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DVDBeavers LOVE GIALLO. We've made a listing of English-friendly Gialli on Blu-ray, with purchase links and to our reviews and comparisons, as well as the TOP 15, Recommended Reading, Upcoming, Misidentified Gialli and Giallo-related films.

(special thanks to Gregory!)

 

The word "giallo" is Italian - literally meaning "yellow". The colloquial term derived from a series of inexpensive paperback mystery novels, popular in post-fascist Italy (prior to which the Mussolini government had banned the import of many American and British pulpy crime novels.) Generally, having salacious artwork they were published with, easily identifiable, yellow covers. Examples:

 

 

In English-speaking countries, the term "giallo" refers to a particular cinematic form of Italian-produced murder mystery films that can blur the line between art and exploitation. These can represent auteur-driven style, which include fictional themes of horror/thriller narratives (utilizing sharp weapons, leather, kidnapping, the supernatural, gruesome personal violence, seduction etc.) frequently containing explicit, graphic and/or erotic elements with beautiful women. There is a heavy emphasis on lush, over-the-top, visuals sometimes coupled with disorienting or intense music. The, oft-imitated, approach blossomed in the mid-to-late 1960s and rose in popularity during the 1970s, although continued to flourish, more sporadically, in the 80s and beyond.

 

NOTE: Alphabetic with recommended film tiles, appropriately, in yellow!

 

5 Dolls for an August Moon (1970)

Aenigma (1987)

All The Colours Of The Dark (1972)

Amuck (1972)

A Bay of Blood (1971)

The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (1970)

Black Veil for Lisa (1968)

 

A Blade in the Dark (1983)

Blood and Black Lace (1964)

The Bloodstained Butterfly (1971)

The Bloodstained Shadow (1978) Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (1974) Body Puzzle (1992)

The Cat O' Nine Tails (1971)

 

Cold Eyes of Fear

(1971)

Death Laid an Egg

(1968)

Death Occurred Last Night

(1970)

Death Walks at Midnight aka "Cry Out in Terror"

(1972)

Death Walks on High Heels (1971)

Deep Red

(1975)

Delirium

(1987)

 

The Doll of Satan (1969)

The House That Screamed (1970)

Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)

A Dragonfly for Each Corpse (1975)

Eye in the Labyrinth (1972)

Footprints (1975)

Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)

 

The Fox With a Velvet Tail (1971)

The Girl Who Knew Too Much aka "The Evil Eye" (1963)

Gran Bollito aka "Black Journal" (1977)

Hatchet for the Honeymoon aka "Blood Brides" (1970)

Inferno (1980) Killer Nun (1978) The Killer Reserved Nine Seats (1974)

 

A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971)

Macabro (1980)

The Murder Clinic (1966)

Murder Obsession (1981) The New York Ripper (1982)

The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971)

Night Ripper (1986)

 

No, the Case Is Happily Resolved (1973)

Opera (1987) The Perfume of the Lady in Black (1974) Phenomena (1985) Play Motel (1979)

The Psychic aka "Murder to the Tune of the Seven Black Notes" (1977)

 

The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972)

Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye (1973)

Short Night of Glass Dolls (1971)

Slaughter Hotel aka "Cold Blooded Beast"  (1971)

Sleepless

(2001)

Spasmo

(1974)

StageFright (1987)

 

The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)

The Strange Vice Of Mrs Wardh (1971)

Strip Nude for Your Killer (1975)

The Suspicious Death Of A Minor

(1975)

Suspira

(1977)

The Sweet Body of Deborah (1968)

Tenebrae (1982)

 

Torso

(1973)

Tropic of Cancer (1972)

Two Males for Alexa aka "Bitterer Whisky" (1971)

Voices from Beyond (1991)

Watch Me When I Kill (1977)

Wax Mask (1997)

What Have They Done to Your Daughters? (1974)

 

What Have You Done to Solange? (1972)

A White Dress for Marialé aka "Spirits of Death" (1972)

Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key  (1972)


Review links and/or Amazon links coming soon....

Night of the Scorpion (1972) The Dead Are Alive (1972) Enigma Rosso (1978) Giallo in Venice (1979)
Murder Rock (1984) Opera (1987) Seven Blood Stained Orchids (1972) The Slasher (1972) The Weekend Murders (1970)

 


A few Italian Gothic / horror / fantasy or zombie films that are sometimes mis-identified as 'Giallo'...

The Beyond (1981) Black Sabbath (1963) Black Sunday (1960) Burial Ground (1981) Demons (1985) The House by the Cemetery (1981) Kill Baby, Kill (1966)

 

Kill Baby, Kill (1966)

A Quiet Place in the Country (1968)

Lisa and the Devil (1973)

The Long Hair of Death (1964) Nightmare Castle (1965) Nightmare City (1980) The Whip and the Body (1963)


Excellent films that are Giallo-themed, have Giallo conventions, are an homage to, or were influenced by...

Non-English-language:

Amer (2009) Tesis (1996) Francesca (2015) A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night  (2014) Masks (2011) The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2013) Symphony in Blood Red (2010)

English-language:

Klute (1971)

Sisters (1973)

Dressed to Kill (1980)

White of the Eye

(1987)

Basic Instinct (1992)

Eyes Wide Shut

(1999)

The Black Swan

(2010)

Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

The Neon Demon (2016)


 

TOP 15 Giallo Films of all Time! (that are on Blu-ray)

A Bay of Blood (1971)

Blood and Black Lace (1964)

The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (1970)

The Cat O' Nine Tails (1971)

Deep Red (1975)

 

Don't Torture a Duckling

(1972)

Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)

The Girl Who Knew Too Much aka "The Evil Eye" (1963)

A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971)

Opera (1987)

 

Short Night of Glass Dolls (1971)

Suspira

(1977)

Tenebrae (1982)

What Have You Done to Solange? (1972)

Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key  (1972)


Recommended Reading for Giallo fans (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

 

 

 

 

Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films

by Troy Howarth

Giallo and Thrilling All'Italiana

by Antonio Bruschini

Giallo Argento

by Luigi Cozzi


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