Giallo: Murder, Razors & Leather Gloves

by Vincent_VegaIMDB | created - 07 Dec 2011 | updated - 06 Jul 2016 | Public

"Giallo" (Ital. for "yellow"; Plural: "Gialli") is an Italian subgenre of Horror and Thriller movies, mainly produced in the 60's and 70's. It's a precursor of the American Slasher Movies, that began growing since the early 80's. Characteristics are a who-dunnit-plot, artistic camera angles, stylish music, beautiful women, naked breasts, black leather gloves, a lot of blood and gore and of course the obligatory J&B Whiskey Bottle, that appears in almost every Giallo.

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1. Phenomena (1985)

R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery

A young girl, with an amazing ability to communicate with insects, is transferred to an exclusive Swiss boarding school, where her unusual capability might help solve a string of murders.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Daria Nicolodi, Fiore Argento

Votes: 18,604

2. Lo strano vizio della signora Wardh (1971)

R | 81 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

An ambassador's wife discovers that one of the men in her life - either her husband, an ex-lover or her current lover - may be a vicious serial killer.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: George Hilton, Edwige Fenech, Conchita Airoldi, Manuel Gil

Votes: 2,841

3. Deep Red (1975)

R | 126 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

After witnessing the murder of a famous psychic, a musician teams up with a feisty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen assailant bent on keeping a dark secret buried.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Méril

Votes: 24,432

4. The Designated Victim (1971)

105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A wealthy, decadent count convinces a disillusioned playboy that they shall murder one another's relatives, to get away with the perfect crime. The count murders the playboy's unpleasant ... See full summary »

Director: Maurizio Lucidi | Stars: Tomas Milian, Pierre Clémenti, Katia Christine, Luigi Casellato

Votes: 423

5. The Psychic (1977)

R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

A clairvoyant woman discovers a skeleton in a wall in her husband's house, and seeks to find the truth about what happened to the victim.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Gabriele Ferzetti, Marc Porel, Gianni Garko

Votes: 2,991

6. Amer (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

72 Metascore

As a young girl Ana was a rebellious child. She was also tormented by images of death and a shadowy, ominous figure in black. Now an adult, she is once again tormented by shadowy, other-worldly forms.

Directors: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani | Stars: Cassandra Forêt, Charlotte Eugène Guibeaud, Marie Bos, Biancamaria D'Amato

Votes: 4,824

7. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

GP | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A witness of an attack, a writer becomes stalked by a serial killer.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno, Eva Renzi

Votes: 14,027

8. La polizia chiede aiuto (1974)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Horror

Police investigate apparent suicide of teen girl and uncover details of a teenage prostitution racket. They go on the hunt for a motorcycle riding killer.

Director: Massimo Dallamano | Stars: Giovanna Ralli, Claudio Cassinelli, Mario Adorf, Franco Fabrizi

Votes: 1,230

9. Tenebre (1982)

R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Anthony Franciosa, Giuliano Gemma, Christian Borromeo, Mirella D'Angelo

Votes: 16,396

10. The House of the Laughing Windows (1976)

110 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Stefano, a young restorer, is commissioned to save a controversial mural located in the church of a small, isolated village.

Director: Pupi Avati | Stars: Lino Capolicchio, Francesca Marciano, Gianni Cavina, Giulio Pizzirani

Votes: 3,827

11. The New York Ripper (1982)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A burned-out New York police detective teams up with a college psychoanalyst to track down a vicious serial killer randomly stalking and killing various young women around the city.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Jack Hedley, Almanta Suska, Howard Ross, Andrea Occhipinti

Votes: 7,501

12. Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)

Not Rated | 105 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A reporter and a promiscuous young woman try to solve a series of child killings in a remote southern Italian town that's rife with superstition and distrust of outsiders.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Florinda Bolkan, Barbara Bouchet, Tomas Milian, Irene Papas

Votes: 6,087

13. Tutti i colori del buio (1972)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

A woman recovering from a car accident in which she lost her unborn child finds herself pursued by a coven of devil worshipers.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: George Hilton, Edwige Fenech, Ivan Rassimov, Julián Ugarte

