Friday, June 26, 2009

Chi l'ha vista morire (Who Saw Her Die?)

Chi l'ha vista morire is one of my favourite gialli. Excellent performances by the cast (both George Lazenby and Anita Strindberg deliver career best perfomances here), great soundtrack by Morricone and the Venice locations are beautifully shot by Franco Di Giacomo (Four Flies on Grey Velvet). Poster art by Enzo Nistri.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Giallo Napoletano (Atrocious Tales of Love and Death)

The three posters for Sergio Corbucci's Giallo Napoletano. The top poster and the title are a bit misleading since the film is more a comedy with thriller elements rather than a giallo. The last and third one even includes a picture of Hitchcock to push the the thriller aspect of the film.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by it the first time I saw it though. Marcello Mastroianni is great as the hapless mandonlin player Raffaele drawn in to a murder mystery. No info on the poster artists.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Il Diavolo nel cervello (Devil in the Brain)

Sergio Sollima is best known for his excellent westerns and poliziotteschi, but Il Diavolo nel cervello is a great murder mystery that unfolds in a series of flashbacks. It also features one of Morricone's most beaautiful scores. No info on the poster artist.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Malocchio (Evil Eye)

Mario Siciliano's Malocchio (or Eroticfollia as it is also known) is a unusual mix of giallo and supernatural horror. I love a good hallucination/nightmare sequence and since this starts off with one I got my hopes up the first time I watched it. Unfortunately the mix of genres isn't entierly successful and the end result turns out to be a fairly average. Pretty cool score by Stelvio Ciprianni though.
No info on who did the top poster. The one blow is by Ferrari (Studio Paradiso)
The last and third certainly pushed the erotic angle the furthest. I don't really have a clue as to which order the came, but my guess would be the third one is a fairly desperate attempt to sell the erotic angle after the frist two failed to make a dent at the box office. Again, this is purely speculation.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Giochi erotici di una famiglia perbene (Thrilling Story)

Giochi erotici di una famiglia perbene is yet another one I haven't seen but considering the story and screenplay is by Renato Polselli and it stars Erika Blanc, I'm sure it's must see.

Friday, June 12, 2009

La Donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake)

I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a fansubbed copy of Luigi Bazzoni and Franco Rosselini's La Donna del lago a couple of years ago and like ...a tutte le auto della polizia, La Donna del lago is one of those hidden gems that you wish you'd seen sooner. It's not your typical giallo, but this black and white 1965 murder mystery is well worth seeking out if you're a fan of Bazzoni's other work.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

La Sanguisaga conduce la danza il marchio di Satana (Bloodsucker Leads the Dance)

You hardly expect a film set in a castle on Ireland in 1902 to be a giallo, but that's the setting for Alfredo Rizzo's La Sanguisaga conduce la danza il marchio di Satana. It's a very poor genre entry though. Rizzo tries to keep the audience intrest up by serving up plenty of nudity, but not even that can save the film. It'
s a very poor script, the direction is flat and the first half of the film is excruciatingly slow. Just about the only good thing about it is the poster art. I've got two alternate posters. Unfortunately I'm not able to make out the signature on the top one and on the bottom one there's no info on the poster artist.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Una Tomba aperta... una bara vuota (An Open Empty Coffin)

It's only recently that I've managed to come across a fansubbed copy of Alfonso Balcázar's Una Tomba aperta... una bara vuota and I haven't had a chance to watch it yet, so I can't really comment on the film. Great posters by Renato Casaro though.

Friday, June 5, 2009


Renato Polselli's Mania might be impossible to find, but as you can see the poster is around. For those who don't know, Renato Polselli 1973 giallo is like the Holy Grail of the Giallo genre. In the years that I've been trading I've never come across anybody that has claimed to have seen it. No info on the poster artist.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

La Bambola di Satana (Satan’s Doll)

Ferruccio Casapinta's La Bambola di Satana is another gialli that I haven't seen, but the poster art (no info on the artist) certainly looks good.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Solamente Nero (The Blood Stained Shadow)

The two alternatie posters for Antonio Bido's Solamente Nero proved quite tricky to track down for me, but I finally managed to find both of them. I'm fond of the top poster (by L. Crovato) which I find quite striking and atmospheric. The bottom poster by Studio TEF on the other hand is more in line with their frankly rubbish posters for Bido's Il Gatto dagli occhi di giada.