Tag Archives: Giallo

Death Walks On High Heels

Few giallo directors were as adept at melding the sundry fetishes that defined the movement as Luciano Ercoli. Nudity, violence, cabaret numbers, quirky camera work, exquisite living rooms, and flash clothing all hit their crescendo under the steady guidance of a man who seems to treat every film as a fashion shoot.

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Who Saw Her Die?

Aldo Lado’s moody 1972 thriller Who Saw Her Die? is the rare giallo that attempts to connect to the viewer on an emotional as well as visceral level, thanks primarily to a committed performance from former James Bond George Lazenby in a role that puts him through an emotional ringer.

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Slaughter Hotel

Slaughter Hotel is Di Leo’s only giallo, but not his only sex film. And make no mistake about it: despite the title and the poster art, Slaughter Hotel is a sex film. In its final few minutes, Slaughter Hotel decides to be a murder thriller, but that last-minute shift in tone is an afterthought.

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The Bloodstained Butterfly

Duccio Tessari’s The Bloodstained Butterfly is a cross between giallo and poliziotteschi, as cops and lawyers struggle to unravel a typically Byzantine murder case. Although it boasts the elaborate murders and cast of red herrings one expects from the genre, it also surprises by spending at least as much time on police procedure, forensic science, and courtroom maneuvering.

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All the Colors of the Dark

All the Colors of the Dark works within the confines of the giallo, but it takes the genre further afield than had previously been explored, resulting in a dizzying psychedelic combination of straight-forward stalker/murder mystery, hallucinogenic psycho-sexual exploration, and straight up occult/devil worship horror.

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