What Have They Done to Your Daughters? (1974)

By 1974, the giallo was waning and the poliziottesco was starting to win over the Italian box office. This offering is a hybrid of both -- unlike many giallo, the police are not presented as ineffectual or non-essential. Instead, they're followed for most of the film. Massimo Dallamano (The Night Child) made What Have You… Continue reading What Have They Done to Your Daughters? (1974)

The College Girl Murders (1967)

Beyond Dario Argento and Mario Bava, perhaps the true father of the giallo is Edgar Wallace. And yes, it's somewhat strange that a British-born writer -- in fact, the same man who wrote the original script for King Kong -- would beget a uniquely Italian film genre, but sometimes that's how it works. Wallace toiled in… Continue reading The College Girl Murders (1967)

The Dead Are Alive (1972)

Originally known as L'etrusco Uccide Ancora (The Etruscan Kills Again), this film comes to us from Armando Crispino, who made the quite enjoyable Autopsy and the fabulously named Frankenstein Italian Style. It's based on a novel by Bryan Edgar Wallace, the son of the man who gave inspiration to both the krimi and giallo genres. It was released in Germany as… Continue reading The Dead Are Alive (1972)

Atomic Apocalypse (2018)

Originally called Black Flowers, this post-apocalyptic film follows Kate, her injured husband Sam and their daughter Suzi after the end of the world as they look for a hidden storehouse of supplies. Kate soon finds herself cut off from her family and must battle her way back to them, but things are complicated by Sam's injuries,… Continue reading Atomic Apocalypse (2018)

Crimes of the Black Cat (1972)

Italy and Denmark unite for a film made in the wake of Dario Argento's landmark The Bird With the Crystal Plumage. Just look -- there are crimes right in the title and some vaguely associated animal name! Actually, a black cat does kill some people in this, so the name makes sense. Originally titled Sette Scialli di… Continue reading Crimes of the Black Cat (1972)

My Dear Killer (1972)

This Italian/Spanish giallo comes to us from director Tonino Valerii, who wrote The Long Hair of Death and directed plenty of great spaghetti westerns like Day of Anger and My Name is Nobody. He's recruited George Hilton for this film, who was also in Sartana's Here… Trade Your Pistol for a Coffin, as well as giallo classics like The Sweet… Continue reading My Dear Killer (1972)

Watch Me When I Kill (1977)

Antonio Bido also directed the giallo The Blood Stained Shadow, which I tend to enjoy more than this one. However, how great is the title of this film? A pharmacist is murdered and Mara, the woman who saw the killer leave the scene, is now being stalked. Her boyfriend Lukas, being protective, decides to figure out… Continue reading Watch Me When I Kill (1977)