Giallo

Dario Argento – Non ho sonno AKA Sleepless (2001)

IMDB plot summary:
“Turin, 1983. Commissioner Moretti (Max von Sydow) tells to a boy: “I’ll catch the killer of your mother, I’ll catch him for all my life”. Same town, 17 years later. The murderer is back (he is not dead, as people thought for a long time), he attacks two girls and a long strip of blood begins. The boy now is an adult and when he meets the old Moretti they decide to close the case forever. To do it they must solve the puzzles of the killer, nicknamed The Dwarf: where the corpses are found, there is always a piece of paper with the form of an animal. And in a mysterious house is hidden a poem titled “The animal farm” but it’s not the Orwell novel… it’s a clue.” Read More »

Dario Argento – Il cartaio AKA The Card Player (2004)

Quote:
A Rome policewoman teams up with a British Interpool agent to find a crafty serial killer whom plays a taunting game of cat-and-mouse with the police by abducting and killing young women and showing it over an Internet web cam. Read More »

Dario Argento – Ti piace Hitchcock? AKA Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005)

A college film student, obsessed with the works of Alfred Hitchcock, investigates a murder committed in the apartment building across from his and suspects that his seductive neighbor hired a girlfriend to commit the deed. 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 »

Dario Argento – Trauma (1993)

Plot Synopsis:
While driving home one day, David, a graphic designer and recovering addict, sees a young girl on the edge of a bridge, possibly about to jump to her death. He rescues the girl, named Aura, who is also an addict and an anorexic. The two are suddenly separated, though, when Aura is reunited with her oddball parents. That night, Aura’s mom is holding a séance, which is interrupted by “The Headhunter” — a serial killer who beheads victims with an electric cutting wire. Read More »

Luigi Bazzoni & Franco Rossellini – La donna del lago AKA The Possessed (1965)

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When a visitor arrives in a small Italian village, he discovers that the residents are acting like soul-less zombies–and he begins to suspect that they may be under the influence of a mysterious local woman. Read More »

Umberto Lenzi – Sette orchidee macchiate di rosso AKA Seven Blood Stained Orchids (1972)

SYNOPSIS
Umberto Lenzi (Cannibal Ferox) directs this giallo, based on a novel by Edgar Wallace, about a killer who begins a series of brutal murders and leaves some bizarre clues that he plans to carry out seven ritualistic killings. The main pieces of evidence, a number of half-moon lockets, lead the police to a man named Mario (Antonio Sabato) who is desperate to prove his innocence. As Mario and a beautiful young woman named Giulia (Uschi Glas) try to solve the killings themselves, they begin to realize that the killer seems to be counting on their every move. A giallo that ranks among the best of its genre, Seven Blood Stained orchids is an atmospheric and frightening thriller. (Rotten Tomatoes) Read More »