::HOLLYWOOD GIALLO (+ ITS OTHERS)::

by Schwenkstar | created - 15 Aug 2016 | updated - 20 May 2018 | Public

THE GIST OF THE LIST: Several mainstream productions that have either directly influenced or were themselves heavily influenced by Italian "giallo" films. Typically these are earmarked with a serial killer with an unknown identity, an overabundance of red herrings, lengthy scenes of stalking, copious amount of blood, physcho-sexual overtones, repressed memories, insanity, madness, and a dream logic that defies common sense.

These types of films are typically found in serial-killer-thrillers, slasher flicks, erotic thrillers, and psychological thrillers.

[LISTED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER]

SEE ALSO: ITALIAN GIALLO (+ ITS OTHERS)

OTHER LISTS:

CAMMANDO (MEN-ON-A-MISSION) THRILLERS CON THRILLERS COURTROOM THRILLERS CULT EUROPEAN SUPERHERO MOVIES DARK COMEDIES WITH PESKY CORPSES, BOTCHED KIDNAPPINGS, MURDEROUS BLUNDERS & ACCIDENTAL DEATHS DEALS WITH THE DEVIL DINNER PARTIES FROM HELL DON'T PERFORM THE AUTOPSY! I'M NOT DEAD! GOTHIC HORROR HEIST THRILLERS HEROIC BLOODSHED + BULLET BALLET + GUN-FU HOLLYWOOD GIALLO (+ ITS OTHERS) INNOCENT FUGITIVE ON-THE-RUN THRILLERS ITALIAN GIALLO (+ ITS OTHERS) LOCKED ROOM MYSTERIES + IMPOSSIBLE CRIMES LO-FI SCI-FI ONE ROOM THRILLERS PARALLEL UNIVERSES, ALTERNATE REALITIES, FEVERISH DREAMS POLICE PROCEDURALS PRISON ESCAPE THRILLERS RURAL-COUNTRY THRILLERS THEOLOGICAL FILMS THRILLING SHORT FILMS THRILLING TV EPISODES THRILLING TV MOVIES UNKNOWN + UNAVAILABLE THRILLERS VANISHED PERSON THRILLERS

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1. Spellbound (1945)

Approved | 111 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance

79 Metascore

A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 46,680 | Gross: $7.00M

NOTES: The razor blade, the repressed memories, the amnesia, the mistaken identities, the Freudian subtext, the surreal dream sequences, the fixation on eyes, and the hooded figure all prefigure "giallo" films.

MY RATING: 9.5

2. The Spiral Staircase (1946)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

In 1916, a shadowy serial killer is targeting women with "afflictions"; one night during a thunderstorm, the mute Helen feels menaced.

Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, Kent Smith

Votes: 9,592

NOTES: The haunting "eye", the black-gloved killer, targeted killings, red herrings, multiple suspects, and psychological trauma all foreshadow the "giallo" films.

MY RATING: 8.5

3. 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)

Approved | 103 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A blind American writer living in London stumbles upon a criminal conspiracy involving kidnapping and extortion.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Van Johnson, Vera Miles, Cecil Parker, Patricia Laffan

Votes: 2,082

NOTES: Pulls the same trick Argento uses frequently in his films: a character sees/hears something but misinterprets it, misleading the character as well as the audience.

MY RATING: 6.5

4. Midnight Lace (1960)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

60 Metascore

In London, a recently wed American woman's sanity comes into question after she claims to be the victim of a threatening stalker.

Director: David Miller | Stars: Doris Day, Rex Harrison, John Gavin, Myrna Loy

Votes: 5,086 | Gross: $7.40M

NOTES: Stalker disguises his voice in a creepy manner to hide his identity, a multitude of red herrings keep you guessing, and a shock reveal.

MY RATING: 7

5. Peeping Tom (1960)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror.

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Karlheinz Böhm, Anna Massey, Moira Shearer, Maxine Audley

Votes: 33,297 | Gross: $0.08M

MY RATING: 9.5

6. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 629,781 | Gross: $32.00M

NOTES: The stylish murder sequences, the knife, the violence, and the insanity of the killer all influenced future "giallo" films.

