Gregor's Grindhouse Top 50: Italian Giallo

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1. Deep Red (1975)

R | 127 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

89 Metascore

A jazz pianist and a wisecracking journalist are pulled into a complex web of mystery after the former witnesses the brutal murder of a psychic.

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

Votes: 27,906

Deep Red

2. Blood and Black Lace (1964)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A masked, shadowy killer brutally murders the models of a scandalous fashion house in Rome.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok, Thomas Reiner, Arianna Gorini

Votes: 7,525

Blood And Black Lace

3. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

GP | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An American writer and his English girlfriend are stalked by a serial killer terrorizing Rome after the former witnesses a murder attempt on a woman's life.

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

Votes: 15,811

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

4. The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971)

Not Rated | 95 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, Janine Reynaud

Votes: 2,227

The Case of the Scorpion's Tail

5. Tenebrae (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: 18,280

6. The Strange Vice of Mrs. 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: 3,238

The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh

7. 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: 12,927

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

Not Rated | 95 min | Mystery, Thriller

The potentially unhinged daughter of a British politician is accused of killing her hedonistic neighbor after she witnesses the murder in a dream.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Florinda Bolkan, Jean Sorel, Stanley Baker, Silvia Monti

Votes: 3,784

Lizard in a Woman's Skin

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

Not Rated | 97 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: 2,623

Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key

10. 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: 8,325

The New York Ripper

11. Evil Eye (1963)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

A mystery novel-loving American tourist witnesses a murder in Rome, and soon finds herself and her suitor caught up in a series of killings.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: John Saxon, Letícia Román, Valentina Cortese, Titti Tomaino

Votes: 3,385

The Girl Who Knew Too Much

12. 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: 4,889

Torso

13. All the Colors of the Dark (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: 2,579

All the Colors of the Dark

14. Short Night of Glass Dolls (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: 2,332

Short Night of the Glass Dolls

15. 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: 1,352

16. Death Walks on High Heels (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: 1,257

Death Walks On High Heels

17. 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 rife with superstition and a distrust of outsiders.

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

Votes: 7,011

Don't Torture a Duckling

18. The Possessed (1965)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A visitor arrives in a small Italian village looking for a woman. Residents tell him that she committed suicide but there's more to the mystery than they're letting on. Meanwhile, a strange woman walks by the lake.

Directors: Luigi Bazzoni, Franco Rossellini | Stars: Peter Baldwin, Salvo Randone, Valentina Cortese, Pia Lindström

Votes: 514

The Possessed

19. Footprints on the Moon (1975)

Not Rated | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

A woman is tormented by strange dreams of astronauts on the moon. She visits a deserted seaside town whose inhabitants know her even though she does not know them.

Directors: Luigi Bazzoni, Mario Fanelli | Stars: Florinda Bolkan, Peter McEnery, Nicoletta Elmi, Caterina Boratto

Votes: 1,405

Footprints On the Moon

20. One on Top of the Other (1969)

R | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller

An unscrupulous doctor is accused of murdering his asthmatic wife as part of an insurance scam, despite her apparent reemergence as a high-class stripper.

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

Votes: 1,573

Perversion Story

21. 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, who is the niece of the owner of the Catholic school where he... See full summary »

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

Votes: 3,855

What Have You Done To Solange?

22. 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: 3,542

The Psychic

23. The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972)

PG | 99 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

When two sisters inherit their family castle, a string of murders committed by a mysterious dark haired woman in a red cloak decimates their circle of friends. Is the killer their ancestor,... See full summary »

Director: Emilio Miraglia | Stars: Barbara Bouchet, Ugo Pagliai, Marina Malfatti, Marino Masé

Votes: 1,712

The Red Queen Kills Seven Times

24. Seven Blood-Stained Orchids (1972)

Unrated | 92 min | Mystery, Thriller

A woman, a survivor of a failed murder attempt by a person dubbed "The Half-Moon Killer" by the police, and her husband must find the connecting thread between herself, six other women, and... See full summary »

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Antonio Sabato, Uschi Glas, Pier Paolo Capponi, Rossella Falk

Votes: 1,643

Seven Blood Stained Orchids

25. Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)

PG | 104 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A musician is stalked and blackmailed by an unknown killer for the accidental killing of another stalker.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Michael Brandon, Mimsy Farmer, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Aldo Bufi Landi

Votes: 6,301

Four Flies on Grey Velvet

26. Amuck (1972)

R | 98 min | Mystery, Thriller

A writer's secretary tries to find her missing friend and uncovers a murder plot.

