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The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire
us title: The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire
year: 1971
director: Riccardo Freda
composer: Stelvio Cipriani
Giallo Score
92

This trashy 1971 Giallo set in Dublin doesn't win any originality awards but it's a decent whodunnit with a flair for the ridiculous, not to mention Luigi Pistilli with a dubbed in Irish accent!

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2017-09-27

The Crimes of the Black Cat
us title: The Crimes of the Black Cat
year: 1972
director: Sergio Pastore
composer: Manuel De Sica
Giallo Score
88

This lesser known genre entry, based on a unique method of murder, is a typical Giallo in every other way and worth a look if you can find it.

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2012-10-15

The Bloodstained Shadow
us title: The Bloodstained Shadow
year: 1978
director: Antonio Bido
composer: Stelvio Cipriani
Giallo Score
86

Antonio Bido's classic Giallo appears a bit late in the genre canon, but the film is entertaining so long as you're not expecting originality.

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2016-03-22

Strip Nude for Your Killer
us title: Strip Nude for Your Killer
year: 1975
director: Andrea Bianchi
composer: Berto Pisano
Giallo Score
83

Just plain silly. A perfect example of a bad film with a high score. Let’s call this one a guilty pleasure and move on!

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2013-12-31

Eyeball
us title: Eyeball
year: 1975
director: Umberto Lenzi
composer: Bruno Nicolai
Giallo Score
83

Umberto Lenzi's final Giallo, released at the beginning of the genre's decline, is predictable trashy fun with a great soundrack by Nicolai.

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2012-10-15

The French Sex Murders
us title: The French Sex Murders
year: 1972
director: Ferdinando Merighi
composer: Bruno Nicolai
Giallo Score
83

A Bogart look-alike chases a black-glove killer in Paris with more than enough female flesh and bad dubbing to go around.

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2016-07-12

The Cat o' Nine Tails
us title: The Cat o' Nine Tails
year: 1971
director: Dario Argento
composer: Ennio Morricone
Giallo Score
81

This is an enjoyable whodunit. Argento tones down the style just enough to make room for a more complicated storyline with loads of suspects and plenty of twists.

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2012-09-13

The Bloodstained Butterfly
us title: The Bloodstained Butterfly
year: 1971
director: Duccio Tessari
composer: Gianni Ferrio
Giallo Score
80

Tightly scripted and preferring story over style, this genre entry by a Spaghetti Western director is a very watchable Giallo despite being overshadowed by its contemporaries.

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2016-03-22

Death Walks on High Heels
us title: Death Walks on High Heels
year: 1971
director: Luciano Ercoli
composer: Stelvio Cipriani
Giallo Score
78

Luciano Ercoli's second Giallo is an entertaining whodunit/caper featuring interesting plot twists, likable characters and the super sexy Nieves Navarro (Susan Scott).

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2014-02-19

The Case of the Bloody Iris
us title: The Case of the Bloody Iris
year: 1972
director: Giuliano Carnimeo
composer: Bruno Nicolai
Giallo Score
77

Despite many recycled story elements, “Iris” is successful in its ability to entertain and titillate. Having Fenech in the cast doesn’t hurt!

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2012-09-18

The Killer Reserved Nine Seats
us title: The Killer Reserved Nine Seats
year: 1974
director: Giuseppe Bennati
composer: Carlo Savina
Giallo Score
77

This 1974 film by Giuseppe Bennati combines Giallo and Gothic horror in perfect balance resulting in suspenseful and trashy good time!

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2016-05-17

The Black Belly of the Tarantula
us title: The Black Belly of the Tarantula
year: 1971
director: Paolo Cavara
composer: Ennio Morricone
Giallo Score
75

After a few additional viewings I have definitely warmed up to this film. Paolo Cavara delivers a stylish Giallo with hints of Poliziotteschi mixed in. Come for the Bond girls but stay for the murders.

