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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 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.

synopsis & score analysis
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.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2013-04-16

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 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

The Short Night of Glass Dolls
us title: The Short Night of Glass Dolls
year: 1971
director: Aldo Lado
composer: Ennio Morricone
Giallo Score
71

Aldo Lado's first entry into the genre is an exciting, entertaining, and suspenseful mystery. But it is really a Giallo?

Bottom Line: A Worthwhile Deviation
Breaks some important rules and comes out on top as a result.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2012-09-13

A Lizard in a Woman's Skin
us title: A Lizard in a Woman's Skin
year: 1971
director: Lucio Fulci
composer: Ennio Morricone
Giallo Score
70

A fantastic diversion from the norm, Fulci’s psychedelic Giallo nightmare makes very little sense (but doesn’t have to). Check your need for a cohesive storyline at the door and enjoy the ride.

Bottom Line: A Worthwhile Deviation
Breaks some important rules and comes out on top as a result.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2014-02-24

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.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2013-03-08

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