Giallo & Eurocrime (poliziottesco/poliziesco: mafia vs. mafia or mafia vs. psycho cop) Page 2


A favourite film genre of mine is Giallo. The visually stylish, violent and
often macabre Italian crime-thrillers from the 1960's - 1970's called Gialli,

Yellow, after the color of the Pulp Fiction book series released in Italy.

One of the cinematographic Titans and the creators of the genre was/were
the great Mario Bava, the visual master and among his genre successors
were directors like Umberto Lenzi, Aldo Lado, Luciano Ercoli, Lucio Fulci,
Sergio Martino, Massimo Dallamano, Luigi Bazzoni and .... naturally, the
very influential genre master Dario Argento.

Then we have the 1970's Italian crime movies with mafia and/or police,
the Poliotteschi movies and gangster/mob movies, sub-genres within the
Eurocrime genre. Eurocrime? Yes, i guess basically 1970's continental
European crime movies, and very popular today among genre lovers (as
director Quentin Tarantino). One of the true Masters of the genre was/were
Fernando Di Leo and his films really has got some bite to them.

The pics at the side of this text show the sleeves of 2 old but nice Dario
Argento gialli VHS cassettes from the time before DVD

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Dario's great 3rd giallo in a fine Koch Media release
with lost scenes added from other sources.
Murder, Madness, Mimsy and Morricone Music.
For decades never officially released on a VHS or
DVD. This blu-ray in a cool german digibook edition

Four Flies on Grey Velvet (Quattro mosche di vellutio grigio)

Direction & co-script: Dario Argento, production: 1972

Cast: Michael Brandon, Mimsy Farmer, Bud Spencer
Blu-ray in english or italian audio, german subs, region B
German Koch Media Digibook blu-ray + 2 DVD edition

 

The Most famous giallo ever made and one of
Argento's best on Fredric Brown's The Screaming
Mimi 1949 pulp novel. Glorious cinematography
and ST from Vittorio Storaro and Ennio Morricone.
Beautiful German Koch Media Digibook edition

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (L'uccello Dalle Piume di
Cristallo/Das Geheimnis der schwarzen Handschuhe/The Gallery Murders)

Direction & script: Dario Argento, production: Italy-West Germany 1970
Cast: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Eva Renzi, Umberto Raho
Blu-ray in english or italian audio, region B
German Koch Media Digibook blu-ray + 2 DVD edition

 

Yes, i see this as an Eurocrime effort with the setting
in Sicilia and San Francisco among Sicilian mobsters
with an italian director and many italian actors in it.
But, this is a Bottom of the Barrel film in the genre and
even though Keach is OK, Roger though ...

Gli Esecutori (The Sicilian Cross/The Executors/Opium Road/Street
People/Abrechnung in San Franzisko)

Direction and co-script: Maurizio Lucidi, production: Italy-USA 1976
Cast: Roger Moore, Stacy Keach, Ivo Garrani, Fausto Tozzi
Blu-ray in english audio, region B
German Koch Media 2017 blu-ray edition

 

The Giallo masterpiece in a nice blu-ray edition.
Unjustly overlooked is the great Clara Calamai as the
mother of Carlo, what an intense performance.
I can't remember seing her or her being discussed in
any extras. The commentary dude calls her a Fascist
actress .... and Nicolodi attacks Dario - again in extras

Deep Red (Profondo Rosso)

Direction: Dario Argento, production: 1975

Cast: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabrielle Lavia
Blu-ray in italian or english audio with english subs, region B
UK Arrow Video blu-ray edition

 

Number 2 in the Mothers series. Visual fireworks with
a gorgeous start but a disappointing ending. I love the
Cat Lady in Rome and the Irene Miracle scene with
the waterfilled room in NY. Warning for cat throwing.
Mario Bava did his last work on this film, some
optical effects. Keith Emerson did the fine score

Inferno

Direction: Dario Argento, production: 1980

Cast: Leigh McCloskey, Eleonora Giorgio, Daria Nicolodi
Blu-ray
in italian or english audio with english subs, region B
UK Arrow Video blu-ray edition

 

A late giallo better than it's reputation. Stringently
made, atmospheric psychological crime-drama
about the real-life unsolved 1968-1984 serial killings
around Florence. Media named the perp "Monster
of Florence". Limited edition of 1000 copies with 2
versions, a 101 min and a 94 minute one

Il Mostro di Firenze (Night Ripper)

Direction and co-script: Cesare Ferrario, production: 1986

Cast: Leonard Mann, Bettina Giovanni Gabriele Tinto
Blu-ray and DVD Combo edition in italian audio with english subs
German Film Art blu-ray region free or B, DVD region free or 2