MY RATING: 9.5

7. The Secret Partner (1961)

91 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A wealthy London-based shipping magnate is blackmailed by an evil dentist which threatens to reveal an old case of fraud, while the dentist himself is threaten by a mysterious masked man.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Stewart Granger, Bernard Lee, Haya Harareet, Hugh Burden

Votes: 646

NOTES: A masked villain, black gloves, disguised voice, red herrings to keep you from guessing the villain's identity, and the shock reveal.

MY RATING: 7

8. Experiment in Terror (1962)

Not Rated | 123 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

69 Metascore

A man with an asthmatic voice telephones and assaults clerk Kelly Sherwood at home and coerces her into helping him steal a large sum from her bank.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Glenn Ford, Lee Remick, Stefanie Powers, Roy Poole

Votes: 5,016

MY RATING: 7.5

9. The Indian Scarf (1963)

93 min | Drama, Crime

When a wealthy man dies, his avaricious relatives look forward to inheriting all his money. However, he leaves a provision in his will that they all must spend a week together in his castle... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Vohrer | Stars: Heinz Drache, Corny Collins, Klaus Kinski, Gisela Uhlen

Votes: 963

NOTES: One of the better Krimi films featuring such soon-to-be iconic Giallo motifs as black gloves, a killer POV, multiple suspects, red herrings, and a creepy mansion.

MY RATING: 6.5

10. Old Maids (1966)

104 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Bettina Eriksen, manager of her Uncle Teodor's nursing home, is being framed for murder. With the help of 2 older ladies, Bettina sets out to find out the murderer's identity and motive.

Director: Sven Methling | Stars: Helle Virkner, Maria Garland, Else-Marie, Tove Maës

Votes: 77

NOTES: A haunting eye, a black-gloved killer, disguised voice, an insane asylum, red herrings - this one seems inspired by Krimi films but refined the elements.

MY RATING: 7.5

11. No Way to Treat a Lady (1968)

Unrated | 108 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A crafty serial killer plays a game of cat-and-mouse with a harried police detective trying to track him down.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Rod Steiger, Lee Remick, George Segal, Eileen Heckart

Votes: 2,212

MY RATING: 7

12. And Soon the Darkness (1970)

GP | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Two young English women go on a cycling tour of the French countryside. When one of them goes missing, the other begins to search for her. But who can she trust?

Director: Robert Fuest | Stars: Pamela Franklin, Michele Dotrice, Sandor Elès, John Nettleton

Votes: 3,261

MY RATING: 7.5

13. See No Evil (1971)

GP | 89 min | Mystery, Thriller

A young blind woman is pursued by a maniac while staying with family in their country manor.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Mia Farrow, Dorothy Alison, Robin Bailey, Diane Grayson

Votes: 3,121 | Gross: $1.32M

MY RATING: 6.5

14. Home for the Holidays (1972 TV Movie)

73 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

An ailing man summons his four daughters home for Christmas and asks them to kill his new wife, who he suspects is poisoning him.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Sally Field, Jill Haworth, Julie Harris, Eleanor Parker

Votes: 1,020

MY RATING: 5

15. A Reflection of Fear (1972)

PG | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A disturbed young girl starts believing that there is something very sinister at work after her estranged father visits her at her mother and grandmother's house with the woman he plans to marry.

Director: William A. Fraker | Stars: Robert Shaw, Sally Kellerman, Mary Ure, Sondra Locke

Votes: 608

MY RATING: 4.5

16. Sisters (1972)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A small-time reporter tries to convince the police she saw a murder in the apartment across from hers.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt, Charles Durning, William Finley

Votes: 16,994 | Gross: $0.35M

MY RATING: 8

17. Black Christmas (1974)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon

Votes: 36,527 | Gross: $4.05M

MY RATING: 8

18. Symptoms (1974)

R | 92 min | Horror

A young woman is invited by her girlfriend, who lives in an English country mansion, to stay there with her. The estate, however, isn't quite what it seems--and neither is the friend who issued the invitation.

Director: José Ramón Larraz | Stars: Angela Pleasence, Peter Vaughan, Lorna Heilbron, Nancy Nevinson

Votes: 1,306

MY RATING: 6

19. Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

67 Metascore

In 1961, a divorced Catholic couple's life is turned upside down when one of their two adolescent daughters is suspected of her younger sister's brutal murder during her First Holy Communion, and a series of subsequent stabbings.

