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THIRTEEN YEARS OF UNWANTED OPINION

giallo

Profundo Rosso (1975)

Profundo Rosso (1975)

Even for a movie in the giallo style, Deep Red (or Profundo Rosso) has a fairly unusual plot. That aside, the production seems stark and eerily sparse, the exact opposite of say, Susperia (except for maybe that bit where the dog goes for the guy’s throat in that wide open city square). Honestly, Profundo Rosso is the detective story of your nightmares, with only the twists and turns your dreamworld can conjure up. The pacing falls off in the final third but the visuals are striking enough to keep me interested. A classic, no doubt.

The Case Of The Bloody Iris (1972)

The Case Of The Bloody Iris (1972)

Once again it is giallo o’clock here at Lines In Wax. The Case Of The Bloody Iris is a slightly awkward and clumsy romp through the sexually-charged early 70s as our titular heroine Jennifer is hunted by a madman living in a block of flats. There lot’s of skin and artsy murder mystery stylings that you would expect from such a title. The pacing is a little off, but overall it is fairly strong and enjoyable giallo.

Strip Nude For Your Killer (1975)

Strip Nude For Your Killer (1975)

This is an absolutely stunning giallo movie (if one can use such a way to describe a movie of this nature), where the best tropes of the sleazy Italian genre are taken to create a sexy bright-red-blood fest of unexplainable deaths. The plot? Very, very sexy ladies are getting butchered by a mysterious masked assailant clad in leather. I won’t spoil the ending, but what a journey. Aesthetically mesmerizing, but plays out like a gory soap opera. 

Delirium (1987)

Delirium (1987)

IMDb has this down as a “spaghetti horror”, which is pretty funny. Where does a giallo end and spaghetti horror begin, definition wise? I guess, if anything, Delirium is a late offering to the giallo cause, coming out in 1987. Either way, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, despite how bad it looks. The sound effects are so fucking cheap, and couple that with an unbelievable bad overdub, the even more unbelievably bad acting, we have a recipe for success here. The plot revolves loosely around a porno mag’s editor being sent pictures of the mutilated corpses of her models, who are draped in front of a massive picture of herself, so as you can imagine there is plenty of cheesy violence, and even more plentiful nudity. Trippy FX are reserved for the brief moments that we see through the eyes of the killer, but are effective. Throw in a crappy twist and hey, you’ve got yourself a thriller (apparently).