 


Strange experimental art giallo from Argentinian
Onetti with an assault of images. Dolls, gloves and
knives and filmed almost in it's entirety in POV.
I'm not sure what happened in this film but at least
it was interesting with dreamlike qualities to it

Sonno Profondo (Deep Sleep)

Direction, script, photo, music: Luciano Onetti, production:
Nicolas Onetti Argentina 2013
Cast: Daiana Garcia, Luciano Onetti, Silvia Duhalde
DVD in italian audio with english subtitles, region free
US Brink Vision 2014 DVD unrated edition

 

Il Maestro Aristide Massaccesi's (Joe D'Amato)
direction debut is a Great Gothic horror Giallo
with a really, really intricate story, very complicated
indeed. Klaus as a doctor, beautiful photography as
always from Aristide and also the sweet Ewa Aulin

Death Smiles at Murder (La Morte ha sorriso all'assassino)

Direction, photo, co-script: Aristide Massaccesi, production: 1973

Cast: Ewa Aulin, Klaus Kinski, Luciano Rossi, Angela Bo

Youtube Streaming Video

 

OK, not exactly a giallo, but still a psycho-drama-thriller
done the Euro way with a ST by Stelvio Cipriano.
The Lovely Britt Ekland is Great
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What The Peeper Saw

Direction: James Kelly, production: UK-Spain 1972

Cast: Britt Ekland, Mark Lester, Hardy Kruger, Lilli Palmer
DVD in english audio, region free
US VCI Entertainment unrated edition

 

A slightly psychedelic arty giallo where a bunch of
people gathers in a big mansion in the countryside.
They enjoy an orgy before the killing starts.
Scavolini is better known for his trashy and delirious
Nightmares in a Damaged Brain, the Video Nasty

Un Bianco Vestito per Marialé (A White Dress for Marialé)

Direction and photo: Romano Scavolini, production: 1971

Cast: Evelyn Stewart, Luigi Pistilli, Ivan Rassimov

Youtube Streaming Video

 


German Krimi - atmospherical, macabre and often
very entertaining crime movies with that perfect
and suitably right B movie feeling. These films
may've inspired the coming italian Gialli films

Edgar Wallace Collection 3 (The Terrible People-Die Bande
des Schreckens/Inn on the River-Das Gasthaus der Themse)

Direction: Harald Reinl/Alfred Vohrer, production: Germany 1960/1962
Cast: Joachim Fuchsberger, Karin Dior/ Klaus Kinski, Fuchsberger
DVD in english audio, black & white, region free
US Retro Media unrated edition

 

A series of murders of elder men are investigated
to be a part of insurance frauds, in this slick looking
delightfully macabre Krimi also with an inventive
elevator murder. Plus a gothic horror from Riccardo
Freda (more about this film on my Horror Film page)

Die Toten Augen Von London (Dead Eyes of London)/The Ghost

Direction: Alfred Vohrer, production: Germany 1961 (The Ghost, see Horror)

Cast: Joachim Fuchsberger, Karin Baal, Klaus Kinski
DVD in english audio, black & white, region free
US Retro Media edition

 


A Lenzi giallo with a bad reputation that i quite liked.

Yes, it's somewhat sloppily made but still a reasonably
entertaining murder mystery in the Who-dun-it style
and with a Spanish setting. Not Good at all but OK

Labyrinth des Schreckens (Gatti rossi in un labirinto di vetro/Eyeball/
The Secret Killer/Wide eyed in the dark)

Direction: Umberto Lenzi, production: 1975
Cast: Martine Brochard, John Richardsson, Ines Pellegrino
DVD in english audio, region free PAL
German Marketing Film edition

 


Dallamano delivers again with this enjoyable drug-
thriller. We got some very colorful bad guys, a slick
Ivan Rassimov and a voluptuos Beacham.
Great Trash and with a cool soundtrack

Super Bitch (Si puo' essere piu' bastardi dell' ispettore Cliff ?
/Mafia Junction)

Direction and script: Massimo Dallamano, production: 1973
Cast: Ivan Rassimov, Stephanie Beacham, Patricia Hayes
DVD in italian or english audio with english subtitles, region free PAL
UK Arrow Video edition

 


A so so but strange giallo where murders with a
fairytale twist to them can be traced to a big villa
with Zoo animals. Gorgeous Corinne Clery plays
a model that leads Michele Placido's cop there

Plot of Fear (E Tanta paura/Bloody Peanuts)

Direction: Paolo Cavara, production: 1976

Cast: Michele Placido, Corinne Clery, Eli Wallach
DVD in italian or english audio with english subtitles, region free?
US Raro Video unrated edition

