Recommend me some Giallo films

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  1. 17thJuggalo

    17thJuggalo Active Member

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    I was never really into giallo's until recently bought Bird With the Crystal Plummage. I thought the film was awesome and I was wondering if anyone could recommend me some good Giallo films. If they can compete with Bird, then it looks like I'll be making some purchases in the near future. :)
     
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    These links would be a good place to start

    http://www.horrordvds.com/vb3forum/showthread.php?t=28370&highlight=Giallo

    http://www.horrordvds.com/vb3forum/showthread.php?t=23552&highlight=Giallo

    http://www.horrordvds.com/vb3forum/showthread.php?t=27976&highlight=Giallo
     
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    Off topic, why is "Plumage" misspelled so often? Same reason as "Shining"?
     
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    i like what have they done to your daughters
    the perfume of the lady in black
    eyeball
    nonhosonno
    Stendahl syndrome
    the animal triolgy
    so many good ones
     
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    DeathDealer I Inhale Horror

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    New York Ripper
    Opera
    Tenebre
    Deep Red
    Sleepless
    What Have You Done to Solange
    Cat NIne Tails
    Eyeball
    Strange Vice of Mrs.Wardh
    Vice is locked...I have the Key

    AND SO MANY MORE...

    But, look at the links Ash gave you. Good stuff in there.

    Giallo's are amazing, and their my favorite sub-genre.
     
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    Myron Breck BOO!!! Gotcha!

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    Okay, how do you correctly pronounce "Giallo" anyway?
     
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    "Gee-al-low"

    or

    "Gee-all-low"
     
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  8. Surge92

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    In addition to the usual Argento films, I personally love DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING, SEVEN BLOOD-STAINED ORCHIDS (can't beat that catchy Riz Ortolani score), WHO SAW HER DIE?, and THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS. If you haven't seen it already, I also strongly recommend THE HOUSE WITH LAUGHING WINDOWS, which although not a giallo in the strict sense of the word, is usually grouped in that category.
     
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  9. RyanPC

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    I highly recommend these:

    Don't Torture a Duckling* - my favorite giallo of all-time
    A Lizard in a Woman's Skin*
    Eyeball*
    Blood and Black Lace*
    Deep Red*
    Tenebre*
    A Blade in the Dark
    The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh*
    The Case of the Scorpion's Tale*
    Killer Nun (nunsploitation, but I've always considered this a giallo)
    What Have You Done to Solange*
    Opera*
    The Cat O'Nine Tails*
    The New York Ripper
    The Bloodstained Shadow
    The Case of the Bloody Iris
    Who Saw Her Die?
    Phenomena*

    *These are absolute musts.

    But yeah, check out the other threads that Ash linked you to.
     
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    I'm a relative giallo newbie and have only seen a handful but Deep Red would rank on top of the ones I've watched.
     
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    Thanks, Death Dealer!!! I thought that was probably right, but I've never heard it spoken before--only read about it on this site.
     
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    Crystal Plumage Dig me..but don't bury me

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    If you liked Plumage I recommend some of Dario Argento's other Gialli:
    Deep Red
    The Cat O'Nine Tails (underrated but a fine example)
    Tenebre
    Opera

    Others you might enjoy:
    Blood and Black Lace
    The Black Belly of the Tarantula
    The Strange Vice of Mrs. Ward
    Torso
    Don't Torture A Duckling
    What have they done to Solange?
    My Dear Killer

    These are all pretty straight forward Gialli.I'd say start with these and see if you like them.Then you can enter the world of the weird and delirious :D.
    Here's some interesting sites:
    http://www.hysteria-lives.co.uk/
    http://www.eofftv.com/features/giallo_zone_intro.htm
    http://cinema-nocturna.com/splatter_mafioso_page.htm
     
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    Thanks everyone! I've been eyeing up Don't Torture a Duckling and Lizard's in a Woman's Skin at the local video store, however I'm not a huge Fulci fan at all. I know that's almost sac religious around some places, but do these films deliver the goods for someone who's not a huge Fulci fan?

