Vinegar Syndrome has just released this set, of which they’ve said, “With the giallo at its peak in the early 70s, it seemed that every filmmaker working in Italy was vying to make one and put their unique creative stamp on this highly popular genre. Presented here are a trio of early 70s gialli, all directed by filmmakers who had never made one before — or after — and all presenting wildly different approaches to the genre’s most prevalent trappings, ranging from deliriously sleazy, to high camp, to unwaveringly grim and sombre. All three films are presented in brand new and exclusive restorations of their original, uncensored, 35mm camera negatives. Vinegar Syndrome is proud to present the second entry in their Forgotten Gialli series.”
There are three movies on this set and we’ve already covered all of them. Click through any of the hyperlinks to read our full articles on each film!
The Girl in Room 2A: Mitchell Hillman wrote a great guest review for this, in which he said, “Both times I’ve watched this I thought this would be an amazing film to reboot, there’s much more of a horror aspect to it than the usual gore laden bloodbath. It’s got a great story at the heart of it and I’d just love to see it treated to a decent budget. Everyone is creepy, it seems that only Margaret and Jack are on the level, but you can never be sure about anything.”
The French Sex Murders: “Rosabeli Neri (Lady Frankenstein), Anita Eckberg (Screaming Mimi) and Barbara Bouchet (Don’t Torture A Duckling) all in the same film? What did I do to deserve this, giallo gods? I realize this isn’t a great film. But it’s certainly not boring, what with hooded figures running around a brothel, decapitations and falls off important French landmarks.”
My Dear Killer: “An unsolved case of kidnapping and murder has led to a series of seemingly unconnected deaths that Inspector Peretti (Hilton) must put together. All he has to go by is a drawing that a little girl made, but giallo films have been solved with less clues.While this movie stays more on the police side of the equation than many giallo, it still has some kill scenes that stand out, such as a grisly circular saw murder.” Strangely enough, this was written by the same person who wrote Jodoworsky’s Santa Sangre, Roberto Leoni.