 


Beautifully shot giallo pastiche that really is an
artmovie. But i didn't like it, sorry all fans.
Too cold, stiff and boring Zzzzzz.... snore. I hated
this pretentious bore and This is not a giallo

Amer

Direction: Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani, production: Belgium 2009

Cast: Charlotte Eugene Guibbaud, Marie Bos, Cassandra Forét
DVD in french audio with english subtitles, region 2 PAL
UK Anchor Bay edition

 


Demented psycho thriller and a late giallo offering
(or maybe an early Neo-giallo) where a maniac cuts
out body parts from his victims and then place them
in the home of a recently widowed woman

Body Puzzle

Direction and co-script: Lamberto Bava, production: 1992

Cast: Joanna Pacula, Tomas Arana, Francois Montagut
DVD in english audio, region free ?
US Raro Video unrated edition

 

Really obscure psychological crime drama, and
maybe more of a Film Noir and Feel Bad than a
giallo. But Marisa Mell is good as the woman
with a social class complex in an unusual B crime
movie. Interesting But an awful looking transfer

Death Will Have Your Eyes (La Moglie giovane/The Young Wife/Infamia)

Direction: Giovanni D ' Eramo, production: Spain - Italy 1974

Cast: Marisa Mell, Farley Granger, Francisco Rabal, Helga Liné
DVD in italian audio with english subtitles, region free
US Mya Communication edition

 


Entertaining, violent and snappy police action in
the Poliotteschi sub-genre of Eurocrime.
2 young special branch cops executes criminals
and hunts a mob boss. Deodate delivers again

Uomini si nasce poliziotti si muore (Live Like a Cop Die Like a Man)

Direction: Ruggero Deodato, script: Fernando Di Leo, production: 1976

Cast: Ray Lovelock, Marc Porel, Adolfo Celi, Silvia Dionisio
DVD in italian or english audio with english subtitles, region free ?
US Raro Video unrated 2011 edition

 

Superior crime thriller and Neo-Noir from italian
genre master Fernando Di Leo, where a man just
out of prison is believed to have stolen money
belonging to the Milano mob.
From The Di Leo Crime Collection box (see below)

Caliber 9 (Milano Calibro 9)

Direction: Fernando Di Leo, production: 1972

Cast: Gastone Moschin, Barbara Bouchet, Mario Adorf
DVD in english or italian audio with english subtitles, region free ?
US Raro Video unrated 2011 edition

 

Super DVD collection release from Raro with the
explosive and powerful crime films of Di Leo.
Caliber 9, The Boss, The Italian Connection + 1.
DVD release of the year for me this is. Great work
Raro Video staff

Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection

Direction: Fernando Di Leo, production: 1972-1976

Cast: Henry Silva, Mario Adorf, Barbara Bouchet m. fl.
DVD in english or italian audio with english subtitles, region free ?
US Raro Video 2011 unrated 4 disc edition

 


An Obscure, slow, B-ish but atmospherical
english giallo from ex-spaniard José Larraz with
lots of nudity and the Über Gorgeous Allan
But, an abominable DVD edition of VHS quality

Scream and Die! (L'ombra dell'assassino/The House That Vanished)

Direction: José Ramón Larraz, production: 1973

Cast: Andrea Allan, Karl Lanchbury, Maggie Walker
DVD in english audio, region free
US Substance edition

 


Crime horror where a couple of restaurateurs who
has committed murder makes a journey into a dark
world of paranoia and bad conscience. Made for TV.
A sometimes interesting film, but only mildly

Until Death (Per Sempre/Fino alla morte)

Direction: Lamberto Bava, production: 1987

Cast: Gioia Scola, David Brandon, Urbano Barberini
DVD in english audio, region free
US Mya Communication edition

 


Great Sicilian crime movie, well, not a giallo but
maybe within the Eurocrime genre, even though
arty? A judge has been murdered in Palermo and
the question is if the murder is political or not ?

How To Kill A Judge (Perché si uccide un magistrato)

Direction: Damiano Damiani, production: 1974

Cast: Franco Nero, Francoise Fabian
DVD in italian or english audio with english subtitles, region free
US Blue Underground unrated edition

 


Great groundbreaking violent giallo with corpses
piling up and the hunt is on for 1 million USD.
Slick, nasty and very stylish. Great stuff it is.
Interview with Martino and Hilton, trailer etc.

