Defining the Giallo Film

The lavish and vivid set design in Blood and Black Lace (1964)
  • Exceptional costume design
  • Acts of violence such as murder and therefore blood and gore
  • Nudity and eroticism
  • Psychosexual desires from the killer and other forms of psychological madness
  • Murder mystery, often with someone acting as an amateur detective
  • Red herrings to throw off the protagonist(s) and the audience
  • Beautiful middle-class women who have their lives either interrupted or ended
  • A menacing and jarring soundtrack
A hue of reds, pinks and blues in Suspiria (1977) directed by Dario Argento
The use of red in Deep Red (1975) directed by Dario Argento
The faceless killer in Blood and Black Lace (1964)
L-R: Tenebre (1982), Blood and Black Lace (1964) and Deep Red (1975)
Edwige Fenech in Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970) directed by Mario Bava
A small fraction of the gory, bloody deaths in giallo, Top-botton: A Bay of Blood (1971), Deep Red (1975) Suspiria (1977) and The New York Ripper (1982)
  • The Black Belly of the Tarantula
  • Don’t Torture a Duckling
  • Seven Deaths in the Cat’s Eye
  • The Perfume of the Lady in Black
  • Five Dolls for an August Moon

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Toni Stanger

Toni Stanger

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A freelance film and tv writer from England, who loves cats, horror films, and 2000s nostalgia.