Tag: giallo

Peeping into the Labyrinth: the Giallo & the Neo-Giallo

Peeping into the Labyrinth: the Giallo & the Neo-Giallo

March 20, 2018 | By

Reviews of two giallo entries from 1972: Mario Caiano’s Eye in the Labyrinth / L’occhio nel labirinto on Code Red DVD + James Kelley’s What the Peeper Saw / Diabólica malicia via VCI on Blu.

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DVD: Eye in the Labyrinth / L’occhio nel labirinto (1972)

DVD: Eye in the Labyrinth / L’occhio nel labirinto (1972)

March 20, 2018 | By

Film: Very Good Transfer: Very Good Extras: n/a Label:  Code Red / Unobstructed View Region: 1 (NTSC) Released:  December 19, 2017 Genre:  Giallo / Thriller Synopsis: A Nervous Nellie searches for her missing boyfriend / shrink at a strange hippy health clinic. Special Features:  Code Red Trailers.     Review: Reportedly never released in North America, Mario […]

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BR: What the Peeper Saw / Diabólica malicia (1972)

BR: What the Peeper Saw / Diabólica malicia (1972)

March 20, 2018 | By

Film: Very Good Transfer: Very Good Extras: Standard Label:  VCI Region: A Released:  February 16, 2016 Genre:  Giallo / Suspense Synopsis: A newlywed suspects her stepson may have murdered his mother, and now has eyes on her! Special Features:  Theatrical & TV Trailers.     Review: After making a striking formal debut as the titular tiny tot […]

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The Germanic Giallo: Masks (2011)

The Germanic Giallo: Masks (2011)

November 22, 2016 | By

Review of Andreas Marschall’s Germanic giallo Masks (2011), packaged in a sexy limited 3-disc edition from Reel Gore Releasing.

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BR: Masks (2011)

BR: Masks (2011)

November 22, 2016 | By

Andreas Marschall’s open love letter to Dario Argento and the giallo is packed with numerous elements designed to tickle genre fans, and it manages to succeed for the most part in its first third, as Britt, a young student at an acting academy, is confronted by a gloved, masked, saber-wielding killer in her apartment…

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Solange and Other Tales of Schoolgirls in Peril

Solange and Other Tales of Schoolgirls in Peril

March 17, 2016 | By

Reviews of Massimo Dallamano’s schoolgirls-in-peril trilogy: 1972’s What Have You Done to Solange? (new on Blu via Arrow Video / MVD Visual), 1974’s What Have They Done to Our Daughters? + 1978’s Virgin Killer.

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BR: What Have You Done to Solange? / Cosa avete fatto a Solange? (1972)

BR: What Have You Done to Solange? / Cosa avete fatto a Solange? (1972)

March 17, 2016 | By

Branded a schoolgirl-in-peril entry, the genre isn’t new nor unique to Italian cinema – one can find traces (emphasizing terror and implied / potential violation over murder) in the kidnapped teen thriller Union Station (1950) and the psycho-sexual blackmailer / bank robber / teen molester Experiment in Terror (1961) – but Massimo Dallamano’s What have You Done to Solange…

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Film: What Have They Done to Your Daughters? / The Coed Murders / La polizia chiede aiuto (1974)

Film: What Have They Done to Your Daughters? / The Coed Murders / La polizia chiede aiuto (1974)

March 17, 2016 | By

Although regarded as the second part in Massimo Dallamano’s schoolgirl-in-peril trilogy, this entry moves farther from the giallo roots in What Have You Done to Solange? (1972), emphasizing elements of the poliziotteschi genre in which corruption runs deep, victims and their families rarely achieve any justice, and the serial killer’s motivation…

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Film: Virgin Killer / Enigma rosso (1978)

Film: Virgin Killer / Enigma rosso (1978)

March 17, 2016 | By

Planned as the third installment of writer-director Massimo Dallamano’s schoolgirls-in-peril trilogy, things were put on pause when the director died in a car accident, but two years later a shooting script by committee (seven writers, including a German scribe) was put in production with TV director Alberto Negrin at the helm…

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CD: Grand Piano (2013)

CD: Grand Piano (2013)

October 6, 2014 | By

Victor Reyes’ “Main Titles” is a fantastic mix of agitated rhythms redolent of Ennio Morricone’s work (notably The Untouchables’ fat bass line) and mounting textures which introduce a smidge of melody in a cue that’s otherwise representative of madness about to explode from pent-up pressure…

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