The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (La Coda dello scorpione)

Direction: Sergio Martino, production: 1971

Cast: Anita Strindberg, George Hilton, Ida Galli, Janine Reynaud
DVD in italian audio with english subtitles, region 1
US No Shame unrated edition

 


Crime thriller where a couple is taken as hostage
by some men out for revenge. A VERY BAD film
from Castellari, a fish out of water in this genre, but
a soundtrack from Morricone at least

Cold Eyes of Fear (Gli occhi freddi della paura/desperate moments)

Direction and script: Enzi G. Castellari, production: 1971

Cast: Gianni Garko, Giovanna Ralli, Julián Mateos
DVD in english audio, region free
US Ryko Distribution unrated edition

 

Fun Mexican thriller-drama-giallo with moments of
fetishism leading the thoughts to Luis Bünuel.
Dark humour when an irritated machismo afflicted
man let his fury loose on the women in a apartment
building. Nice Bavaesque title. 4:3 mono

Terror y encajes negros (Terror and Black Silk)

Direction: Luis Alcoriza, production: 1985

Cast: Maribel Guardia, Gonzalo Vega, Claudio Obregón
DVD in spanish audio with english subtitles, region 1
US Desert Mountain media edition

 

A macabre psycho-horror where a fashion designer
goes havoc due to a nasty wedding- combined
mother fetish. Not one of Bavas better films sadly
but this obscure offering do look great visually,
and it has genre cult actress Dagmar Lassander in it

A Hatchet For the Honeymoon (Una Hacha para la luna de miel/
Blood Brides/ The Red Sign of Madness/Il Rosso segno della follia)

Direction: Mario Bava, production: 1969
Cast: Stephen Forsyth, Dagmar Lassander, Laura Betti
DVD in english audio, region 1
US Image Entertainment unrated edition

 

Aaaah, i just loves spanish gialli, and this is a great
one indeed. With tons of atmosphere and killings
committed to nursery rhymes, with El Hombre Lobo
and the beautiful Diana Lorys. Extras with a Super
commentary with Paul Naschy and Carlos Aured

The Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (Los Ojos azules de la muñeca rota/
House of Psychotic Women)

Direction: Carlos Aured, production: 1973
Cast: Paul Naschy, Diana Lorys, Eva Leon, Maria Perschy
DVD in spanish audio with english subtitles, region free ?
US BCI Deimos unrated edition

 

A Quacking knife killer is on the loose in NY in
Fulci's maybe most controversial film due to it's
violence against women. It's disturbing but also
is a taut, atmospheric and intense giallo, and may
be underrated due to it's misogynistic infamy

The New York Ripper (Lo Squartatore di New York/The Ripper)

Direction: Lucio Fulci, production: 1982

Cast: Jack Hedley, Alexandra Delli Colli, Almanta Keller
DVD in english audio, region free
US Blue Underground unrated edition

 

Wildly cool Turkish giallo with Sex, psychedelic
dream sequences and a razor wielding murderer.
Also a weird gothic horror. With extras and a
Cultural Feat of the highest order by Bill Barounis,
the man behind Onar Films, sadly died in 2011

Aska Susayanlar Seks ve Cinayet (Thirsty for Love Sex and
Murder)/Ölüler Konusmazki (The Dead Don't Talk)


Direction: Mehmet Aslan, prod.: 1972/Yavuz Yalinkilic, prod.: 1970
Cast: Meral Zeren, Eva Bender, Kadir Inanir/Ayetin Akkaya, S. Yaprak
DVD in turkish audio with english subtitles, region free PAL
Greece Onar Films edition

 


The Mother of all Gialli with a murder on the loose
in an italian Fashion House. A Visually sensational
masterpiece in gorgeous colors. Lots of extras incl.
a commentary by the Bava expert Tim Lucas.

Blood and Black Lace (Sei donne per l'assassino)

Direction: Mario Bava, production: 1964

Cast: Eva Bartok, Cameron Mitchell, Thomas Rainer
DVD in english or italian audio, region free
US VCI Entertainment 2 disc edition

 


A Great looking and very popular giallo about murder
in a catholic girlschool in London. Lots of atmosphere
and a great soundtrack from Ennio Morricone, and
with genre cult actress Camille Keaton

What Have You Done To Solange?(Cosa avete fatto a Solange)

Direction: Massimo Dallamano, production: 1972

Cast: Fabio Testi, Christina Galbo, Camille Keaton, Karin Baal
DVD in english audio, region 1
US Shriek Show unrated edition

 


A group of hippies seek shelter in a big house
and are drawn into a satanic cult with a massacre
coming. Extra an interview with Camille Keaton, trailer

Tragic Ceremony (Estratto dagli archivi segrati delle Polizia di una
capitale Europea/Tragica Ceremonia)

Direction: Riccardo Freda, production: 1972
Cast: Camille Keaton, Luciana Paluzzi, Luigi Pastilli
DVD in italian audio with english subtitles, region 1
US Dark Sky unrated edition

 

An obscure and unseen crime-horror from Japan,
maybe a Neo-Giallo Noir with tons of visual style.
Gloriously unhinged about models, murders and
the amost apparition like killer Black Kiss.
Too strange to fit in and Tezka's film career ended

Black Kiss (Synchronicity)

Direction: Macoto Tezka, production: Japan 2004 (2006 release)

Cast: Kaori Kawamura, Reika Hashimoto, Masanobu Ando
DVD in japanese audio with english subtitles, region 1
US Tokyo Shock 2007 unrated edition

 

A VERY GOOD and violent giallo with a Driller
Killer scene and a Bava-esque bathtub murder.
Based on a pulp fiction Master Cornell Woolrich
novel, and this could be Lenzi's best movie
Interview with Lenzi and Giorgelli in the extras

Seven Blood Stained Orchids (Sette volti per l'assassino)

Direction: Umberto Lenzi, production: 1971

Cast: Uschi Glas, Antonio Sabato, Gabriella Giorgelli, Marisa Mell
DVD in english audio, region 1
US Shriek Show unrated edition

 


Violent Eurocrime revenge B movie where Ricco
is looking for a gangster to hurt. With the Z-grade
actor son of the great Robert Mitchum in an
obscure trash movie (which i haven't seen yet)

Ricco The Mean Machine (Cauldron of Death/The Dirty Mob)

Direction: Tulio Demicheli, production: 1973

Cast: Christopher Mitchum, Barbara Bouchet, Malisa Longo
DVD in english audio, region 1
US Dark Sky unrated edition

 


A woman with ESP powers is haunted by
visions of murder and naturally, she's in-
vestigating the cases herself in a true Gialli
way regardless of the risks. Extra a 27 minute
featurette Voices from the Black

The Psychic (Sette note in nero/Seven Notes in Black)

Direction: Lucio Fulci, production: 1977

Cast: Jennifer O'Neill, Gabriele Ferzetti, Evelyn Stewart
DVD in english audio, region 1
US Severin unrated edition

 


A very good and stylish early Fulci giallo with
Jean Sorel in a love triangle and with murders
in San Francisco. A Soundtrack CD with music
from Riz Ortolani is included

Perversion Story (One on Top of the Other/Una sull' altra)

Direction: Lucio Fulci, production: 1969

Cast: Marisa Mell, Jean Sorel, Elsa Martinelli, John Ireland
DVD with english or italian audio, region free
US Severin 2 Disc edition with soundtrack CD

 


NO, this is NOT a giallo, but a political satire combined
erotic comedy. Whoops, a genre only loved by italians
i guess, but this is a Fulci film so i place it here anyway
and then there's Anita Strindberg, the Giallo icon in it


The Eroticist (The Senator Likes Women)

Direction: Lucio Fulci, production: 1972

Cast: Laura Antonelli, Lando Buzzanca, Anita Strindberg
DVD in italian audio with english subtitles, region free
US Severin unrated edition

 

Trashy but enjoyable Eurocrime B movie from Andrea
Bianchi about mafiosos in a garbage DVD edition.
Enforcer Tony kills and meets a sexy gangsters wife.
With great Henry Silva and Hot Barbara Bouchet
A fullscreen abomination edition though

Cry of a Prostitute (Quelli che contano)

Direction: Andrea Bianchi, production: 1974

Cast: Henry Silva, Barbara Bouchet, Mario Landi
DVD in english audio, region free
US Substance edition

 



A Collection Box with 8 films on 6 discs from the
Master of Horror's 1970's with commentary
tracks etc. as extras

Mario Bava Collection Volume 2 (5 Dolls For an August Moon /
Roy Colt Winchester Jack/A Bay of Blood/Baron Blood/Lisa&the Devil etc)

Direction: Mario Bava, production: 1970-1974
Cast: Elke Sommer, Claudine Auger, Brett Halsey m fl
DVD in english or italian audio, region 1
US Anchor Bay unrated
6 disc edition box

 



A Collection of 5 films from Horror Master Mario
Bava and his 1960's output, even though some are
missing. Commentary tracks etc. as extras

Mario Bava Collection Volume 1 (Black Sunday/Knives of the
Avenger/The Girl Who Knew Too Much/Black Sabbath/Kill, Baby... Kill!)

