Next week, we’ll explore five movies from director Sergio Martino, particularly from his 1971-1973, when he made five different giallo in quick succession — all completely different takes on the form, so different that it seems like it could come from five different voices. These films are:
The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh — A married woman comes back to Venice for the first time in a year, bringing bad memories, bad relationships and murder into her life.
The Case of the Bloody Iris — A new apartment comes with plenty of baggage — namely murder.
All the Colors of the Dark — A woman loses her mother and a child, but could lose her mind, life and soul when she becomes involved with a Satanic cult.
Your Vice is a Locked Door and Only I Have the Key — A woman battles against her husband’s mistreatment with an interfamily affair and murder.
Torso — A masked killer stalks college students while obsessing over baby dolls.
It’s hard putting one sentence descriptions on some of these, as they go way against the giallo format. These are stylish, rich films packed with gorgeous — and grotesque — imagery and aren’t as well known as Argento’s films. They’re well worth discovering — and you can join us on Monday for the first one, The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh.