GIALLO FILMS

For those who aren’t familiar with the term, Giallo is basically an Italian horror/suspense movie in the “whodunit” murder vein. Many of the 60’s and 70’s Giallo were a huge influence on the “slasher” film as we know it today. They usually feature lots of blood and generally beautiful women are the victims.

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A BLACK VEIL FOR LISA (1969)

Great Italian Giallo. A suspicious husband hires a professional killer to murder his unfaithful wife, but things don’t work out quite as he had planned.

A DRAGONFLY FOR EACH CORPSE (1974)

Stars Paul Naschy. This Spanish-Italian co-produced Giallo belongs to the more obscure outings of the cult genre. Most people involved in the making were Spaniards, and it has never got a release in Italy, which is unique for a film of that kind. In Milan, a killer slays drug addicts, prostitutes and other “immoral” people in nasty ways. Small dragonflies (made of wax or something like that) are left on the bodies of the victims. And the more people die, the more clues lead the investigating inspector to believe that the killer is a mutual friend of his wife and himself.

 

AMUCK! (1972)

He kidnapped beautiful women, forcing them to do what he wanted…AND HE WANTED EVERYTHING! A writer’s secretary tries to find her missing friend and uncovers a murder plot. Sexy (and Classic) Giallo.

BLOODSTAINED BUTTERFLY (1971)

A young student is murdered in a park by an unseen assailant during a heavy thunderstorm. The murderer makes his escape, but is identified by a number of people at the park exit. A sports presenter from a local TV channel, Alessandro Marchi, is quickly arrested, and despite protestations of innocence, is charged with the murder. All is not what it seems and it soon becomes apparent that the lawyer is having an affair with Marchi’s wife and obviously does not have Marchi’s best interests at heart…

CASE OF THE SCORPION’S TAIL (1971)

George Hilton and the voluptuous Anita Strindberg (she could have easily been one of the best Bond girls) star. The story dares to break some conventions (the first slashing comes when you least expect it) and mystery fans should definitely be pleased.

COLD EYES OF FEAR (1971)

Set in a swinging London full of corrupt cops, decadent young attorney plans to spend a cozy evening with his girlfriend in his uncle’s cottage, unaware that the man his uncle sent to prison is now free and out for revenge.

CRIMES OF THE BLACK CAT (1972)

A serial killer is murdering beautiful models in this Italian slasher film. It turns out that he is using the poisoned claws of a black cat to do it. A blind composer whose girlfriend was one of the victims sets out to stop him.

CROSS CURRENT (1971)

Features all the things that make Giallo’s successful, the gory murders and twisted plot

DEATH CARRIES A CANE (1972)

Ketty,a photographer living in Rome, accidentally witnesses the murder of a young woman at the hands of a razor-wielding black-gloved killer. Ketty and her fiancé, Alberto, go to the police-only to learn that two other witnesses to the crime have been slashed to death. Ketty fears that she will be the next victim when her ballerina friend Magda is brutally killed by the same elusive culprit.

DEATH KNOCKS TWICE (1970)

While looking for a stolen diamond necklace, the private investigator Bob Martin uncovers a smart serial killer.

DEATH LAID AN EGG (1967)

(UNCUT) UPGRADED PRINT. Totally demented, category-defying, form-over-substance giallo weirdness from Giulio Questi with Gina Lollabrigida, Ewa Aulin, vertigo-inducing camerawork and editing, an ear-melting acid rock soundtrack, and chickens, chickens, and more chickens! A Euro-horror cult classic.

DEATH OCCURRED LAST NIGHT (1970)

A chief police inspector investigates the disappearance of a 25-year-old, mentally retarded woman, the daughter of a lonely widower. After she turns up dead, the cops race to find the killers before the grieving father does.

DEATH STEPS IN THE DARK (1977)

Excellent giallo from director Maurizio Pradeaux. An Italian reporter is traveling on the Istanbul-Athens train. A woman is murdered with the reporter’s letter-opener, so that makes him the main suspect. With the help of his Swedish girlfriend he starts investigating in order to prove his innocence, and find out who the real killer is. Dubbed in English, with Dutch subtitles.

DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT (1972)

Valentina, a beautiful fashion model, takes an experimental drug as part of a scientific experiment. While influenced by the drug, Valentina has a vision of a young woman being brutally murdered with a viciously spiked glove. It turns out that a woman was killed in exactly the same way not long ago and soon Valentina finds herself stalked by the same killer. SEE PHOTOS IN OUR PHOTO GALLERY…

DEATH WALKS IN HIGH HEELS (1971)

A famed jewel thief named Rochard is slashed to death on a train. His daughter Nicole, a famous nightclub performer in Paris, is questioned by the police about some missing diamonds but she claims to know nothing about this. Nicole is then terrorized by a masked man with piercing blue eyes who demands to know where her father has hidden the stolen diamonds.

DEEP RED (The Hatchet Murders) (1976)automaticstop

Directed by Dario Argento. David Hemmings stars as a witness to the brutal and sadistic killings of a clairvoyant and sets out to investigate it with the help of a journalist, played by Daria Nicolodi. There are gruesome killings, a psycho killer, and occult and supernatural events. Very blood curdling.

EYE IN THE LABYRINTH (1972)

Julie (Rosemary Dexter) wakes up from a nightmare of seeing her boyfriend Lucas being stabbed in an empty building with rather strange architecture that’s in line with the quote. She calls for Lucas but he is nowhere to be seen. Could it be that there is some truth in the dream?

EYEBALL (1974)

(UNCUT) Director Umberto Lenzi’s clever giallo about a psycho who kills beautiful women and cuts out their left eye. When a tour group arrives in Spain, so does the deranged killer who cuts their number one by one.

EYES BEHIND THE WALL (1977)

Italian Language w/English subtitles. Wheelchair bound pervert (Fernando Rey) and his equally kinky wife (Olga Bisera) get their kicks by renting out their specially designed guest house and spying on the tenants� sex lives through a series of microphones, telescopes, and hidden cameras. Little do they know their latest border (John Phillip Law) is a sex-crazed serial killer! Very hard to find Gallo.

FIVE WOMEN FOR THE KILLER (aka Day Killer) (1974)

Widescreen, in Italian Language. A reporter who comes home from an overseas assignment to find his baby in the hospital and his wife dead. The baby isn’t his, the reporter learns from his female doctor friend, as he is quite sterile. Soon the reporter and doctor become lovers, and she narrowly escapes the brutal hands of the murderer (or murderers) who claims several other victims in shockingly violent fashion.

FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET (1972)

(UNCUT) Italian psycho thriller directed by Dario Argento about a scientist who creates a device that scans the retina of a murder victims eyes to see what the last image the victim saw. Unique and quite horrifying.

GIALLO A VENEZIA (aka Gore In Venice) (1979)

In Italian language w/English subtitles. Notorious Giallo thriller uses the mystery formula to deliver a sex-and-crime story about inspector Blynn, who investigates brutal murder of two lovers. In flashbacks we learn that their relationship was characterized by sexual perversion and degradation. Gratuitous sex scenes abound, exceedingly violent.

GENTLY BEFORE SHE DIES (1972)

Widescreen format. Stylish, sexy and disturbing European “giallo” from Sergio Martino (“Torso”), based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat.” An alcoholic writer spars with his wife in a series of battles that get more and more disturbing. When she discovers he plans to murder her, she attempts to beat him to the punch.

GIRL IN THE YELLOW PAJAMAS (1977)

English Language w/Danish subtitles. A little girl in Australia finds a dead woman wearing yellow pajamas on a beach, whose head has been badly disfigured or burnt. The police have no idea who she is. Scenes alternate between the police investigation storyline, and scenes from the life of a woman who has a number of different men in her life.

KILLER IS STILL AMONG US (1985)

Gory Italian Giallo In Italian language w/English subtitles. Late Italian giallo with strong reality based imagery and content. PRINT QUALITY IS FAIR

KILLER IS STILL AMONG US (1985)

UPGRADED PRINT IN ITALIAN LANGUAGE ONLY.

KILLER RESERVED NINE SEATS (1974)

English w/Greek subtitles. Veteran Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Bennati tried his hand at the early-’70s glut of giallo thrillers with this bloody and erotic variation on the Ten Little Indians plot line.

KILLER WORE GLOVES (1974)

UNCUT Violent ’74 Giallo about a woman who runs across her boyfriend in London . Problem is that her boyfriend is supposed to be in Vietnam as a war correspondent. This is only the beginning of the woman’s strange trip. What do roommates with the same identities, crosses, double crosses, suicides, adultery all have in common? They all lead too violence and murder for the poor woman.

