On The 3rd Day

On The 3rd Day (Al Tercer Día) (2021)

On The 3rd Day (Al Tercer Día) at Grimmfest 2021 (note that this film was based on the English dubbed version; a subtitled version of the film is also available) Daniel de la Vega‘s previous White Coffin (Ataúd Blanco: El Juego Diabólico, 2016) began with a mother in a car with her young daughter, fleeing…

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’…

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…

Berberian

Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

First published by Little White Lies No-one saw it coming. Defying all predictability, Peter Strickland’s debut Katalin Varga (2009) was an English film telling a Romanian (and Romanian-language) rape/revenge story set to eclectic soundscapes by Nurse With Wound. Now, just as improbably, his follow-up is a bi-lingual tale of two halves (still with the odd snatch of Nurse With…

The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears (2013)

First published as part of an end-of-year listicle thingy in Grolsch FilmWorks, as (probably) my favourite UK theatrical release of 2014. A labour of love from Belgian writer/director couple Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, and forming a complementary diptych with their female-focused 2009 feature debut Amer, The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears is a giallo-inflected journey into…

Amer

Amer (2009)

Amer first appeared in Sight & Sound, February 2011 Review: Near the beginning of Amer, as a mother (Bianca Maria D’Amato) adjusts her belt buckle, her young daughter Ana (Cassandra Forêt) is shown inserting her fingers into her ears to block out the scratching of metal on metal. Accordingly the noise is amplified to unnaturally…