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2012-09-13

A Dragonfly for Each Corpse
us title: A Dragonfly for Each Corpse
year: 1974
director: León Klimovsky
composer: CAM
Giallo Score
73

The king of Spanish Horror, Paul Naschy, tries his hand at murder mystery solving with great success in this trashy classic Giallo.

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2016-04-05

So Sweet So Dead
us title: So Sweet So Dead
year: 1972
director: Roberto Bianchi Montero
composer: Giorgio Gaslini
Giallo Score
72

Roberto Bianchi Montero's Giallo is an unoriginal but very entertaining romp of black gloves, boobs and blood stains. But its lack of availability on home video makes it challenging to watch.

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2015-06-01

Knife of Ice
us title: Knife of Ice
year: 1972
director: Umberto Lenzi
composer: Marcello Giombini
Giallo Score
69

Lenzi's sixth Giallo staring Carol Baker is an entertaining whodunit with gorgeous locations, a memorable soundtrack and a nice surprise ending.

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2014-12-02

Happy Birthday to Me
us title: Happy Birthday to Me
year: 1981
director: J. Lee Thompson
composer: Bo Harwood/Lance Rubin
Giallo Score
65

This American Slasher is so Giallo-like it could have ranked within to the top 10 films on this site if it had been made in Italy 6 years earlier!

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2015-01-05

A Blade in the Dark
us title: A Blade in the Dark
year: 1983
director: Lamberto Bava
composer: Guido & Maurizio De Angelis
Giallo Score
65

Lamberto Bava's Tenebre-inspired Giallo is a visually entertaining thriller but doesn't accomplish much beyond paying homage to its predecessors through simple imitation.

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2015-02-09

What Have They Done to Your Daughters?
us title: What Have They Done to Your Daughters?
year: 1974
director: Massimo Dallamano
composer: Stelvio Cipriani
Giallo Score
64

In 1974 the lines between Giallo and Poliziottesco were blurred just enough for Massimo Dallamano to craft an entertaining and effective hybrid of the two.

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2015-10-13

Pieces
us title: Pieces
year: 1982
director: Juan Piquer Simón
composer: Stelvio Cipriani
Giallo Score
61

For fans of trashy Giallo, Pieces is a perfect evolution of the genre within the gore soaked slasher world of the 1980s.

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2015-09-28

The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears
us title: The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears
year: 2013
director: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
composer: Various
Giallo Score
59

Cattet and Forzani's second attempt at a neo-Giallo is a squirm inducing hallucinogenic nightmare that is short on logic but long on beauty.

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2015-07-27

Five Dolls for an August Moon
us title: Five Dolls for an August Moon
year: 1970
director: Mario Bava
composer: Piero Umiliani
Giallo Score
58

Despite the low score, Bava’s homage to Agatha Christie one of the most entertaining Gialli of all time with style to burn and a super groovy soundtrack.

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2013-04-05

Cold Blooded Beast
us title: Cold Blooded Beast
year: 1971
director: Fernando Di Leo
composer: Silvano Spadaccino
Giallo Score
57

Trashiness abounds in this gothic-inspired Giallo-Slasher by Fernando Di Leo. Check your standards at the door and enjoy the sleaze!

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2014-10-14

An Ideal Place to Kill
us title: An Ideal Place to Kill
year: 1971
director: Umberto Lenzi
composer: Bruno Lauzi
Giallo Score
50

Lenzi's fourth "sexy thriller" is a bit uneven and lacks likable characters but has enough redeeming qualities to be worth a look.

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2016-03-21

The Two Faces of Fear
us title: The Two Faces of Fear
year: 1972
director: Tulio Demicheli
composer: Franco Micalizzi
Giallo Score
42

Argentinian director Tulio Demicheli assembles an all-star cast and delievers an entertaining but rather unconventional Giallo at the peak of the genre's popularity.

Bottom Line: Entertaining
Nothing ground breaking here, but a fun time nonetheless.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2016-06-28