regards, mates!!!
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Russell22 on 22 Mar 2013 - 14:48
For me -

Deep Red
Tenebrae
Curse of the scorpion's tail
My Dear Killer (shockingly underated IMHO)
Seven blood stained orchids.

I've always struggled with Short night of glass dolls. It's beautifully shot but i wouldn't class it as a Giallo persee. More of a mystery thriller.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: filmiracle on 10 Jan 2014 - 02:03
I love too many, but I'll start with my all time favorite giallo (and all time favorite film) -- Romolo Guerrieri's La Controfigura (aka, The Double, aka, Love Inferno) ... Some of my other favorites include Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion; Snapshot for Murder; Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh; Quiet Place to Kill; My Wife, A Body to Love; The Sweet Body of Deborah; Death Laid an Egg; Deadly Sweet; All the Colors of the Dark; Interabang; The Killer Wore Gloves; and many more!
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: aerodynamics on 10 Jan 2014 - 16:33
I love too many, but I'll start with my all time favorite giallo (and all time favorite film) -- Romolo Guerrieri's La Controfigura (aka, The Double, aka, Love Inferno) ... Some of my other favorites include Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion; Snapshot for Murder; Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh; Quiet Place to Kill; My Wife, A Body to Love; The Sweet Body of Deborah; Death Laid an Egg; Deadly Sweet; All the Colors of the Dark; Interabang; The Killer Wore Gloves; and many more!

Great list!  I like your emphasis on the late 60s films.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: strade on 08 Jun 2014 - 06:23
I finally saw What Have You Done to Solange? today, and it immediately jumped to near the top of my list. Between the tightly plotted story, that terribly sad last scene, and beauties around every corner, not a dull moment was had. Great film. Wish the DVD wasn't out of print...
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: pepua on 12 Aug 2014 - 12:45
Hi, one of my favorite giallo is The Possessed aka La donna del lago from Luigi Bazzoni, its a real gem for me. I really love that depressive and sad atmosphere which movie has...
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: slizwiz on 11 Jun 2015 - 11:52
Recently, The Dead Are Alive jumped into my top 3 faves. So moody and so crazy. It's a good one.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: strangedaysindeed on 13 Jun 2015 - 12:21
Maybe its me, but I just saw:

BLOODSTAINED SHADOW
SHORT NIGHT OF GLASS DOLLS
WHO SAW HER DIE?

Saw them all for the 1st time via Blue Underground DVD.
Was not impressed with any of them! Although none were helped by having only English dub option.
Does anyone have anything good to say about these?
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Raf A. on 13 Jun 2015 - 12:48
Maybe its me, but I just saw:

BLOODSTAINED SHADOW
SHORT NIGHT OF GLASS DOLLS
WHO SAW HER DIE?

Saw them all for the 1st time via Blue Underground DVD.
Was not impressed with any of them! Although none were helped by having only English dub option.
Does anyone have anything good to say about these?

Those Lado movies are great.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: DarkAngel on 13 Jul 2015 - 00:21
I've been fortunate enough to be able to collect a good amount of all the good one's.  I will definitely have to re-visit this again in the future but off the top of my head I really enjoyed The bird with the crystal plumage.
Title: Re: What Are Your Favourite Gialli?
Post by: Cinephagous on 28 Aug 2020 - 16:50
Deep Red (Dario Argento)
Suspiria (Dario Argento)
The third eye (Mino Guerrini)
La Residencia a.k.a. "The house that screamed" (Narciso Ibáñez Serrador) - It´s not Italian but from Spain; can be considered a giallo anyway
The short night of the glass dolls (Aldo Lado)
The house with laughing windows (Pupi Avati)
Tenebrae (Dario Argento)
The New York ripper (Lucio Fulci)