Direction: Mario Bava, production: 1960-1966
Cast: Barbara Steele/Cameron Mitchell/Leticia Roman/Erica Blanc
DVD in english or italian audio, region 1
US Anchor Bay unrated edition
5 disc edition box

 

A Visually gorgeous crime flick where a Gringa is
drawn into a Murder Mystery in Rome.
Is this the first Giallo film ever made ?
With a commentary by Bava expert Tim Lucas and
an interview with actor John Saxon

La Ragazza Che Sapeva Troppo (The Girl Who Knew Too Much)

Direction: Mario Bava, production: 1962

Cast: Leticia Roman, John Saxon, Valentina Cortese
DVD in italian audio with english subtitles, region 1
US Anchor Bay unrated edition - from Mario Bava Collection Vol. 1

 


A Surprisingly Great minimalistic, to the point of
being almost experimental, car crime drama. Daring
from a man of his age, but the film was sadly lost
and seen by none. Here in 2 versions, great film.
Commentary and a Making Of

Rabid Dogs (Cani arrabbiati) + Kidnapped

Direction: Mario Bava, production: 1975

Cast: Riccardo Cucciolla, Lea Lander, Luigi Montefiore
DVD in italian audio with english subtitles, region 1
US Anchor Bay unrated edition - from Mario Bava Collection Vol. 2

 



The direction debut of Cozzi is a Giallo Horror
where a man murder his wife anfd the body goes
missing. With a commentary track from Luigi Cozzi

The Killer Must Kill Again (Il Ragno/The Spider)

Direction: Luigi Cozzi, production: 1973

Cast: George Hilton, Michel Antoine, Christina Galbo
DVD in italian audio with english subtitles, region 1
US Mondo Macabro unrated edition

 


Full Throttle On in a very entertaining and gloriously
violent crime-action with a superb Testi
.
A Commentary track with low budget genius action
film maker Enzo G. Castellari

The Big Racket

Direction: Enzo G. Castellari, production: 1976

Cast: Fabio Testi, Vincent Gardenia, Renzo Palmer
DVD in english audio, region free
US Blue Underground unrated edition

 


Enjoyable mix of gothic horror and giallo with
the Lovely Jane "Je Taime Moi Non Plus" Birkin
in an ancient castle with a cat and her then buddy
Serge Gainsbourg as a policeman

Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye (La Morte negli occhi del gatto)

Direction: Antonio Margheriti (Anthony M. Dawson), production: 1973

Cast: Jane Birkin, Hiram Keller, Anton Diffring, Serge Gainsbourg
DVD in english audio, region free
US Blue Underground unrated edition

 



Lambert Bava's, the son of Mario, first 2 decently
good and slick looking gialli horrors collected on
one disc. No earth shattering viewings, but OK

A Blade in the Dark (La Casa con la scala nel buio)/
Macabre (Macabro/Frozen Terror)/

Direction: Lamberto Bava, production: 1980/1983
Cast: Bernice Stegers, Roberto Posse/Andrea Occhipinti, Anny Papa
DVD in english audio, region free
US Anchor Bay unrated edition

 



Ultra violent Eurocrime action á la the Fulci way
with Fabio Testi as a smuggler drawn into a war
between mafiosos

Contraband

Direction: Lucio Fulci, production: 1980

Cast: Fabio Testi, Marcel Bozzuffi
DVD in english audio, region free
US Blue Underground unrated edition

 


Great psychological giallo, delightfully strange
where you see an unconcious woman on a beach
and a psycho strangling female dolls .... aaah, i just
love the 1970's and with lovely Suzy in it too
Extra a 13 min interview with Umberto Lenzi

Spasmo (The Death Dealer)

Direction: Umberto Lenzi, production: 1976

Cast: Suzy Kendall, Robert Hoffman, Ivan Rassimov
DVD in english audio, region 1
US Shriek Show unrated edition

 

2 really cool gialli in a glorious limited Box edition
with a beautiful action figurine (The Lady in Red?)
which i still proudly display on my filmshelf.
My box was numbered 5262 in a 7000 edition.
No Shame - You were truly great, thanks

The Emilio Miraglia Killer Queen Box Set (2 disc + figurine)
La Notte che Evelyn usci' dalla tomba/La Dama rossa ucciide sette volta)

Direction: Emilio P. Miraglia, production: 1971/1972
Cast: Marina Malfatti, Erica Blanc/Barbara Bouchet, Sybil Danning
DVD in english audio, region free
US No Shame unrated edition

 


A Luxurious Death Box Set with 2 classic Ercoli
gialli and a CD with the soundtrack by Stelvio
Cipriani. A booklet and cards
Aaaaah, No Shame is no more, but what a fine
company it was with such glorious editions