Votes: 2,093

14. The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2013)

Not Rated | 102 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

53 Metascore

Following the disappearance of his wife, a man finds himself on a dark and twisted trail of discovery through the labyrinthine halls of his apartment building. Led on a wild goose chase by ... See full summary »

Directors: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani | Stars: Klaus Tange, Ursula Bedena, Joe Koener, Birgit Yew

Votes: 2,838 | Gross: $0.01M

15. A Bay of Blood (1971)

R | 84 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The murder of a wealthy heiress by her husband triggers a series of brutal killings in the surrounding bay area.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Claudio Camaso, Anna Maria Rosati

Votes: 7,236

16. The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972)

Not Rated | 94 min | Mystery, Thriller

Beautiful young model Jennifer Lansbury and her goofy friend Marilyn Ricci move into a swanky high-rise apartment after the previous tenant gets brutally murdered. Pretty soon Jennifer is ... See full summary »

Director: Giuliano Carnimeo | Stars: Edwige Fenech, George Hilton, Paola Quattrini, Giampiero Albertini

Votes: 1,575

17. Strip Nude for Your Killer (1975)

Not Rated | 98 min | Mystery, Thriller

When a fashion model dies during an abortion, a series of murders begins, starting with her doctor. The next victims are connected to the modeling agency where she worked, Albatross, run by... See full summary »

Director: Andrea Bianchi | Stars: Edwige Fenech, Nino Castelnuovo, Femi Benussi, Solvi Stubing

Votes: 1,606

18. Torso (1973)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A string of appalling lust murders shocks the University of Perugia as a sadistic serial killer strangles to death beautiful college girls with a red and black scarf.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: Suzy Kendall, Tina Aumont, Luc Merenda, John Richardson

Votes: 4,204

19. 5 Dolls for an August Moon (1970)

Not Rated | 78 min | Mystery, Thriller

A small group of people come to an island to relax but soon find themselves trapped on the island with a murderer in their midst.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: William Berger, Ira von Fürstenberg, Edwige Fenech, Howard Ross

Votes: 2,069

20. The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)

GP | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

63 Metascore

A newspaper reporter and a retired, blind journalist try to solve a series of killings connected to a pharmaceutical company's experimental, top-secret research projects and in so doing, both become targets of the killer.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak, Pier Paolo Capponi

Votes: 7,576

21. Trauma (1993)

R | 106 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A young man tries to help a teenage European girl who escaped from a clinic hospital after witnessing the murder of her parents by a serial killer and they try to find the killer before the killer finds them.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Christopher Rydell, Asia Argento, Piper Laurie, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 5,372

22. Giornata nera per l'ariete (1971)

Not Rated | 93 min | Mystery, Thriller

An alcoholic journalist finds himself on the trail of a murderer after the police make him a suspect in their investigation.

Director: Luigi Bazzoni | Stars: Franco Nero, Silvia Monti, Wolfgang Preiss, Ira von Fürstenberg

Votes: 1,124

23. Sleepless (2001)

R | 117 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An elderly and retired police detective and a young amateur sleuth team up to find a serial killer whom has resumed a killing spree in Turin, Italy after a 17-year hiatus.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Max von Sydow, Stefano Dionisi, Chiara Caselli, Gabriele Lavia

Votes: 5,489

24. ...a tutte le auto della polizia... (1975)

95 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

Story about a young girl, the daughter a prominent doctor. When the girl goes missing her father gets the police to jump into action because of his class status and wealth.

Director: Mario Caiano | Stars: Antonio Sabato, Luciana Paluzzi, Enrico Maria Salerno, Gabriele Ferzetti

Votes: 189

25. La morte cammina con i tacchi alti (1971)

Not Rated | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller

After a heist, the notorious jewel thief Rochard is murdered in a train. In Paris, his daughter Nicole Rochard, who is a stripper, is summoned by the police that wants to know the ... See full summary »

Director: Luciano Ercoli | Stars: Frank Wolff, Nieves Navarro, Simón Andreu, Carlo Gentili

Votes: 1,020

26. Death Laid an Egg (1968)

86 min | Thriller

A love triangle develops between three people who run a high tech chicken farm. It involves Anna (who owns the farm), her husband Marco (who kills prostitutes in his spare time) and ... See full summary »

