Giallo

Dario Argento – Opera (1987)

When a young opera singer takes over the leading role in an avant-garde presentation of Verdi’s Macbeth, she triggers the madness of a crazed fan who repeatedly forces the diva to watch the brutal murders of her loved ones. Will the woman’s recurring nightmare hold the key to the identity of this psychopath or does an even more horrific evil lay waiting in the wings? Read More »

Dario Argento – La sindrome di Stendhal (1996)

Anna Manni is a policewoman trying to capture a vicious serial rapist and killer. The problem is that she suffers from Stendhal’s syndrome, a psychosomatic disease that gives her dizziness and hallucinations when she is exposed to the sight of paintings and artistic masterpieces. When the maniac lures her into a trap inside Florence’s famous Uffizi museum, her troubles are just beginning… Read More »

Joe D’Amato – Emanuelle e Françoise le sorelline AKA Emanuelle’s Revenge AKA Emanuelle and Francoise (1975)

Synopsis:
Emanuelle (Lindt) is out to avenge her sister (Gori), who committed suicide after escaping from her sadistic lover Carlo (Eastman). So she chains him up in her basement, drugs him, and forces him to watch her having sex. Carlo starts hallucinating all kinds of bloody horrors and cannibalistic doings, so he decides he has to break free and kill Emanuelle. Read More »

Duccio Tessari – L’uomo Senza Memoria AKA Puzzle AKA Man Without a Memory (1974)

Synopsis:
In London a tricky problem is presented to Edward [Luc Merenda], who has just recovered from a serious car accident. He can’t remember who he is. This is especially troublesome for him as people from his past start turning up and demanding that he “gives back the money” he owes them. He learns that his passport claiming he is Peter Smith is a fake and his real name is in fact Edward. The trail leads him to Italy where his wife Sara [Senta Berger] still unaware that he’s still alive has started putting together the shatters of her life since he went missing in London some years ago. Read More »

Carlo Lizzani – La casa del tappeto giallo AKA House of the Yellow Carpet (1983)

Kevin Lyons on EOFFTV wrote:
By the early 1980s, the giallo – that uniquely Italian blend of thriller and horror tropes laced with plenty of sex – was facing its final curtain. Dario Argento would return to the form throughout the decade but just about everyone else was getting ready to give up on it as Italian horror lurched towards the more visceral in the wake of Lucio Fulci’s worldwide success with Zombi 2 / Zombie Flesheaters Zombie [1979]. Those gialli that were still being made seemed a pale imitation of the excesses of their 1970s forebears. Read More »

Mario Bava – Sei donne per l’assassino AKA Blood and Black Lace (1964)

A young model is murdered by a masked, black-gloved figure in the grounds of a high-class fashion house. When the victim’s diary, which apparently contains secrets of people connected to the fashion house, appears, the killer goes on a killing spree trying to hide his tracks and keep the diary from falling into wrong hands. Read More »

Luciano Ercoli – La morte cammina con i tacchi alti AKA Death Walks on High Heels (1971)

Jewel thief Rochard is savagely murdered while traveling across country on a train, but his murderer fails to find the diamonds Rochard has stolen. Cut to Paris, where Rochard’s daughter, Nicole, is being interrogated by the police. She insists she knows nothing about her father’s nocturnal affairs, but that doesn’t stop the killer, who believes she knows where the diamonds are, from leaving her threatening phone messages or breaking into her apartment to terrorize her. The killer sports bright blue eyes and a voice altered by an electrolarynx (a device used to help throat-cancer patients speak again). Read More »