    As of right now, I've added alot of your suggestions to my wish list, and I plan on ordering Deep Red (seems to be a no brainer), Blood and Black Lace, Black Belly of the Tarantula, and What....Solange. As for some of the others, I may give them a rent before I buy them.
     
  14. broadwayrock

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    Im a big fan of Argento's Deep Red, BWTCP and Opera but i hated Don't Torture A Duckling.

    Fulci used Zooming in way too many times. I felt no empathy or concern for the main characters, i guessed the killer very early on and although the reason behind the killing was different and interesting, i found the execution of the story very boring.

    Im not that much of a Fulci fan but his gore/zombie films far better than DTAD.

    Strange Vice of Mrs.Wardh is very good. Beautiful cinematography, interesting plot and genuining thrilling moments.
     
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    I second The House With Laughing Windows. It came as a total revelation to me! And, in my mind, it has the best giallo ending along with Argento's sensationally over-the-top ones in Deep Red and Tenebre.

    Argento is my all-time favorite, but I've also recently been warming up to Sergio Martino, so I recommend his films as well.
     
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    I love Don't Torture a Duckling a lot, and it might also be my favorite Giallo as well.

    BUT, I'd suggest waiting till you see a few other Gialli before you check out Duckling. Reason being, there are a few "rules" that a Giallo should adhere to. Then you can see how Duckling fits those rules, while still having all the Fulci aspects that you love (or hate, depending on how you feel about Fulci). It's more fun when you know the conventions of the Giallo, and see how Fulci works within them, and outside them as well. So see a few others first and learn the patterns and styles.

    I love Duckling's motif, which begins literally on the opening shot and stays throughout the film, that being
    the invasion of "modern" culture into a rural area
     
  17. Cujo108

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    Definitely check these out:

    The House With Laughing Windows
    What Have They Done to Solange?
    The New York Ripper
    Tenebre
    Phenomena
    Four Flies on Grey Velvet
    Torso
    A Lizard in a Woman's Skin
    One on Top of the Other
    Knife of Ice
    Who Saw Her Die?
    Spasmo
    Cat O'Nine Tails
     
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    I've heard that Anchor Bay released the Giallo Collection in 2002, but its now out of print. Anyone know where I can get my hands on this? Also, I'm having a hard time tracking down Torso. Any ideas?
     
  19. Surge92

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    You can still easily find the three titles in the collection being sold individually. I personally recommend WHO SAW HER DIE? and THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS. Good luck finding the latter though. It was exclusive to the collection and pretty hard to find. I was lucky to find a mint-condition copy, but it cost me $40. It's worth tracking down though.
     
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  20. RyanPC

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    Duckling and Lizard are almost nothing like Fulci's later work in the horror genre. Neither of the films are very gory (with the exception of one major scene in Duckling), so there are none of those over-the-top gore set-pieces that have defined Fulci's work in the early eighties and throughout the rest of his career. I'd also argue that Duckling and Lizard have the most outstanding cinematography and some of the best music out of any of his films. You should enjoy them, but I'd recommend perhaps delving into the better-known gialli first, such as Blood and Black Lace or any of Dario Argento's films (especially Deep Red and Tenebre).

    Wow, I had no idea it was out of print. You'd think even if it went out of print that DDD and Amazon would have least have some copies left. I'm glad I bought mine when I did. None of the films are what I'd call classics or even must-sees, but they are all--with the exception of Short Night of Glass Dolls, which I hated--rather fun for fans of the genre. I wouldn't pay too much for the set, unless you really think you ought to have it.

    As for Torso, I've always been interested in it but can't justify plunking down that much cash for a movie I've never seen. I guess I've been spoiled by BU's mega-cheap $10 releases. Also, DDD doesn't have it and I don't often buy DVDs from other sites. Too bad Netflix carry it or Torso would be at the top of my queue.

    EDIT: Okay, screw it... I'm putting Torso on my next order from Amazon.
     
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