Director: Alfred Sole | Stars: Linda Miller, Mildred Clinton, Paula E. Sheppard, Niles McMaster

Votes: 10,568

MY RATING: 7

20. Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

R | 104 min | Mystery, Thriller

49 Metascore

A famous fashion photographer develops a disturbing ability to see through the eyes of a killer.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif, Rene Auberjonois

Votes: 9,712 | Gross: $20.00M

MY RATING: 5.5

21. Someone's Watching Me! (1978 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A woman is being watched in her apartment by a stranger, who also calls and torments her. A cat-and-mouse game begins.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Lauren Hutton, David Birney, Adrienne Barbeau, Charles Cyphers

Votes: 4,041

MY RATING: 5.5

22. Dressed to Kill (1980)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

74 Metascore

A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon

Votes: 38,830 | Gross: $31.90M

NOTES: The murder within the elevator is a direct homage to another murder within an elevator from the film The Case of the Bloody Iris.

MY RATING: 7.5

23. No Place to Hide (1981 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Amy is the Mannings only daughter. After the death of her rich father, she lives together with her stepmother. Recently she sees a man in black following her, waiting for her in her car, ... See full summary »

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Mariette Hartley, Kathleen Beller, Arlen Dean Snyder, Gary Graham

Votes: 323

MY RATING: 5

24. Corpse Mania (1981)

81 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A necrophiliac killer is murdering the prostitutes at Madame Lan's brothel.

Director: Chih-Hung Kuei | Stars: Ni Tien, Jung Wang, Tsui-Ling Yu, Siu-Kwan Lau

Votes: 345

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

25. Eyes of a Stranger (1981)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

A reporter suspects a creepy neighbor, who lives in the high-rise building across from hers, is a serial killer terrorizing the Miami area.

Director: Ken Wiederhorn | Stars: Lauren Tewes, Jennifer Jason Leigh, John DiSanti, Peter DuPre

Votes: 2,560 | Gross: $1.12M

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

26. Road Games (1981)

PG | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

71 Metascore

A laid-back American truck driver in south Australia starts to suspect a man driving a green van of killing young women along his route, and proceeds to play a cat-and-mouse game in order to catch him red-handed.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: Stacy Keach, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marion Edward, Grant Page

Votes: 5,966

MY RATING: 7

27. Hotline (1982 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A beautiful telephone operator is stalked by a murderous madman.

Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Lynda Carter, Steve Forrest, Granville Van Dusen, Monte Markham

Votes: 284

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

28. Still of the Night (1982)

PG | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

43 Metascore

A Manhattan psychiatrist probes a patient's murder and falls for the victim's mysterious mistress.

Director: Robert Benton | Stars: Roy Scheider, Meryl Streep, Jessica Tandy, Joe Grifasi

Votes: 4,592 | Gross: $5.98M

MY RATING: 6.5

29. The 4th Man (1983)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A man who has been having visions of an impending danger begins an affair with a woman who may lead him to his doom.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Jeroen Krabbé, Renée Soutendijk, Thom Hoffman, Dolf de Vries

Votes: 7,484

MY RATING: 7

30. Psycho II (1983)

R | 113 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

54 Metascore

After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude, but the specters of his crimes - and his mother - continue to haunt him.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia

Votes: 25,767 | Gross: $34.73M

MY RATING: 5.5

31. Body Double (1984)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

69 Metascore

A young actor's obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, Gregg Henry, Deborah Shelton

Votes: 31,393 | Gross: $8.80M

MY RATING: 6

32. Tightrope (1984)

R | 114 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

New Orleans single dad and cop Wes Block (Clint Eastwood) goes after a serial rapist-killer, but when he gets too close to the target, the hunter suddenly becomes the hunted.