Director: Giulio Questi | Stars: Gina Lollobrigida, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Ewa Aulin, Jean Sobieski

Votes: 742

27. Spasmo (1974)

R | 94 min | Mystery, Thriller

Christian (Robert Hoffman) and his girlfriend are taking a walk on a deserted beach when they discover a woman's body lying. A closer look proves that she's alive. The next day Christian ... See full summary »

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Robert Hoffmann, Suzy Kendall, Ivan Rassimov, Adolfo Lastretti

Votes: 1,113

28. Il dolce corpo di Deborah (1968)

R | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A young newlywed couple from America returns to Geneva to visit Marcel's home town. Once there he is informed of his former lover's suicide and in turn is subjected to threats that accuse ... See full summary »

Director: Romolo Guerrieri | Stars: Carroll Baker, Jean Sorel, Ida Galli, George Hilton

Votes: 412

29. Rivelazioni di un maniaco sessuale al capo della squadra mobile (1972)

X | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A serial killer is on the loose. His victims are unfaithful wives and he always leaves compromising photographs at the crime scene.

Director: Roberto Bianchi Montero | Stars: Farley Granger, Sylva Koscina, Silvano Tranquilli, Annabella Incontrera

Votes: 499

30. La ragazza dal pigiama giallo (1977)

Not Rated | 103 min | Mystery, Thriller

Two seemingly separate stories in New South Wales: a burned, murdered body of a young woman is found on the beach, and a retired inspector makes inquiries; also, Linda, a waitress and ferry... See full summary »

Director: Flavio Mogherini | Stars: Ray Milland, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Michele Placido, Mel Ferrer

Votes: 581

31. Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Inspector Tellini investigates serial crimes where victims are paralyzed while having their bellies ripped open with a sharp knife, much in the same way tarantulas are killed by the black ... See full summary »

Director: Paolo Cavara | Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Claudine Auger, Barbara Bouchet, Rossella Falk

Votes: 2,103

32. Il profumo della signora in nero (1974)

Not Rated | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Sylvia, an industrial scientist, is troubled by strange hallucinations related to the tragic suicide of her mother.

Director: Francesco Barilli | Stars: Mimsy Farmer, Maurizio Bonuglia, Mario Scaccia, Jho Jhenkins

Votes: 1,593

33. La corta notte delle bambole di vetro (1971)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery

An American journalist in Prague searches for his girlfriend who has suddenly disappeared.

Director: Aldo Lado | Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Jean Sorel, Mario Adorf, Barbara Bach

Votes: 1,980

34. Pensione paura (1977)

92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A young girl and her mother run a hotel during the war. When the mother dies, the girl finds herself at the mercy of her sex-crazed guests. Soon enough, a cloaked figure starts killing off everyone that tries to harm her.

Director: Francesco Barilli | Stars: Leonora Fani, Luc Merenda, Francisco Rabal, Jole Fierro

Votes: 383

35. Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate (1971)

Not Rated | 95 min | Mystery, Thriller

When a girl is murdered in a park, a man is tried and convicted for the crime but afterwards the killings continue.

Director: Duccio Tessari | Stars: Helmut Berger, Giancarlo Sbragia, Ida Galli, Silvano Tranquilli

Votes: 824

36. Inferno (1980)

R | 107 min | Horror

An American college student in Rome and his sister in New York investigate a series of killings in both locations where their resident addresses are the domain of two covens of witches.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle, Eleonora Giorgi, Daria Nicolodi

Votes: 14,203

37. Una sull'altra (1969)

R | 97 min | Mystery, Thriller

An insurance scam lands a man on death row for murdering his wife. What everyone doesn't know is she really isn't dead.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Jean Sorel, Marisa Mell, Elsa Martinelli, Alberto de Mendoza

Votes: 1,324

38. The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A young prostitute is found brutally killed and is up to detective Germi (Claudio Cassinelli) the investigation of the case, as the search progress he uncovers a girls trafficking ring with connections to powerful people.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: Claudio Cassinelli, Mel Ferrer, Lia Tanzi, Gianfranco Barra

