Giallo

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)

Quote:
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 »

Dario Argento – Il gatto a nove code AKA The Cat o’ Nine Tails AKA Cat o’ Nine Tails (1971)

Synopsis:
Franco Arno is a blind man that lives with his young niece and makes a living writing crossword puzzles. One night, while walking on the street, he overhears a weird conversation between two man sitting in a car parked in front of a medical institute where genetic experiments are performed. The same night someone breaks in the institute and knocks out a guard. Arno decides to investigate with the help of reporter Carlo Giordani. Read More »

Sergio Martino – Morte Sospetta Di Una Minorenne AKA The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975)

Synopsis:
At a dance hall, inspector Germi flirts with a young prostitute who’s found brutally murdered only a short time later. On his manhunt for the vicious killer, he’s joined by pickpocket Giannino who gives his hands-on assist to the inspector’s unorthodox investigative methods. The bloodstained track leads cop and robber into a depraved world of white slavery, child kidnapping and corruption. Read More »

Flavio Mogherini – La ragazza dal pigiama giallo AKA The Pyjama Girl Case (1978)

Synopsis:
Two seemingly separate stories in New South Wales: a burned, murdered body of a young woman is found on the beach, and a retired inspector makes inquiries; also, Linda, a waitress and ferry attendant, has several lovers and marries one, but continues seeing the others. The police have a suspect in the murder, but the retired inspector is convinced they’re wrong; he continues a methodical investigation. Linda and her husband separate, and there are complications. Will the stories cross or are they already twisted together? Read More »