Director: Silvio Amadio | Stars: Farley Granger, Barbara Bouchet, Rosalba Neri, Nino Segurini

Votes: 746

Amuck

27. The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972)

Not Rated | 94 min | Mystery, Thriller

Having recently escaped the clutches of a hippie sex cult, a beautiful model is pursued by a serial killer whose previous victims include former occupants of her new apartment.

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

Votes: 1,886

Why Are Those Strange Drops of Blood on the Body of Jennifer aka. The Case of the Bloody Iris

28. 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: 2,385

Black Belly of the Tarantula

29. A Quiet Place to Kill (I) (1970)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A race-car driver whose life, both personal and professional, is in a rapid downfall is invited by her ex-husband's new wife to stay at their plush estate. The two women form a bond, and ... See full summary »

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Carroll Baker, Jean Sorel, Luis Dávila, Alberto Dalbés

Votes: 474

30. Murder Syndrome (1981)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror, Mystery

Michael is a successful actor, but he has a scandal in his past: at a tender age he knifed his father to death. He and his girlfriend Deborah go to his mother's for the weekend, and are ... See full summary »

Director: Riccardo Freda | Stars: Stefano Patrizi, Martine Brochard, Henri Garcin, Laura Gemser

Votes: 524

31. Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970)

Not Rated | 82 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: 2,372

5 Dolls for an August Moon

32. 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: 5,914

Sleepless

33. Delirium (1987)

Unrated | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A former hooker runs a successful men's magazine. An obsessed admirer systematically slaughters her models (occasionally increasing the magazine's output) and supplies the mistress with ... See full summary »

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: Serena Grandi, Daria Nicolodi, Vanni Corbellini, David Brandon

Votes: 1,332

Delirium

34. 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: 8,553

The Cat o' Nine Tails

35. Cold Blooded Beast (1971)

89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A masked killer stalks an institution for mentally disturbed rich women.

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Margaret Lee, Rosalba Neri, Jane Garret

Votes: 1,222

Cold Blooded Beast

36. 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: 1,127

Eyeball

37. 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: 1,825

Strip Nude For Your Killer

38. The Fifth Cord (1971)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, 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: 1,376

The Fifth Cord

39. A Blade in the Dark (1983)

Unrated | 108 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A killer stalks a composer staying at a posh Tuscany villa while writing the score to a horror film which has an incriminating clue to the killer's identity.

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: Andrea Occhipinti, Anny Papa, Fabiola Toledo, Michele Soavi

Votes: 2,642

A Blade In The Dark

40. 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: 1,138

Death Walks At Midnight

41. The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971)

R | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A wealthy pervert lures beautiful young women to his castle so he can have his way with them.

Director: Emilio Miraglia | Stars: Anthony Steffen, Marina Malfatti, Enzo Tarascio, Giacomo Rossi Stuart

Votes: 1,865

The Night Evelyn Came Out Of The Grave

42. The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (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: 1,108

Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion

43. The Bloodstained Butterfly (1971)

Not Rated | 99 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, Evelyn Stewart, Silvano Tranquilli

Votes: 1,033

The Bloodstained Butterfly

44. The Perfume of the Lady in Black (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: 1,907

The Perfume of the Lady in Black

45. The Killer Reserved Nine Seats (1974)

99 min | Mystery, Thriller, Horror

Patrick Davenant invites a group of friends to visit a theater inside his villa, a place which later reveals itself as sinister. Within a short time, the guests realize that they are ... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe Bennati | Stars: Rosanna Schiaffino, Chris Avram, Eva Czemerys, Lucretia Love

Votes: 500

The Killer Reserved Nine Seats

46. Giallo a Venezia (1979)

91 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

In Venice a detective is on the trail of a killer who commits a double murder (a married couple) then more grisly killings occur. Sex, drugs, gore and perversions are ingredients of this sadistic and sleazy giallo.

Director: Mario Landi | Stars: Leonora Fani, Jeff Blynn, Gianni Dei, Michele Renzullo

Votes: 676

Giallo in Venice

47. Murder-Rock: Dancing Death (1984)

R | 93 min | Mystery, Thriller

The owner of a prestigious New York ballet school teams up with a male model to solve a series of bizarre murders of a few of the students.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Olga Karlatos, Ray Lovelock, Claudio Cassinelli, Cosimo Cinieri

Votes: 1,257

48. Eyes of Crystal (2004)

107 min | Mystery, Thriller

While hunting a cultured, intelligent and vicious psychopath, Inspector Amaldi comes face to face with the physical and moral decay of his city as well as the ghosts of his own past.

Director: Eros Puglielli | Stars: Luigi Lo Cascio, Lucía Jiménez, José Ángel Egido, Simón Andreu

Votes: 940

Eyes Of Crystal