MY DEAR KILLER (1972)

A mysterious decapitation leads Inspector Peretti (George Hilton) into a case of blackmail, deceit and the unsolved kidnapping of a young girl.

PHANTOM OF DEATH (1988)

Robert Dominici (Michael York) is a great pianist but is informed that he suffers from a rare genetic illness (progeria) that will accelerate his aging process. What upsets him is the news that his girlfriend Helene (Edwige Fenech) expects a child with him. Upset and fueled by anger and rage he begins to kill woman in graphic and gory ways. A rare giallo directed by Umberto Lenzi. (1988)

PLOT OF FEAR (1976)

English Language w/Chinese subs. A man is strangled by a prostitute (possibly a transvestite) a woman is beaten to death with a large spanner, and a prostitute is burnt alive. The murderer leaves a calling card at the murder scenes, a page from a book of fairy tales by Hoffman.

RED QUEEN KILLS 7 TIMES (1972)

This interesting Giallo boosts a typical but still thrilling plot and a really sadistic killer that obviously likes to hunt his victims down before murdering them in gory ways.

SCENES FROM A MURDER (1971)

A woman whose husband was murdered five years previously is stalked by his killer, who wants to eliminate a potential witness. What the killer doesn’t know is that the shock of the murder caused her to have amnesia, and she doesn’t remember anything.

SCHOOL THAT COULDN’T SCREAM (aka What Have They Done To Solange) (1973)

Widescreen. An excellent giallo/horror featuring Camille Keating (I Spit On Your Grave) as a young girl who might know about a series of grisly genital mutilation murders that takes place at an all-girls school.

SCHOOL GIRL MURDERS (aka Naked You Die, School Girl Killer, Nude..Si Muore) (1968)

Intense Italian horror uncut, widescreen format, German Language w/English subs. This Italian thriller is placed at a pension for schoolgirls, where teenagers are sliced to bits. Police officer Durand suspects the strange Riccardo, but is he really the killer? This release from X-Rated presents the original uncut Italian version in German and color. Stars Michael Rennie and Mark Damon. (1968)

SEVEN BLOODSTAINED ORCHIDS (1971)

Directed by Umberto Lenzi. (UNCUT) A Young prostitute is savagely murdered. The police are puzzled as a series of gruesome murders continue. One woman survives an attack, and the police fake her funeral in hopes of capturing the killer before he strikes again. English Language.

SISTER OF URSELA (1978)

Dagmar and her beautiful sister Ursula check into a luxury hotel on the coast of a gorgeous town in Italy. Almost immediately, Ursula begins to feel an evil force lurking in the seaside resort. Suddenly, one of the guests is hacked apart by a mysterious assassin.

 

SPASMO (1974)

Directed by Umberto Lenzi. A mysterious, beautiful woman washed ashore on a desolate beach, a doomed triangle of unbridled lust, a cold-blooded killer and a missing corpse set the stage for a classic ‘giallo’ in the grand, gory Euro-Horror tradition!

SPIRITS OF DEATH (aka Un Bianco Vestito Per Mariale) (1972)

Romano Scavolini, best known for the infamous film Nightmare in a Damaged Brain (aka Nightmare, USA 1981), delivers a truly strange giallo here, which somehow looks like a Federico-Fellini-movie on drugs. Beautifully shot with lots of nightmarish sequences, it delivers enough to keep every fan of suspenseful thrillers right on the edge. It is also quite disturbing, because it never clearly unmasks the killer, not even in the end. Italian Language.

SWEET BODY OF DEBORAH (1968)

On a honeymoon in Switzerland, a young couple is terrorized by the husband’s old friend, who considers him the killer of a previous girlfriend. Suspenseful giallo starring Carroll Baker. Dubbed in English, with Greek subtitles.

THE FOURTH VICTIM (AKA DEATH AT THE DEEP END OF THE SWIMMING POOL) (1971)

English Language w/Greek subtitles. Very rare obscure Spanish Giallo.

TORSO (1973)

Italian gore galore murders with touches of sleaze. A bevy of models are on the fringes of a series of hacksaw murders committed by a madman in a hood. Stars Suzy Kendall. Considered a classic in Italian gore.

WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOUR DAUGHTERS? (1974)

A gory trip in Italian cinema and a follow-up to “What Have You Done To Solange?”. Remastered from original negative and in widescreen format. Not for the weak stomached.