PUT THE BLOODY KNIFE DOWN. Time To Talk About Day #14 Of “Shocktober!”
It’s the fourteenth day of “Shocktober”, and time to slice and dice a new horror genre for you!
If you don’t know about the classic Italian “giallo” genre of film shockers, you are missing some of the most suspenseful thrillers ever committed to bloody celluloid!
“Giallos” are Italy’s version of “pulp fiction” – lurid thrillers with plenty of sex and violence – but they are also some of the best mystery films ever made!
Oh, they also have some of the wildest titles of all time: like “A Lizard In A Woman’s Skin” for one, and what about this subtle title?
The genre of Italian “giallo” film has resulted in some cinematic classics such as “Suspiria” and “Four Flies On Dead Velvet” – and I will share more about those in a moment….but first, time to explore a few more classics of the genre – starting with this classic title:
“Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key!”
This cult classic is loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale “The Black Cat”, and is from director Sergio Martino – who also made the classic thriller “Torso”!
This is a classic cult film that you can read more about here:
But now, back to “Your Vice Is A Locked Room!”
First, here is an international trailer, but don’t worry: it’s all scenes and images from the film with a classic 70’s giallo soundtrack!
Well, that poster doesn’t leave much to the imagination, does it?
Here’s a brief synopsis: Oliviero is an abrasive drunk who amuses himself by holding drunken orgies at his grand country manor – and no surprise, his wife, played by Actress Anita Strindberg, doesn’t like it much!
Soon, a series of murders rocks Oliviero’s sordid world….and here’s a great fact thanks to IMDB: the title is a reference to Sergio Martino’s earlier giallo “”The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh”, in which the same phrase appears in a mysterious note apparently sent by a killer!
So, are you getting an idea of just how entertaining and twisted this genre is? And believe me when I tell you – they are very entertaining!
Perhaps the most well-known Giallo Director is the legendary Dario Argento:
Argento’s masterpiece is “Suspiria” starring Jessica Harper, best known for her starring role in Brian DePalma’s “Phantom Of The Paradise”…but Argeno also made such great thriller as “Tenebrae”-
You can read all about his great movies by clicking on my story here:
Some very well known movie stars appeared in these films – perhaps none more beautiful than “Bond Girl” Claudine Auger:
Aside from starring alongside Sean Connery in “Thunderbolt”, she starred in a classic “giallo” as well…see it here:
One of the genre’s most controversial films was this classic – with an equally classic title:
“A Lizard In A Woman’s Skin” ended up in court! Click here to find out why the Director almost ended up in prison!
As you can see, it’s a movie category with plenty of controversy…another great Director was Lucio Fulci, and yes, he had some wacky film titles too!
Yes, the film “Don’t Torture A Duckling” is a classic Giallo shocker! Read more here:
And finally, here is a title that doesn’t beat around the bush:
“Strip Nude For Your Killer” may sound like it’s pandering, and – well, it is! But it’s still a great mystery thriller, and you can read more here:
Let me know which of these classic “Giallos” you’ve watched on this 14th day of “Shocktober!”
What a great way to celebrate Shocktober 2016! If you need more proof, I have a few “PIECES” of information to share:
Yes, this classic 80’s shocker will fill your Shocktober nicely – see the original shocking trailer here:
And guess who’s back – for the 31st time – to celebrate Shocktober?
“Oh No, There Goes Tokyo – Go Go Godzilla!”
Yes, the latest “Godzilla” film from Japan is here – check out the terrific “Godzilla Resurgence” trailer here:
If you like your Halloween full of great scares, check this out:
This great “haunted house” film stars the iconic George C. Scott – you can see the trailer here:
And recently, America has been “spooked” by the appearance of real evil clowns:
Wow! There are a few great Halloween “evil clown” films to check out, and you can see them here:
Finally, I have a classic member of the “horror club” to introduce you to:
Yes, the “Friday the 13th” films are always worth watching over Halloween – here is some great trivia about the film:
Enjoy your Halloween!
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#31daysofhalloween #31daysofhorror #shocktober – italian “Giallo” on this countdown of great horror films
I have seen many of these, at least all the Argento films. I liked the visuals, but I hated the out-of-synch dubbing. I would like to see them in the original language with subtitles. Maybe that’s available now, with DVD?
Best wishes, Pete.
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Pete, some of the new blu-rays offer it as an option – but I also suffer through bad sync – still, home video has given us the chance to enjoy these gems for generations!