Giallo

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 »

Luciano Ercoli – La morte accarezza a mezzanotte AKA Death Walks at Midnight (1972)

After indulging in hallucinogenic drugs as part of an experiment at the behest of her boyfriend, Valentina imagines a terrifying murder committed with a spiked metal glove. Soon the incident becomes the basis of a news story, and it’s discovered that, a few months earlier, a woman really had been viciously murdered in the same apartment and her murderer never caught. Before long, Valentina comes to believe that she, too, is being stalked by the killer, but no one will believe her, including her traitorous boyfriend. Read More »

Lamberto Bava – Morirai a mezzanotte AKA Midnight Ripper (1986)

Quote:
After finding out that his wife is secrectly seeing someone else, Nicola storms out of the family home. His wife decides to have a shower to cool off and is hacked to death by an unseen assailant. Inspector Pierro Terzi is brought in to handle the case and it seems the crime is an open and shut case – a crime of passion. A psychologist (Valeria D’Obici) is brought in to evaluate the case and she thinks there’s more to it. Read More »

José María Forqué – El ojo del huracán AKA La volpe dalla coda di velluto AKA In the Eye of the Hurricane (1971)

Synopsis:
Ruth and Michel separate after Ruth finds another man, Paul. Ruth and Paul go to her sunny, idyllic beach side villa to spend summer. They are having a great time together, and then things start happening. The brakes of the car fail, and Ruth narrowly escapes death. The driving equipment goes faulty, and Ruth almost drowns. Michel turns up at their doorstep for an uninvited social call, and Paul asks him in. Ruth suspects Michel of being the person behind the mechanical faults of the car and the diving equipment, but Paul dismisses such a possibility – but he does suggest it to Michel. Then, the heat does go up… Read More »

Aldo Lado – La corta notte delle bambole di vetro AKA Short Night of Glass Dolls (1971)

Synopsis:
Greg Moore, an American journalist visiting Prague with his girlfriend Mira is found dead. However, he’s actually only temporarily paralyzed, but the coroner fails to realize this and proceeds to prepare him for the autopsy. While Moore awaits his doom, he tries to recollect what has happened to him. It all starts when his girl disappears. He asks his friend, a local journalist, for help. They discover that this was just the latest in a series of disappearances of young pretty girls in the area. Their investigation leads them to a strange high profile private club, whose affluent members practice odd ritualistic orgies and bizarre dark rites. Read More »