Directors: Richard Tuggle, Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Geneviève Bujold, Dan Hedaya, Alison Eastwood

Votes: 16,921 | Gross: $48.14M

MY RATING: 5

33. Blackout (1985)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A police officer suspects that a local husband and father who has recently undergone facial surgery because of injuries received in a car accident is in reality the same man who committed a... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Hickox | Stars: Keith Carradine, Kathleen Quinlan, Richard Widmark, Michael Beck

Votes: 914

MY RATING: 5.5

34. White of the Eye (1987)

R | 110 min | Horror, Thriller

In a wealthy and isolated desert community, a sound expert is targeted as the prime suspect of a series of brutal murders of local suburban housewives who were attacked and mutilated in ... See full summary »

Director: Donald Cammell | Stars: David Keith, Cathy Moriarty, Alan Rosenberg, Art Evans

Votes: 2,304 | Gross: $0.23M

NOTES: In my opinion, this is the best of the "giallo" imitators.

MY RATING: 8.5

35. Jack's Back (1988)

R | 97 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A serial killer in Los Angeles celebrates Jack the Ripper's 100th birthday by committing similar murders and only one has a chance of stopping him.

Director: Rowdy Herrington | Stars: James Spader, Cynthia Gibb, Jim Haynie, Robert Picardo

Votes: 3,228 | Gross: $0.49M

MY RATING: 6.5

36. Sea of Love (1989)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

66 Metascore

A detective investigating a series of murders becomes involved with a woman who may be the culprit.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman, Michael Rooker

Votes: 39,508 | Gross: $58.57M

MY RATING: 7.5

37. Scissors (1991)

R | 105 min | Horror, Thriller

A woman trying to recover from a sexual attack is locked in a posh apartment with a corpse of the very man she's been dreaming would murder her. She tries to hang on to reality when objects around her seem to come to life.

Director: Frank De Felitta | Stars: Sharon Stone, Steve Railsback, Ronny Cox, Michelle Phillips

Votes: 2,809 | Gross: $0.00M

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

38. Shattered (1991)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After a horrific car wreck leaves him an amnesiac, a man slowly begins to unravel his shocking past.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Tom Berenger, Bob Hoskins, Greta Scacchi, Joanne Whalley

Votes: 9,218 | Gross: $11.51M

MY RATING: 7.5

39. Basic Instinct (1992)

R | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

41 Metascore

A violent police detective investigates a brutal murder that might involve a manipulative and seductive novelist.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Votes: 188,726 | Gross: $117.73M

MY RATING: 6

40. In the Deep Woods (1992 TV Movie)

95 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A woman fears that the private detective she's been conversing with may be the killer who murdered her beloved friend and dumped her corpse in the forest.

Director: Charles Correll | Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Anthony Perkins, Will Patton, D.W. Moffett

Votes: 632

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

41. Jennifer 8 (1992)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

48 Metascore

John Berlin, a big-city cop from Los Angeles, moves to a small-town police force and immediately finds himself investigating a murder. Using theories rejected by his colleagues John meets a... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Robinson | Stars: Andy Garcia, Uma Thurman, Lance Henriksen, Graham Beckel

Votes: 16,324 | Gross: $11.39M

MY RATING: 5.5

42. Knight Moves (1992)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

During a chess tournament, grand master Peter is suspected of murdering Debi after sex. He helps the police as the murders continue.

Director: Carl Schenkel | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Tom Skerritt, Codie Lucas Wilbee, Joshua Murray

Votes: 8,330 | Gross: $0.92M

MY RATING: 6

43. Mortal Sins (1992 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 93 min | Thriller

A serial killer confesses to a priest, who becomes a suspect and a sleuth because he cannot tell the police.

Director: Bradford May | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Roxann Dawson, Francis Guinan, Weston McMillan

Votes: 225

MY RATING: NOT VIEWED

44. Raising Cain (1992)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

42 Metascore

The oncologist wife of a prominent child psychologist suspects her husband has an unhealthy scientific obsession with their child, unaware of what - or who - is really going on inside his head.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Steven Bauer, Frances Sternhagen

Votes: 15,177 | Gross: $21.37M

MY RATING: 5.5

45. Whispers in the Dark (1992)

R | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Eve tells her shrink, Ann, about kinky sex with a man. Ann learns that it's the same man, she's been seeing lately. Eve finds out and explodes. A murder follows.

Director: Christopher Crowe | Stars: Annabella Sciorra, Jamey Sheridan, Alan Alda, Anthony LaPaglia

Votes: 2,168 | Gross: $11.12M

MY RATING: 5.5

46. Blink (1993)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.2