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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.

synopsis & score analysis
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.

synopsis & score analysis
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.

synopsis & score analysis
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.

synopsis & score analysis
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.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2013-12-18

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

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.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2012-09-13

The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
us title: The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
year: 1972
director: Emilio Miraglia
composer: Bruno Nicolai
Giallo Score
91

This Giallo looks good on paper, but fails to deliver more than one or two memorable moments. Save this one for later.

Bottom Line: For Completists Only
As long as you've seen eveything else, this is worth a look.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2012-10-15

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.

synopsis & score analysis
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.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2014-02-06

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

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.

synopsis & score analysis
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.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2015-04-09

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

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

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 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 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.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2012-09-13

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

Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye
us title: Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye
year: 1973
director: Antonio Margheriti
composer: Riz Ortolani
Giallo Score
80

Antonio Margheriti's Gothic Giallo hybrid is an effective thriller that borrows equally from both genres... and includes a man in a gorilla costume!

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

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2015-09-22

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 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.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2015-03-10

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

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

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.

synopsis & score analysis
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.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2016-07-12

Autopsy
us title: Autopsy
year: 1975
director: Armando Crispino
composer: Ennio Morricone
Giallo Score
71

Armando Crispino's only Giallo is technically compelling but lukewarm on entertainment. With a dragging story line, forgettable characters and an uninspired soundtrack, you should examine other possibilities before checking this one off your list.

Bottom Line: For Completists Only
As long as you've seen eveything else, this is worth a look.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2013-12-31

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.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2015-03-23

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

The Sister of Ursula
us title: The Sister of Ursula
year: 1978
director: Enzo Milioni
composer: Mimi Uva
Giallo Score
70

Shoddy production values, an uninspired story and soft-core pornography combine to produce one of the worst Gialli ever made. Stay away!

Bottom Line: Skip It
Lacks any redeeming value. A waste of time.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2014-09-15

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.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2014-02-14

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

The Psychic
us title: The Psychic
year: 1977
director: Lucio Fulci
composer: Fabio Frizzi
Giallo Score
68

Fulci's fourth Giallo fails to live up to the reputation of his previous three, but still offers a good story and a brooding atmosphere.

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

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2014-03-28

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.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2015-05-04

My Dear Killer
us title: My Dear Killer
year: 1972
director: Tonino Valerii
composer: Ennio Morricone
Giallo Score
67

Possibly the most complicated Giallo storyline ever. Hilton gives a great performance in a film that blurs the lines between Giallo and Poliziotteschi.

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

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2014-01-24

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

Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key
us title: Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key
year: 1972
director: Sergio Martino
composer: Bruno Nicolai
Giallo Score
64

Martino's final experimental Giallo is an off-beat thriller that combines recycled elements of his earlier films with gothic horror to create one of the most unique films of the genre.

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

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2014-07-22

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.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2012-09-18

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

The Pyjama Girl Case
us title: The Pyjama Girl Case
year: 1977
director: Flavio Mogherini
composer: Riz Ortolani
Giallo Score
63

This slow paced Australian crime thriller offers a few inspiring scenes and a great performance by Dalila Di Lazzaro. But it shouldn't be at the top of your watch list.

Bottom Line: For Completists Only
As long as you've seen eveything else, this is worth a look.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2014-10-01

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 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.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2014-08-05

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

All the Colors of the Dark
us title: All the Colors of the Dark
year: 1972
director: Sergio Martino
composer: Bruno Nicolai
Giallo Score
56

Martino continues to challenge the conventions of the genre with his third Giallo that is sometimes referred to as Giallo-Fantastique because of its supernatural overtones.

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

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2012-09-13

Paranoia
us title: Paranoia
year: 1969
director: Umberto Lenzi
composer: Piero Umiliani
Giallo Score
51

This hilariously wacky but still entertaining thriller is Umberto Lenzi's first attempt at the "sexy thriller" Giallo.

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

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2016-02-16

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

So Sweet... So Perverse
us title: So Sweet... So Perverse
year: 1969
director: Umberto Lenzi
composer: Riz Ortolani
Giallo Score
49

Lenzi's follow up to Orgasmo/Paranoia and the 2nd in his "sexy thriller" series has a few inspiring moments but is generally boring and forgettable.

Bottom Line: For Completists Only
As long as you've seen eveything else, this is worth a look.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2016-02-16

The Bat
us title: The Bat
year: 1959
director: Crane Wilbur
composer: Louis Forbes
Giallo Score
46

Crane Wilbur's The Bat shares many similarities with the Giallo and is a solid contender on the GialloScore for an American film from 1959.

Bottom Line: For Completists Only
As long as you've seen eveything else, this is worth a look.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2015-06-15

Footprints on the Moon
us title: Footprints on the Moon
year: 1975
director: Luigi Bazzoni
composer: Nicola Piovani
Giallo Score
42

This mystery/thriller by Luigi Bazzoni is slightly unapproachable for the typical Giallo fan, but definitely worth the effort once you get past its uniqueness.

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

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2015-05-18

The Killer Must Kill Again
us title: The Killer Must Kill Again
year: 1975
director: Luigi Cozzi
composer: Nando De Luca
Giallo Score
42

Argento protégé Luigi Cozzi directs a nailbiting thriller that defies Giallo conventions while retaining a high level of entertainment.

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

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2016-06-28

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

Death Laid an Egg
us title: Death Laid an Egg
year: 1968
director: Giulio Questi
composer: Bruno Maderna
Giallo Score
40

One of the strangest and most interesting films of in the genre. If Godard moved to Italy and made a Giallo this would be it.

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

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2013-02-22

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.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2016-03-21

Bizarre
us title: Bizarre
year: 1987
director: Giuliana Gamba
composer: Franco Piersanti
Giallo Score
36

A complete mess of a film that merges a 1980s soap opera narrative with soft-core porn and horrible saxophone music. Run away quickly!

Bottom Line: Skip It
Lacks any redeeming value. A waste of time.

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2015-11-03

Frenzy
us title: Frenzy
year: 1972
director: Alfred Hitchcock
composer: Ron Goodwin
Giallo Score
30

Wait? Alfred Hitchcock made a Giallo? ...Well, not really but most fans of the genre will notice the obvious connections.

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

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2014-10-27

StageFright: Aquarius
us title: StageFright: Aquarius
year: 1987
director: Michael Soavi
composer: Simon Boswell
Giallo Score
21

Michele Soavi's directorial debut is a stylish and immensely entertaining white-knuckle stalk-and-slash rollercoaster. But despite the company it keeps, it's not really a Giallo.

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

synopsis & score analysis
Published: 2014-03-27