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 Posted:   May 7, 2024 - 1:00 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Thanks TG ......will someone pass the whisky. lol

We should definitely break out the J&B for a toast - by my reckoning we’ve just hit the 100 giallo reviews mark.


 Posted:   Jul 3, 2024 - 11:47 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Death Carries a Cane (Maurizio Pradeaux, 1977)

Occasionally a giallo comes along that’s so self-conscious of being part of the genre that the tropes are shoved in to the detriment of the plot. It may have been that I was watching this at 6am, but I really wasn’t following developments at all closely. The redheads all looked like each other, the blondes looked like each other (it took a while to realise they were twins) and the finger of guilt was lain heavily on the shoulder of everyone except the police inspector, so of course I thought it was him.

All in all, this one deserves to be in the Forgotten GIalli collection, the first film watched from the newly-arrived Volume 6.

Funky music - no, an uneven Roberto Pregadio score with zero funk that I noticed
Twist ending - yes, you never suspect the identity of the real killer; or at least I didn’t
Witness of murder - yes, through a telescope
Striptease - yes, by a dancer rehearsing a show
Killer’s POV - yes
Man slaps woman - not even a tickle
Overloud or inappropriate music - nope
Outrageous title - yes, don’t anthropomorphise death, matey
J&B bottle - yes
Naked woman - yes
Death by stabbing - yes
Red herring - yes, a fair few
Black-gloved killer - yes
Goofy police inspector - not gonna lie, I’m sorely tempted. More “a bit crap” than goofy.
Important picture - yes
Woman takes bath or shower - no splashy splashy here
Blackmail - one of the few available plot devices that weren’t included
Gay/lesbian character - yes, a totally gratuitous lesbian bed scene
Important memory - nobody seemed to have a memory
Random scene in Italian - watched as usual in Italian
Ooh ooh music - no, would have been welcome
Death by razor - yes
Childhood trauma - only if I’d seen this on release
Killer’s footsteps - yes, unsubtly, given the murderer needed a cane

A respectable 14 giallo bingo points for an unprepossessing film.

 Posted:   Jul 3, 2024 - 11:51 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Naked You Die (Antonio Margheriti, 1968)

Aka The Young, the Evil and the Savage, with the director credited as Anthony Dawson.

Originally a Mario Brava project, ending up as a slightly light-hearted murder mystery with a decent twist at the end.

Half a dozen girls have stayed at their posh boarding school during the holidays, along with some of the staff. Only two of the twenty-somethings presenting as seventeen could be described as spunky; Jill, the amateur sleuth and Lucille, who’s in love with the riding instructor.

A mysterious trunk and a new teacher arrive, whereupon Agatha Christie grabs the plot and refuses to let go.

It resolves in a fairly satisfying way with a post-denouement joke that slightly demeans what’s gone before.

Funky music - from the start, a distinctive main title song that’s half Bond, half sixties Batman, take a bow Carlo Savina
Twist ending - very much so, but something right out of the blue
Witness of murder - no, just attempts
Striptease - no
Killer’s POV - yes
Man slaps woman - yes
Overloud or inappropriate music - hmm, yes, some Barry Gray-like flourishes for sure
Outrageous title - yes
J&B bottle - no (in a girls’ school? Really!)
Naked woman - yes
Death by stabbing - yes
Red herring - many and varied
Black-gloved killer - yes
Goofy police inspector - no, quite competent in fact, as you’d expect from Michael Rennie
Important picture - no
Woman takes bath or shower - yes, in curiously brackish water
Blackmail - no
Gay/lesbian character - vaguely hinted at but not overtly enough
Important memory - no
Random scene in Italian - n/a
Ooh ooh music - no
Death by razor - a variety of weapons but not that
Childhood trauma - no
Killer’s footsteps - no

Overall, enjoyable but quite tame in the sex’n’death department.

11 gbps.

 Posted:   Jul 6, 2024 - 12:37 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

All Deceased … Except the Dead (Pupi Avati, 1977)

Imagine if a giallo had been made that took several of the House With Laughing Windows cast, put them into a Then There Were None scenario in an ancestral castle and then made it a comedy…. Is it still a giallo?

Fortunately we don’t have to worry about that, because despite heavy-handed attempts to split the viewers’ sides it thoroughly fails to amuse.

Director Pupi Avati describes it as a parody. I could wish Mel Brooks had included the giallo in his portfolio. There would have been a few quotable lines. Maybe I’m being unfair - to a native Italian speaker perhaps All Deceased is hilarious.

