3 Essential Giallo Movies You Should See

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Blood and Black Lace

3 Essential Giallo Movies You Should See

Among aficionados of cult cinema, the Italian genre, Giallo, stands as an alternative to formulaic American thrillers. These films feature very specific characteristics that set them apart from “respectable cinema,” such as suspense, deliberate nudity, and gallons of blood. Celebrating the airing of the Italian thriller, Perversion, we have selected three essential giallo films you should see at least once.

Blood and Black Lace

Also known as Six Women for the Murderer, this is the quintessential giallo movie! Made in 1964 by Mario Bava, Blood and Black Lace has been so influential that one can trace its impact on filmmakers like Dario Argento, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Wes Craven. The story follows Isabella, a beautiful model employed at a fashion house who is violently killed by an assailant wearing a featureless white mask. Police starts investigating the murder and when Isabella’s diary is found, everyone in the gallery become nervous; they all have forbidding secrets.

A Bay of Blood

Considered one of the bloodiest and most violent giallo films in history, A Bay of Blood tells the story of Countess Federica as she is attacked and strangled to death by her husband, who then is murdered. It is believed to be a suicide. Their heirs show up, as well as a group of young people on vacation, and the murderer is ready to kill all of them.

The movie’s emphasis on graphically bloody murder set pieces was hugely influential on the slasher film subgenre that would follow a decade later. In 2005, the magazine Total Film named A Bay of Blood one of the 50 greatest horror films of all time.

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

Directed by the one and only Dario Argento in his directorial debut, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage follows Sam Dalmas, an American writer living in Rome with his model girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall). He is suffering from writer’s block, and wants to go back to the U.S., but he witnesses an attempted murder by a serial killer who is hunting young girls. Sam is determined to find out who the killer is.

Argento wrote the script with Fredric Brown’s novel, The Screaming Mimi, in mind. Not only was the movie a commercial success, it was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe award for best motion picture in 1971.

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