Death Walks on High Heels (La Morte cammina con i tachi alti)/
Death Walks at Midnight
(La Morte accarezza a mezza notte)

Direction: Luciano Ercoli, production: 1971-1972
Cast: Nieves Navarro (Susan Scott), Simon Andreau, Claudie Lange
DVD in italian audio with english subtitles, region free
US No Shame 3 disc unrated edition

 


Franco Nero plays a journalist hunting a murderer
in a VERY stylish giallo with amazing photo from
Vittorio Storaroand a soundtrack from Ennio
Morricone. An Art Giallo maybe this is

The Fifth Cord (Giornata nera per l'Ariete/Black Day of Aries)

Direction: Luigi Bazzoni, production: 1971

Cast: Franco Nero, Silvia Monti, Edmund Purdom
DVD in english audio, region free
US Blue Underground unrated edition

 


A deliriously trashy Sleaze giallo with voluptuos
favourite Serena Grandi as gent's magazine owner
whose female models are being murdered.
With interviews actors etc. as extras

Delirium (Le Foto di Gioia/Photo of Gioia)

Direction: Lamberto Bava, production: 1987

Cast: Serena Grandi, Daria Nicolodi, Luigi Montefieri, David Brandon
DVD in english audio, region 1
US Shriek Show unrated edition

 


Superb anthology horror from the Master Bava.
3 short stories: The Wurdalak with russian vampires,
The Telephone and the genuinely scary and disturbing
Drop of Water

Black Sabbath (I Tre volte della paura)

Direction: Mario Bava, production: 1963

Cast: Michele Mercier, Lydia Alfonso, Boris Karloff
DVD in italian audio with english subtitles, region free
US Image Entertainment unrated edition

 

Maybe my favourite Bava film, misunderstood, under-
rated and seldom seen in it's original uncut version.
Visually masterful dreamlike about a german tourist
lost in Toledo and her meetings with the Devil.
Intensely atmospherical and saturated with melan-
cholia. Very ambitious and Savalas is great

Lisa and the Devil (Lisa e il diavolo)

Direction: Mario Bava, production: 1972

Cast: Elke Sommer, Telly Savalas, Alida Valli
DVD in english audio, region free
US Image Entertainment unrated edition

 


The Mother of all Gialli with a murder on the loose
in an italian Fashion House. A Visually sensational
masterpiece in gorgeous colors. letterbox, mono,
commentary by the Bava expert Tim Lucas.

Blood and Black Lace (Sei donne per l'assassino)

Direction: Mario Bava, production: 1964

Cast: Eva Bartok, Cameron Mitchell, Thomas Rainer
DVD in english or italian audio, region free
US VCI Entertainment unrated edition
The better VCI 2 disc edition of this film - see above

 



Mario Bava's classic direction debut. Visually
beautiful, pensive and with tons of atmosphere.
With a commentary from Bava expert Tim Lucas.

Black Sunday (La Maschera del demonio)

Direction: Mario Bava, production: 1960

Cast: Barbara Steele, Ivo Garrani, Andrea Checchi
DVD in english audio, black & white, region free
US Image Entertainment unrated edition


A Re-Evaluation of this, maybe Argento's most
hated film. I was shocked when i first saw it and
when rewatching it in august 2010 it was still BAD,
but in a fun trashy way. Phantom is really a matinee
childrens adventure with comedy, gore and hilarious
over the top bad acting from Sands and Asia.
No, this is not Dario's worst film, but enjoyable
trash

The Phantom of the Opera (El Fantasma de la Opera)

Direction: Dario Argento, production: Claudio Argento 1998

Cast: Asia Argento, Julian Sands, Nadia Rinaldi, Andrea Di Stefano
DVD in english audio, region free
US A-Pix unrated edition (a very early DVD edition this was)

 


A Visually very inspired but uneven Neo-Giallo
where the Syndrome afflicted cop Asia hunts a

serial killer. Great start at the Uffizi Gallery in
Firenze, wow, but a long boring ending

The Stendhal Syndrome

Direction: Dario Argento, production: 1996

Cast: Asia Argento, Thomas Kretschmann
DVD in italian audio with english subtitles, region free
US Blue Underground unrated 2 disc edition

 


Asia is a romanian girl on the run in the USA
and a killer murders people with an electric noose
Not good compared with Argento's earlier films
but Good quality stuff compared with his later ones

Trauma

Direction: Dario Argento, production: 1992

Cast: Asia Argento, Piper Laurie, Christopher Rydell
DVD in english audio, region 1
US Anchor Bay unrated edition

 

