Crystal

Crystal Eyes (Mirada de cristal) (2017)

Crystal Eyes (Mirada de cristal) first published by SciFiNow There was a time when giallo was the height of fashion. In the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties, Italian thrillers were the very model of genre chic, bringing a splash of style, panache and colour to the Hitchcockian whodunnit, and showing the aesthetic angle – the ‘good side’…

Videoman

Videoman (Videomannen) (2018)

Videoman (Videomannen) first published by SciFiNow “I feel like King Kong in New York,” says Ennio Midena (Stefan Sauk) to Simone Karlsson (Lena Nilsson) in Kristian A. Söderström’s Videoman (Videomannen), “I should have been extinct a long time ago.” Ennio is a fish out of water in more ways than one. A ‘flat broke’ migrant who…

Plumage

The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (1970)

The Bird With The Crystal Plumage first published by Little White Lies, as the 51st instalment in my Cinema Psychotronicum column There is a sequence in the middle of Dario Argento’s assured feature debut The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (L’uccello dalle piume di cristallo) which sets out the film’s stall. The hero Sam Dalmas (Tony…

Straight

Straight On Till Morning (1972)

Straight On Till Morning first published by Little White Lies, as the 50th entry in my Cinema Pyschotronicum column “You bloody maniac, what do you think you’re doing!”, yells a woman (Katya Wyeth) at Peter (Shane Briant) as he almost runs her down with his convertible in the streets of Earl’s Court. Only minutes earlier, Peter,…

Tails

The Cat O’ Nine Tails (1971)

The Cat O’ Nine Tails first published by Little White Lies, as entry 49 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column The Cat O’ Nine Tails (Il Gatto a Nove Code) is director Dario Argento’s second feature, and the middle film in his so-called ‘Animal Trilogy’ (coming between 1970’s The Bird With The Crystal Plumage and 1971’s Four…

Torso

Torso (1973)

Torso first published by Little White Lies, as part 40 of my Cinema Psychotronicum column “What you see on the screen is not a product of expressionist art. What you have here are fragments of cloth found under the fingernails of one of your companions who was barbarously murdered just one week ago.” Addressing a room…

Tulpa (2012)

First published by VODzilla.co Lisa Boeri (Claudia Gerini) leads a double life. Bilingual and bisexual, by day she is a highly efficient executive in the cutthroat world of energy commodities. By night she frequents a private members’ club (named Tulpa) where, under the influence of hallucinogens, she indulges her desires with a like-minded set of…

Francesca (2016)

On the fifteenth anniversary of the disappearance of Francesca Visconti (a sadistic young girl who laughed as she stabbed her own baby brother in his pram), a string of gruesome murders is besetting the city. At first these are styled by the killer as punishments for perceived sins, with quotes from Dante’s Inferno left at…

neo-giallo

Death Knocks Twice: The Resurrection of Giallo

First published by New Empress Magazine If the term neo-giallo implies a long-buried palaeo-giallo that has more recently been disinterred and reanimated in a different form, then it ought to be possible to pin down an approximate date of death for the prior Italian subgenre. Giallo had its peak in the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties…

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Tulpa (2012)

First published by Little White Lies [note that this is a review of the version of the film which premièred at FrightFest 2012, for its first and only screening; since then, the film has been released in a very different cut] Remember Giallo, Dario Argento’s bumbling love letter to the genre that made his name?…