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 Posted:   May 7, 2024 - 1:00 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Thanks TG ......will someone pass the whisky. lol

We should definitely break out the J&B for a toast - by my reckoning we’ve just hit the 100 giallo reviews mark.

Saluti!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2024 - 11:47 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Death Carries a Cane (Maurizio Pradeaux, 1977)

Occasionally a giallo comes along that’s so self-conscious of being part of the genre that the tropes are shoved in to the detriment of the plot. It may have been that I was watching this at 6am, but I really wasn’t following developments at all closely. The redheads all looked like each other, the blondes looked like each other (it took a while to realise they were twins) and the finger of guilt was lain heavily on the shoulder of everyone except the police inspector, so of course I thought it was him.

All in all, this one deserves to be in the Forgotten GIalli collection, the first film watched from the newly-arrived Volume 6.

Funky music - no, an uneven Roberto Pregadio score with zero funk that I noticed
Twist ending - yes, you never suspect the identity of the real killer; or at least I didn’t
Witness of murder - yes, through a telescope
Striptease - yes, by a dancer rehearsing a show
Killer’s POV - yes
Man slaps woman - not even a tickle
Overloud or inappropriate music - nope
Outrageous title - yes, don’t anthropomorphise death, matey
J&B bottle - yes
Naked woman - yes
Death by stabbing - yes
Red herring - yes, a fair few
Black-gloved killer - yes
Goofy police inspector - not gonna lie, I’m sorely tempted. More “a bit crap” than goofy.
Important picture - yes
Woman takes bath or shower - no splashy splashy here
Blackmail - one of the few available plot devices that weren’t included
Gay/lesbian character - yes, a totally gratuitous lesbian bed scene
Important memory - nobody seemed to have a memory
Random scene in Italian - watched as usual in Italian
Ooh ooh music - no, would have been welcome
Death by razor - yes
Childhood trauma - only if I’d seen this on release
Killer’s footsteps - yes, unsubtly, given the murderer needed a cane

A respectable 14 giallo bingo points for an unprepossessing film.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2024 - 11:51 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Naked You Die (Antonio Margheriti, 1968)

Aka The Young, the Evil and the Savage, with the director credited as Anthony Dawson.

Originally a Mario Brava project, ending up as a slightly light-hearted murder mystery with a decent twist at the end.

Half a dozen girls have stayed at their posh boarding school during the holidays, along with some of the staff. Only two of the twenty-somethings presenting as seventeen could be described as spunky; Jill, the amateur sleuth and Lucille, who’s in love with the riding instructor.

A mysterious trunk and a new teacher arrive, whereupon Agatha Christie grabs the plot and refuses to let go.

It resolves in a fairly satisfying way with a post-denouement joke that slightly demeans what’s gone before.

Funky music - from the start, a distinctive main title song that’s half Bond, half sixties Batman, take a bow Carlo Savina
Twist ending - very much so, but something right out of the blue
Witness of murder - no, just attempts
Striptease - no
Killer’s POV - yes
Man slaps woman - yes
Overloud or inappropriate music - hmm, yes, some Barry Gray-like flourishes for sure
Outrageous title - yes
J&B bottle - no (in a girls’ school? Really!)
Naked woman - yes
Death by stabbing - yes
Red herring - many and varied
Black-gloved killer - yes
Goofy police inspector - no, quite competent in fact, as you’d expect from Michael Rennie
Important picture - no
Woman takes bath or shower - yes, in curiously brackish water
Blackmail - no
Gay/lesbian character - vaguely hinted at but not overtly enough
Important memory - no
Random scene in Italian - n/a
Ooh ooh music - no
Death by razor - a variety of weapons but not that
Childhood trauma - no
Killer’s footsteps - no

Overall, enjoyable but quite tame in the sex’n’death department.

11 gbps.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2024 - 12:37 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

All Deceased … Except the Dead (Pupi Avati, 1977)

Imagine if a giallo had been made that took several of the House With Laughing Windows cast, put them into a Then There Were None scenario in an ancestral castle and then made it a comedy…. Is it still a giallo?

Fortunately we don’t have to worry about that, because despite heavy-handed attempts to split the viewers’ sides it thoroughly fails to amuse.

Director Pupi Avati describes it as a parody. I could wish Mel Brooks had included the giallo in his portfolio. There would have been a few quotable lines. Maybe I’m being unfair - to a native Italian speaker perhaps All Deceased is hilarious.

Funky music - no, more jazz band
Twist ending - yes, and quite unexpected
Witness of murder - no (plenty of murders, however)
Striptease - god no
Killer’s POV - not that I recall
Man slaps woman - no
Overloud or inappropriate music - no, it’s appropriately annoying
Outrageous title - yes
J&B bottle - yes
Naked woman - no
Death by stabbing - yes
Red herring - a few
Black-gloved killer - yes
Goofy police inspector - one of the main characters is a private detective who would qualify exactly for this, but he’s not the fuzz
Important picture - no
Woman takes bath or shower - yes
Blackmail - no
Gay/lesbian character - some suspicions but not obvious
Important memory - no
Random scene in Italian - watched in Italian
Ooh ooh music - no
Death by razor - some very inventive (and ridiculous) methods but not this
Childhood trauma - no
Killer’s footsteps - yes

I’m glad I didn’t pay a lot for this, but equally glad that I’ve experienced a giallo played (deliberately) for laughs. It’s not entirely successful.

Eight bingo points.

 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2024 - 3:09 AM   
 By:   Grimsdyke   (Member)

Death Carries a Cane (Maurizio Pradeaux, 1977)

Hi TG, thank you for another round of Giallo Bingo. Always fun to read big grin

Interestingly, I always loved DEATH CARRIES A CANE since I saw it on German dubbed VHS sometime
in the 80s.
Don't know really why but the final in the greenhouse always gets me. Even today with the Austrian
Blu-Ray which features the wonderful German dub.

Horst Naumann, who dubbed the Inspector, passed away a few months ago at the age of 98 !!
He was quite active until his death on stage and audio dramas, etc.
Amazing !!

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0622612/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0_tt_1_nm_7_in_0_q_horst%2520naumann

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2024 - 10:11 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Thanks, Grimsdyke - always a pleasure to add more to the thread.

As a tip of the hat to you, I’ll make it my next viewing, to see if it has more charm than I gave it credit for the second time around. It has a commentary track involving Troy Howarth - I may experience it that way.

 
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