Funky music - no, more jazz band
Twist ending - yes, and quite unexpected
Witness of murder - no (plenty of murders, however)
Striptease - god no
Killer’s POV - not that I recall
Man slaps woman - no
Overloud or inappropriate music - no, it’s appropriately annoying
Outrageous title - yes
J&B bottle - yes
Naked woman - no
Death by stabbing - yes
Red herring - a few
Black-gloved killer - yes
Goofy police inspector - one of the main characters is a private detective who would qualify exactly for this, but he’s not the fuzz
Important picture - no
Woman takes bath or shower - yes
Blackmail - no
Gay/lesbian character - some suspicions but not obvious
Important memory - no
Random scene in Italian - watched in Italian
Ooh ooh music - no
Death by razor - some very inventive (and ridiculous) methods but not this
Childhood trauma - no
Killer’s footsteps - yes

I’m glad I didn’t pay a lot for this, but equally glad that I’ve experienced a giallo played (deliberately) for laughs. It’s not entirely successful.

Eight bingo points.

 Posted:   Jul 6, 2024 - 3:09 AM   
 By:   Grimsdyke   (Member)

Death Carries a Cane (Maurizio Pradeaux, 1977)

Hi TG, thank you for another round of Giallo Bingo. Always fun to read big grin

Interestingly, I always loved DEATH CARRIES A CANE since I saw it on German dubbed VHS sometime
in the 80s.
Don't know really why but the final in the greenhouse always gets me. Even today with the Austrian
Blu-Ray which features the wonderful German dub.

Horst Naumann, who dubbed the Inspector, passed away a few months ago at the age of 98 !!
He was quite active until his death on stage and audio dramas, etc.
Amazing !!

 Posted:   Jul 6, 2024 - 10:11 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Thanks, Grimsdyke - always a pleasure to add more to the thread.

As a tip of the hat to you, I’ll make it my next viewing, to see if it has more charm than I gave it credit for the second time around. It has a commentary track involving Troy Howarth - I may experience it that way.

 Posted:   Jul 18, 2024 - 9:55 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Second viewing with commentary track: it made a bit more sense, albeit the commentary was a bit dry. At one point poor editing meant that two commentaries were overlapping for a short while, which I don’t recall happening before.

Overall I’d say I’m fonder of the film for the additional viewing.

 Posted:   Jul 19, 2024 - 12:10 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Cold-Blooded Beast aka Slaughter Hotel (Fernando Di Leo, 1971)

Di Leo has a pretty good pedigree, directing Milano Calibro 9 and Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man, amongst other polizios, and also had a hand in the screenplays of the first two Dollars films and other seminal westerns.

Set in a retreat for mentally disturbed wealthy women, utilising an old Manor House, the staff didn’t think to rid it of its display of weaponry: an axe, swords, a mace, a crossbow and a noose! All get implemented at one time or another, not to mention the gardener’s scythe. And not forgetting that feature vital for every mental institution: an iron maiden.

It’s also sexually explicit in the longer versions, with body doubles providing the edgier moments. The gore is blessedly unconvincing while trying to be nasty.

Unfortunately there are several thoroughly boring stretches which destroy the pace of the film, unforgivable in their tedium.

I almost forgot to mention Klaus Kinsky’s part in this, which must have been just for box office, as he had so little to do other then provide suspicion and chainsmoke.

Funky music - no, actually a very good score by Silvano Spadaccino, suspenseful and groovy (but not funky), ruined by the insertion at the end of … but read on!
Twist ending - yes
Witness of murder - technically, absolutely
Striptease - a tricky one but no
Killer’s POV - no
Man slaps woman - yes, stupid gardener
Overloud or inappropriate music - the killing spree at the end is orchestrated to Shostakovich’s 11th symphony finale. Wonderful music but inappropriate and the score (good as it is) isn’t keyed into it at all
Outrageous title - going to say yes, as the US title is sensationalist AND incorrect as it’s a hospital and not a hotel.
J&B bottle - yes
Naked woman - yes
Death by stabbing - yes
Red herring - yes, various false leads are introduced
Black-gloved killer - yes
Goofy police inspector - yes yes yes! “Lieutenant Long” attends the murder scene, then picks up the phone to police HQ, tells them to send the “emergency squad” immediately… and then puts the phone down with no clue as to where to send them!
Important picture - no
Woman takes bath or shower - yes, both, repeatedly
Blackmail - no
Gay/lesbian character - yes
Important memory - no, although the sometimes flashy editing introduces memories insignificant to the plot
Random scene in Italian - yes! In the attempt to present the longest possible version of the film
Ooh ooh music - nooh nooh
Death by razor - no
Childhood trauma - one of the characters was clearly affected by childhood events; but didn’t seem to find them traumatic
Killer’s footsteps - no

Overall a film that could have been a lot better with some more disciplined editing and if they’d trusted the composer to elevate himself to a finale instead of nicking one of the best symphonic climaxes ever.

14 bingo points.

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