Violent and visually mindblowing with ravens, needles
and a bullet through the eye of Daria Nicolodi with
music from Verdi. About the ill-fated production of
Verdi's opera MacBeth and the last really great film
from Dario Argento (30 years now ..... )

Opera

Direction: Dario Argento, production: 1987

Cast: Christina Marsillach, Ian Charleson, Daria Nicolodi
DVD in italian audio with english subtitles, region free
US Blue Underground unrated edition

 

A masterful, brutal and icily cold giallo where a
crime writer on a visit to Rome sees an admirerer
commit copy-cat killings from his books.
With Veronica Lario's famous arm-stump spray
painting and the great camera crane shot

Tenebre (Sotto gli Occhi dell'Assassino)

Direction: Dario Argento, production: 1982

Cast: Anthony Franciosa, John Saxon, Veronica Lario
DVD in english audio, region 1
US Anchor Bay unrated edition

 


Number 2 in the Mothers series. Visual fireworks with
a lovely start but a disappointing ending. I love the
Cat Lady in Rome and the Irene Miracle scene with
the waterfilled room in NY. Warning for cat throwing

Inferno

Direction: Dario Argento, production: 1980

Cast: Leigh McCloskey, Eleonora Giorgio, Daria Nicolodi
DVD in english audio, region free
US Blue Underground unrated edition

 

The Horror masterpiece about a clan/coven of
witches in a German ballet academy in Bavaria,
Germany. The film that forever changed my life
and made me into a scared rabbit, Thanks Dario.
Beyond Great. Should NEVER be re-made, but ...

Suspiria

Direction: Dario Argento, produktion: 1977

Cast: Jessica Harper, Alida Valli, Udo Kier, Stefania Casini
DVD in english audio, region free
US Blue Underground 2 disc edition

 


Masterpiece about a witch clan/coven residing
at a German ballett academy in Bavaria.
Soundtrack and documentary 52 min etc.
The film that changed my cinematic life

Suspiria

Direction: Dario Argento, production: 1977

Cast: Jessica Harper, Alida Valli, Udo Kier, Eva Axen
DVD in english audio, region free
US Anchor Bay Limited 2 disc unrated + Soundtrack CD edition

 


Another absolute giallo classic from Dario, and
that scene were he let us see the killer for a very
short moment without we knowing it.
A Masterpiece. The window scene he borrowed
from Sette scialli di seta gialla

Deep Red (Profondo Rosso)

Direction: Dario Argento, production: 1975

Cast: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabrielle Lavia
DVD in italian or english audio, region free
US Blue Underground unrated edition

 


4 gialli films made for Italian TV and hosted by
by Dario Argento, on 2 discs. One story is
directed by Dario - The Tram
4:3 originalratio

Door into Darkness (La Porta sul buio) 2 disc edition

Direction: Dario Argento, Mario Fugliettol, production: 1973

Cast: diverse
DVD in italian audio with english subtitles, region free
US Mya Communication 2 disc edition

 


Finally! Argento's third brilliant giallo in the
animal series (Bird, Cat and Fly) in a re-mastered
copy. Murder, Madness, Mimsy and Music
from Morricone. Once shown on Swedish TV, it's
hard to believe but true, Ronny Svensson did it

Four Flies on Grey Velvet (Quattro mosche di vellutio grigio)

Direction: Dario Argento, production: 1971

Cast: Michael Brandon, Mimsy Farmer, Bud Spencer
DVD in english audio, region free
US Mya Communication edition

 

Argento's second part of the Animal series
(Bird, Cat, Fly) with genetic mumbo jumbo,
burial tombs and a nasty elevator wire.
Big nose Karl as a blind man is always a joy
to see on film. Stylish follow up to his Bird

The Cat O'Nine Tails (Il Gatto a nove code)

Direction: Dario Argento, production: 1970

Cast: Karl Malden, James Franciscus, Catherine Spaak
DVD in english audio, region free
US Blue Underground unrated edition

 



Dario Argento's absolute genre classic and
and milestone in a super fine edition

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (L'uccello Dalle Piume di
Cristallo/Das Geheimnis der schwarzen Handschuhe/The Gallery Murders)

Direction & script: Dario Argento, production: 1970
Cast: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Eva Renzi, Umberto Raho
DVD in english or italian audio, region free
US Blue Underground unrated 2 disc Special edition

 


Argentos brilliant giallo debut is based on the
pulp fiction crime thriller The Screaming Mimi
written by Fredric March in 1949

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

Direction & script: Dario Argento, production: 1970

Cast: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Eva Renzi, Umberto Raho
DVD in english audio, region free
US VCI Home Video edition (better Blue Underground edition-above)

   
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