If you don’t know what a giallo film is, then this is a decent introduction. It is a genre of Italian suspense/thriller/horror films that were made in the 1960’s and 1970’s. These films are known for sex, murders, beautiful women, and violence. They act as a bit of a bridge between Hitchcock’s Psycho and the slasher films of the 1980’s. Some were particularly special like those made by Dario Argento and Mario Bava, but others were just fine examples of the genre like this one.
The film begins with a phone call to a woman who invites another woman up to her place. On the way there she is murdered. Soon another lady in the building is killed. Then two models move in to the second murdered woman’s place and the murders don’t stop till we reach the end of the film.
|Jennifer Lansbury (Edwige Fenech)|
Our hero is the woman pictured above with her big beautiful eyes, long black hair, and beautiful body that get a workout as people die around her and attempts are made on her own life. The camera also gets a workout with many zooms, odd angles, and other effects that add style and a welcome sleazy feeling to the film.
It’s not the best of the genre, but a textbook example of it. I recommend it.