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 Posted:   Nov 25, 2022 - 2:59 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Vestito per Uccidere (1980)

Slick entry, with some location shooting in NYC, at the time
attacked for extreme gore and general misogyny, neither of
which charge holds up too much now- more Hitchcock homage
than usual while picking away at Crystal Plumage leftovers-
Memorable melodrama score (from composer of Non Guardare
Adesso) funkless,no overloud/inappropriate stuff, a couple subtle
“Ooh ooh” refrains though. And the rest…

Respectable 15 points.

Very good smile

Probably Michael Caine’s only appearance in this thread!

 Posted:   Nov 25, 2022 - 4:02 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Bel grido!

 Posted:   Nov 26, 2022 - 9:40 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire (Riccardo Freda using the pseudonym Willy Pareto, 1971)

A disfigured corpse is found in the boot of the Rolls Royce used by the Swiss Ambassador to The Republic of Ireland (Anton Diffring). Ex-police inspector John Norton (Luigi Pistilli), sacked for brutality in hunting down his wife’s murderer and who conveniently rides a Norton motorcycle, is put on the case by the regular Garda, and takes up with the ambassador’s daughter in the course of his investigation. That particular development would be easier to believe had the director succeeded in casting the pre-Bond Roger Moore. Freda seems to have not liked his own film as he took his real name off it, but I found it to be entertaining throughout, as long as you’re not expecting all the loose ends to be tied up.

Funky music - not really, just very loungey, with a very distinctive and repetitive stinger
Twist ending - yes
Witness of murder - not by a character
Striptease - naw
Killer’s POV - yes
Man slaps woman - yes, oh wait, no
Overloud or inappropriate music - no: Stelvio does a good job on it, catchy and distinctive
Outrageous title - yes, another Argento wannabe title with the most tenuous link to the film (and was probably meant to be a chameleon anyway!)
J&B bottle - disappointingly not
Naked woman - yes, a couple of them
Death by stabbing - not stabbing, no
Red herring - absolutely stuffed with them, from characters that appear once and never again, to dialogue that sounds important but isn’t, to camera shots that the director (also editor) left in apparently because he liked them regardless of their lack of significance
Black-gloved killer - yes
Goofy police inspector - no, just pretty useless, both the actual Garda inspector and his less conventional proxy
Important picture - no
Woman takes bath or shower - no, filthy lot
Blackmail - yes
Gay/lesbian character - yes, but not overtly
Important memory - no
Random scene in Italian - no. On this point, I generally prefer to watch gialli in Italian with subtitles, but then you can’t discern this aberration. TG, taking one for the team.
Ooh ooh music - yes, but not too much
Death by Razor - my word, yes
Childhood trauma - there’s a ridiculous child in it briefly, whom some trauma should be all, but alas not
Killer’s footsteps - yes

Bingo score: a moderate 11.

I believe this is the only giallo set in Dublin - Luigi Pistilli with an Irish accent! Tuco’s brother!
There’s a careless bit of production design in the shape of a sign stuck in a flowerbed out front of the alleged police station that reads “Police Headquaters”(sic). The special effects are risible, with low budget effigies taking the acid in the face and razor slashes.

What happened to method acting? big grin

 Posted:   Nov 29, 2022 - 5:13 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

The Weapon, the Hour, the Motive (Francesco Mazzei, 1972)

An intriguing blend of giallo, police procedural and nunspoitation, this film doesn’t have a large body count, but has quite a lot to say about the Catholic Church. A horny (and self-flagellating) priest is murdered in his own church, and the film is subsequently a whodunnit. Inspectorial duties are split between the likeable Commissario Boito (looking like a chubby Steven Gerrard) and the rather buffoonish Morriconi - yes, really!

Funky music - no, De Masi’s score is generally subdued and liturgical
Twist ending - not really
Witness of murder - yes
Striptease - no
Killer’s POV - no
Man slaps woman - no
Overloud or inappropriate music - no
Outrageous title - no (damn it, is this a giallo or not?)
J&B bottle - yes (grazie Dio for that)
Naked woman - yes
Death by stabbing - yes, offscreen and on
Red herring - yes
Black-gloved killer - no
Goofy police inspector - yes, see above
Important picture - no
Woman takes bath or shower - yes, several nuns
Blackmail - yes
Gay/lesbian character - no
Important memory - no
Random scene in Italian - the whole film is in Italian with no English dub, so I have to say no
Ooh ooh music - can’t bring myself to say yes to this although there’s chanting from time to time that could qualify
Death by Razor - no
Childhood trauma - no (nothing deep-seated here, just all out lust
Killer’s footsteps - no

A mere 8 giallo bingo points, but actually an interesting example.

 Posted:   Nov 29, 2022 - 3:17 PM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Knife of Ice (1972)
Decent euro cast and Carroll Baker

Funky music= not really
Twist ending= I think so, I've seen it before and still got it wrong
Witness of murder=yes, in a way
Striptease= not a sniff
Killer’s POV= no
Man slaps woman=no,
Overloud or inappropriate music= the main title was ( accompanying a quite horrid, rel m bullfight)
Outrageous title= yes, if you think a knife made of ice is fkn useless.
J&B bottle= not sure, the camera swooped, quickly, past.the drinks table. There was a red topped bottle but no label visible.
Naked woman= again not a sniff!!
Death by stabbing= yes, one method
Red herring= I would say so. For the first hour and 10 you think it's some fella ,then it isn't. The cast thought so, too.
Black gloved killer= yes, though they must have been warm coz they took them off, later.
Goofy police inspector= no, though it was the Dr who explained the outcome to said coppa.
Important picture =no
Woman takes bath or shower = no, they all stunk
Blackmail= no
Gay/lesbian character= if only
Important memory=possible a bit important
Random scene in Italian= nope
Ooh ooh music= no, no panting in earshot
Death by razor= possible but off screen. A throat was cut and it wasn't with a spoon
Childhood trauma= yes. The main thread of the story, though not overly referenced
Killer’s footsteps = yes, unless he was wearing slippers.

At a push 11points

 Posted:   Nov 29, 2022 - 3:40 PM   
 By:   Viscount Bark   (Member)

Is the 1972 Olivia Hussey film The Summertime Killer considered to be a giallo? I'm thinking of watching it for this thread, but not if it's a "normal" crime movie.

 Posted:   Nov 29, 2022 - 10:41 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Is the 1972 Olivia Hussey film The Summertime Killer considered to be a giallo? I'm thinking of watching it for this thread, but not if it's a "normal" crime movie.

Honestly, it looks more poliziotesschi than giallo, but that may not be a bad thing. From the trailer I don’t see it racking up many GB points. Not a bad pedigree though on the face of it: Malden, Hussey, Auger, Mitchum. Too bad it’s Chris and not Robert.

 Posted:   Nov 30, 2022 - 2:59 PM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

What Have They Done to Your Daughters (1974)
A bot more police action here but still enough to qualify, I think. And.its a quite.decent entry.

Funky music= not really
Twist ending= nope
Witness of murder=nope
Striptease= maybe, if you count just whipping your kit off.
Killer’s POV= didn't notice
Man slaps woman=no , but maybe heard on tape recording but woman slapped daughter
Overloud or inappropriate music=no but some might say repetitive - I prefer obsessive
Outrageous title÷ not really, though it's a pla on the earlier Solange
J&B bottle= not a sniff. Its becoming like rocking horse shit.
Naked woman= enough
Death by stabbing= yes , though meat cleaver was weapon off choice.
Red herring= no
Black gloved killer= yes
Goofy police inspector= no all quite competent
Important picture= no but tape recording
Woman takes bath or shower=no
Blackmail= not really
Gay/lesbian character= nothing obvious
Important memory= can't remembert really
Random scene in Italian= yup, first one for me
Ooh ooh music=no not a groan
Death by razor=not even a nick while shaving
Childhood trauma= no
Killer’s footsteps= no

So only eight ( +2 at a stretch)

 Posted:   Nov 30, 2022 - 10:38 PM   
 By:   On the Rooftops   (Member)

“The Telephone” from Il Tre Volta della Paura/ Black Sabbath

Just a vignette perhaps (I will admit a personal bias in favor of
Bava in general and this film in particular- for me this is the horror
equivalent of a The Good the Bad and the Ugly or Where Eagles
Dare etc), but maybe relevant here as Cinematic Giallo#2 and the
first in color-
Briefly, the tale of hot party chick Rosy, who is being terrorized by
increasingly threatening calls from ex-lover/escaped criminal
Frank; she turns to ex-lover (busy gal) Mary, who knows more
about what’s going on than Rosy, and is ready to use the situation
to get back together- but Mary hasn’t reckoned with the actual
threat that Frank represents..
Please note, this only applies to the original Italian version, as
the AIP one is slightly re-edited and dubbed to be a cleaned-up
ghost story! Also has two musical scores, original by Roberto
Nicolosi (smooth jazz with a little suspense flavor) and next by
Les Baxter (with slightly more aggressive jazz more in the 50’s
Elmer/Sweet Smell of Success vein) neither of which score any
bingo points!
Only points for Stabbing, Black gloves(not really on killer, but
when they appear clutching a gleaming knife, it’s like a giallo
postcard), Red herring, Lesbians, and killer footsteps.
Five bingo points for 25 minutes, not bad.

 Posted:   Nov 30, 2022 - 10:46 PM   
 By:   On the Rooftops   (Member)

And my apologies, I’ve realized that in the time it took you to read
that rambling screed, you could have watched the whole fkn part of
the film.
Don’t get me started on the other two parts of it!

 Posted:   Dec 1, 2022 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

And my apologies, I’ve realized that in the time it took you to read
that rambling screed, you could have watched the whole fkn part of
the film.
Don’t get me started on the other two parts of it!

Interesting - a portmanteau film introduced by Boris Karloff, according to IMDB. Hadn’t heard of it. Giallo or not, I’d like to track it down.

 Posted:   Dec 2, 2022 - 10:00 PM   
 By:   On the Rooftops   (Member)

Man, that’s a little surprising, I thought everyone had seen this old
“chestnut” by now. Love to hear what your fresh opinion on it would
be if you get around to it.
Check out the Italian version first; it’s a more elegant, if that’s the
word, version that gets “scarier” as it goes along. The original score
is very good, the only thing you’ll miss is Karloff’s real voice (which
is unfortunate, as he is compelling).
I’m going on again.
Know that this has the freakiest fkn ghost in all cinema.

 Posted:   Dec 3, 2022 - 12:48 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

I have it but it's been a while since watched. I read, somewhere, that Boris died not long after this one. And Bava felt a bit guilty coz he made him sit in the ' rain' for long periods and caught cold( I think that what I read).

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