Votes: 452

39. Chi l'ha vista morire? (1972)

Not Rated | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

A young girl is brutally murdered somewhere in France. Sometime later, the same thing happens to the daughter of a well-known sculptor. This time the parents (the sculptor and his wife) ... See full summary »

Director: Aldo Lado | Stars: George Lazenby, Anita Strindberg, Adolfo Celi, Dominique Boschero

Votes: 1,642

40. L'assassino è costretto ad uccidere ancora (1975)

Not Rated | 90 min | Thriller

Giorgio is a greedy adulterer who makes a deal with a serial killer to dispose of his wealthy wife, Nora. Unfortunately, a thrill-seeking young couple steal the killer's car with Nora's ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Cozzi | Stars: George Hilton, Antoine Saint-John, Femi Benussi, Cristina Galbó

Votes: 899

41. Il sorriso della iena (1972)

85 min | Horror, Thriller

After the death of her mother under strange circumstances, a teenage girl quickly begins to suspect that her recently widowed stepfather may be involved.

Director: Silvio Amadio | Stars: Jenny Tamburi, Silvano Tranquilli, Rosalba Neri, Hiram Keller

Votes: 176

42. Le foto proibite di una signora per bene (1970)

Not Rated | 93 min | Mystery, Thriller

A triangle of friendship, love, sex, and, perhaps, murder. Minou is newly married to Peter, a businessman in debt as he works to bring a new product to market. They met through Dominique, ... See full summary »

Director: Luciano Ercoli | Stars: Dagmar Lassander, Pier Paolo Capponi, Simón Andreu, Osvaldo Genazzani

Votes: 900

43. Paranoia (1969)

X | 91 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

A rich and lonely American widow befriends two young people whose motives become suspect.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Carroll Baker, Lou Castel, Colette Descombes, Tino Carraro

Votes: 473

44. Eyeball (1975)

R | 91 min | Mystery, Thriller

A maniac killer in a red cape and hood is killing off American tourists on a tour bus by gouging out their eyeballs.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Martine Brochard, John Richardson, Ines Pellegrini, Andrés Mejuto

Votes: 862

45. A Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970)

GP | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A bridal design shop owner kills various young brides-to-be in an attempt to unlock a repressed childhood trauma that's causing him to commit murder.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Stephen Forsyth, Dagmar Lassander, Laura Betti, Jesús Puente

Votes: 2,650

46. La coda dello scorpione (1971)

Not Rated | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

The Case of the Scorpion's Tail begins with the mysterious death of a millionaire and spirals into the murder of his suddenly rich wife, which draws the attention of a dogged investigator, who follows a trail of blood to the bitter end.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: George Hilton, Anita Strindberg, Alberto de Mendoza, Ida Galli

Votes: 1,843

47. Opera (1987)

R | 107 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A young opperata is stalked by a deranged fan bent on killing the people associated with her to claim her for himself.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Cristina Marsillach, Ian Charleson, Urbano Barberini, Daria Nicolodi

Votes: 11,309

48. Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972)

Not Rated | 96 min | Thriller

A series of murders are committed near the estate of a degenerate author and his wife.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: Edwige Fenech, Anita Strindberg, Luigi Pistilli, Ivan Rassimov

Votes: 2,175

49. Death Walks at Midnight (1972)

Not Rated | 102 min | Mystery, Thriller

Valentina, a beautiful fashion model, takes an experimental drug as part of a scientific experiment. While influenced by the drug, Valentina has a vision of a young woman being brutally ... See full summary »

Director: Luciano Ercoli | Stars: Nieves Navarro, Simón Andreu, Pietro Martellanza, Carlo Gentili

Votes: 948

50. What Have You Done to Solange? (1972)

R | 107 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

In London, the Italian gym teacher Enrico 'Henry' Rosseni is having a love affair with his eighteen year-old student Elizabeth Seccles, who is the daughter of the owner of the Catholic ... See full summary »

Director: Massimo Dallamano | Stars: Fabio Testi, Cristina Galbó, Karin Baal, Joachim Fuchsberger

Votes: 3,360

51. A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971)

Not Rated | 95 min | Mystery, Thriller