Horror has many subgenres under its tent. Since the 1930s, horror has been full of gothic and monster movies. In the 1970s and 1980s, a slasher boom emerged. During this decade, paranormal and haunting films were all the rage. It’s just America. In the 1960s in Italy he started a genre. While not entirely mainstream, it has created a cult following in America and inspired countless future films. That distinction belongs to the jarro subgenre, a kind of horror film that mixes aspects of slasher with crime and mystery, and usually a lot of blood. Here are some of the best Giallo movies that have stood the test of time and that every horror fan should see today.
The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963)
known as evil eye In the United States, this black-and-white photograph has the distinction of being called the first giallo film. Directed by one of the masters of the subgenre, Mario BabaLater Giallo films were all in color, focusing not just on bloody red, but on all colors around it. Bava didn’t have that option, but he compensates by leaning to the virtues of black-and-white cinema by focusing on light and shadow. It’s about a woman named Nora.Laetitia RomanThe story isn’t the best in the genre, but from a technical standpoint, nothing is as beautiful and haunting as this one. There is no other.
Blood and Black Lace (1964)
The following year Mario Bava, Godfather of Giarro, created another classic with this story about a masked killer who murders a model in Rome. make the most of He worked as a cinematographer in his early years and was his own on most films. One of his most used tropes in Giallo is the mysterious killer wearing gloves to further hide his identity. It started here. The film is full of blood, but under Bhava’s watch, it looks more like art than just a bloody endeavour. Dario ArgentoLater styles are heavily influenced by this style.
Bird with Crystal Wings (1970)
Speaking of Argento, this is where he first appears on the list. If Bava was the creator of his Giallo, Argento perfected it and became a very popular man. This was the first and very popular Giallo entry. Filled with a myriad of bright colors, it has all the hallmarks Argento is known for, but it’s not the blood that makes this so memorable. can be obtained (Tony Musante When Susie Kendall) begins investigating a string of murders on his own. That’s what makes this movie stand out. Some of the early Giallo movies may not have always had great stories, but this is his one of cinema’s best mystery flicks. Argento has shown that not only can he scare you, but he can also put you on the edge of your seat.
A Short Night of Glass Dolls (1971)
Baba, Argento and the Big Three Lucio Fulci We are not responsible for this.Credit for this classic goes to the director Aldorado. starring Jean Sorel As a European-American reporter looking for a missing girlfriend, this entry doesn’t get as much attention as the famous director got, but that’s a good thing. , to the legendary film’s incredible score, it stands out for several reasons. Ennio Morriconethe man most famous for composing haunting scores of good things, bad things, ugly thingsIt delves deeper than others, like digging into politics and having to say a lot about the predicament of communism. Besides the thrills and chills, I have something to say.
Lizard on a Woman’s Skin (1971)
This is Lucio Fulci’s second giallo film and it’s a really weird one. The crew ended up in court to prove that no real animals were harmed.Florinda Volcan) I start having sex dreams about my neighbor (Anita Strindberg). Of course, the neighbor dies and the heroine sees the murderer in her dreams. There are not many shocks. It also turns into another part of the Giallo trope by taking a more supernatural turn.
Bay of Blood (1971)
Mario Baba is back on the list with his most famous films. Friday the 13th It will blatantly rip off that masterful killing. Halloween You may be credited as the first of the popular slashers, but before that this was it. On the other hand, we see POV of killers and teens being killed in the woods. The plot is a bit forgettable, but that’s not what you’re here for.in the meantime Friday the 13th would have done Tom Savini Baba was hired as the master behind the effect Carlo Rambaldi To bring the death scene to life. It’s no surprise how well it works, as Rambaldi later won an Oscar. alien When E.T. The plot is haphazard, but the shocking ending is Knockout.
Don’t Torture the Duckling (1972)
Fulci reappears with a slightly different plot than most Giallos. Because small children are being killed here. It’s up to a few cops and a reporter (Thomas Milian) (Giallo seems to always have a reporter) Find out who’s responsible. We watch the townsfolk tear themselves apart and blame each other. There is a political background to how we treat women and foreigners, the exploitation of children, and the sins of religion. The music is powerful and almost has its own character. Throw in the usual awe-inspiring Fulci visuals and you have a giallo that will never be forgotten.
What did you do to Solange? (1972)
This is another production not directed by the Big 3 and unfortunately it doesn’t get enough attention.directed by Massimo Daramano, which was the first of his sorority in the danger trilogy. He will die before making a third movie, but he gets his credit for writing it, and this giallo will rip your heart out. Not literally, there’s very little blood to be found, but the story gets through your skin.Fabio Testi) has been accused of As more girls are murdered, it is revealed that they are all friends of the missing student Solange (Camille Keaton). Another giallo, with the killer disguised as a priest, chooses this format to talk about religion and especially Catholic sin.
Deep Red (1975)
Probably the most famous and best giallo film is this one by Dario Argento. We get all the metaphors. The culprit is a mysterious person wearing black gloves. (Argento actually portrayed the murderer’s covered hands in his film.) There is a reporter (a frequent collaborator of Argento and the mother of his children). Dahlia Nicordi) Partner (David Hemmings). There’s a ton of blood and a score by Giallo’s regular Goblin, one of the genre’s best. And as usual, it’s all done with the great visuals that Argento is famous for. Argento didn’t create anything new with this, but here he’s perfected it. deep red It also has some of the scariest puppet scenes you’ve ever seen.
Rounding out the list is once again Dario Argento. There are many films of his that could be included, but this is the only one that draws inspiration from a truly terrifying period in Argento’s real life. and wrote a script for this story about a novelist (Anthony Franciosa) is trying to track down a killer who is murdering people based on his work. When Giallo’s popularity and creativity began to wane in his early 1980s, Argento fought back with a personal film, Meta 1. Always top notch camera work and hard hitting scores.