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Deep Red
us title: Deep Red
year: 1975
director: Dario Argento
composer: Goblin
Giallo Score
97

The ruler of the Giallo Score. Considered by most to be Argento’s crowning achievement and the greatest Giallo ever made, Deep Red is the final stop at the end of the genre’s classic period.

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2014-01-14

Four Flies on Grey Velvet
us title: Four Flies on Grey Velvet
year: 1973
director: Dario Argento
composer: Ennio Morricone
Giallo Score
93

Argento’s (once elusive) third Giallo effectively represents the genre as a whole in a single film. Four Flies offers the greatest Giallo director at the peak of the genre’s popularity.

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2012-09-13

Who Saw Her Die
us title: Who Saw Her Die
year: 1972
director: Aldo Lado
composer: Ennio Morricone
Giallo Score
92

Aldo Lado directs a somber but well-paced and well-acted Giallo with a haunting score by Ennio Morricone.

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2013-03-22

Don't Torture a Duckling
us title: Don't Torture a Duckling
year: 1972
director: Lucio Fulci
composer: Riz Ortolani
Giallo Score
92

This is Fucli's Giallo masterpiece and possibly the best film of his career. All the Giallo elements are present and yet this film looks and feels like no other in the genre. This film should be a staple in the library of any serious fan of the genre.

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2012-09-13

Tenebre
us title: Tenebre
year: 1982
director: Dario Argento
composer: Goblin
Giallo Score
92

With the genre all but dead, Argento delivers his "neo-Giallo" masterpiece; a film that is just too fun for a single viewing.

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2013-12-18

What Have You Done to Solange?
us title: What Have You Done to Solange?
year: 1972
director: Massimo Dallamano
composer: Ennio Morricone
Giallo Score
91

This is Massimo Dallamano's career defining work and a classic Giallo. New comers to the genre who are ready to branch out from Argento would do well starting here.

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2012-09-13

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
us title: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
year: 1970
director: Dario Argento
composer: Ennio Morricone
Giallo Score
90

Agento's first attempt at the genre is better than 90% of the films that followed it. If you only see one Giallo in your lifetime, this is it.

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2012-09-13

Seven Blood-Stained Orchids
us title: Seven Blood-Stained Orchids
year: 1972
director: Umberto Lenzi
composer: Riz Ortolani
Giallo Score
88

Umberto Lenzi directed a handful of Gialli. Some were great, some were terrible. This is one of the better ones.

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2014-02-06

Torso
us title: Torso
year: 1973
director: Sergio Martino
composer: Guido De Angelis
Giallo Score
86

Having exhausted the classic Giallo format in his previous three films, Martio delivers Torso: the gateway to the American slasher film.

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2013-03-01

Death Walks at Midnight
us title: Death Walks at Midnight
year: 1972
director: Luciano Ercoli
composer: Gianni Ferrio
Giallo Score
84

Luciano Ercoli's 3rd and final contribution to the genre is unconventional and a bit uneven, but still very watchable and highly recommended for fans of this particular cast and crew.

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2015-04-09

The Fifth Chord
us title: The Fifth Chord
year: 1971
director: Luigi Bazzoni
composer: Ennio Morricone
Giallo Score
83

A great performance by Nero, a sublime Morricone score, and a well paced plot easily facilitates multiple viewings. Add to these the brilliant technical visual style and The Fifth Chord effortlessly contends with Argento's early 70's Giallo.

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2012-09-13

The Case Of The Scorpion's Tail
us title: The Case Of The Scorpion's Tail
year: 1971
director: Sergio Martino
composer: Bruno Nicolai
Giallo Score
82

Martino’s second Giallo is his most conventional and fires on all cylinders with stylish direction, a complicated script by Gastaldi and a great Nicolai score.

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2013-04-16

The Strange Vice Of Mrs. Wardh
us title: The Strange Vice Of Mrs. Wardh
year: 1970
director: Sergio Martino
composer: Nora Orlandi
Giallo Score
81

Sergio Martino’s first Giallo, which features a breakthrough performance by Edwige Fenech, is a landmark film and a great introduction to the genre.

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2012-09-13

The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion
us title: The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion
year: 1970
director: Luciano Ercoli
composer: Ennio Morricone
Giallo Score
77

Ercoli’s first Giallo is a bit unconventional by GialloScore standards, but it remains an entertaining thriller with a fantastic score by Morricone.

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2015-03-10

The Girl Who Knew Too Much
us title: The Girl Who Knew Too Much
year: 1963
director: Mario Bava
composer: Roberto Nicolosi
Giallo Score
71

Unanimously considered to be the very first Giallo film. Bava mixes elements of horror, Hitchcock and Krimi to create a unique film that is way ahead of its time.

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2014-09-02

Amuck
us title: Amuck
year: 1972
director: Silvio Amadio
composer: Teo Usuelli
Giallo Score
71

Barbara Bouchet in two lesbian make-out scenes. What more could you want?

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2016-07-12

The New York Ripper
us title: The New York Ripper
year: 1982
director: Lucio Fulci
composer: Francesco De Masi
Giallo Score
71

Fulci's notoriously brutal 80s Giallo doesn't mesh well with the Giallo Score, but is required viewing for anyone serious about the genre.

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2015-03-23

A Bay of Blood
us title: A Bay of Blood
year: 1971
director: Mario Bava
composer: Stelvio Cipriani
Giallo Score
70

The grandfather of the American slasher film. Bava replaces the genre’s normal glitz and glamour with brooding atmosphere and a high body count.

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2013-03-08

Perversion Story
us title: Perversion Story
year: 1969
director: Lucio Fulci
composer: Riz Ortolani
Giallo Score
69

There's no black gloved killer here. But with Fulci at the helm, this compelling story with its gorgeous San Francisco location, jazzy soundtrack and bevy of gorgeous hippie babes, is one of the best films of the genre and a must see!

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2014-02-14

Opera
us title: Opera
year: 1987
director: Dario Argento
composer: Claudio Simonetti
Giallo Score
68

Argento's visual tour de force is his last great Giallo but might also be the last great Giallo of the genre.

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2015-05-04

Blood and Black Lace
us title: Blood and Black Lace
year: 1964
director: Mario Bava
composer: Carlo Rustichelli
Giallo Score
64

Mario Bava solidifies his position as the inventor of the genre with an iconic film that is identified as the quintessential Giallo more often than any other.

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2012-09-18

The House with Laughing Windows
us title: The House with Laughing Windows
year: 1976
director: Pupi Avati
composer: Amedeo Tommasi
Giallo Score
60

Regarded as a classic Gialli by genre enthusiasts despite its unconventional nature and late appearance in the genre's history.

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2014-08-05

A Quiet Place to Kill
us title: A Quiet Place to Kill
year: 1970
director: Umberto Lenzi
composer: Piero Umiliani
Giallo Score
38

Lenzi's thrid installment in his "sexy thriller" trilogy is his best yet with the inclusion of Jean Sorel and a story full of twists and turns.

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

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Published: 2016-03-21