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 Posted:   Nov 25, 2022 - 2:59 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Vestito per Uccidere (1980)

Slick entry, with some location shooting in NYC, at the time
attacked for extreme gore and general misogyny, neither of
which charge holds up too much now- more Hitchcock homage
than usual while picking away at Crystal Plumage leftovers-
Memorable melodrama score (from composer of Non Guardare
Adesso) funkless,no overloud/inappropriate stuff, a couple subtle
“Ooh ooh” refrains though. And the rest…

Respectable 15 points.

Very good smile

Probably Michael Caine’s only appearance in this thread!

 Posted:   Nov 25, 2022 - 4:02 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Bel grido!

 Posted:   Nov 26, 2022 - 9:40 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire (Riccardo Freda using the pseudonym Willy Pareto, 1971)

A disfigured corpse is found in the boot of the Rolls Royce used by the Swiss Ambassador to The Republic of Ireland (Anton Diffring). Ex-police inspector John Norton (Luigi Pistilli), sacked for brutality in hunting down his wife’s murderer and who conveniently rides a Norton motorcycle, is put on the case by the regular Garda, and takes up with the ambassador’s daughter in the course of his investigation. That particular development would be easier to believe had the director succeeded in casting the pre-Bond Roger Moore. Freda seems to have not liked his own film as he took his real name off it, but I found it to be entertaining throughout, as long as you’re not expecting all the loose ends to be tied up.

Funky music - not really, just very loungey, with a very distinctive and repetitive stinger
Twist ending - yes
Witness of murder - not by a character
Striptease - naw
Killer’s POV - yes
Man slaps woman - yes, oh wait, no
Overloud or inappropriate music - no: Stelvio does a good job on it, catchy and distinctive
Outrageous title - yes, another Argento wannabe title with the most tenuous link to the film (and was probably meant to be a chameleon anyway!)
J&B bottle - disappointingly not
Naked woman - yes, a couple of them
Death by stabbing - not stabbing, no
Red herring - absolutely stuffed with them, from characters that appear once and never again, to dialogue that sounds important but isn’t, to camera shots that the director (also editor) left in apparently because he liked them regardless of their lack of significance
Black-gloved killer - yes
Goofy police inspector - no, just pretty useless, both the actual Garda inspector and his less conventional proxy
Important picture - no
Woman takes bath or shower - no, filthy lot
Blackmail - yes
Gay/lesbian character - yes, but not overtly
Important memory - no
Random scene in Italian - no. On this point, I generally prefer to watch gialli in Italian with subtitles, but then you can’t discern this aberration. TG, taking one for the team.
Ooh ooh music - yes, but not too much
Death by Razor - my word, yes
Childhood trauma - there’s a ridiculous child in it briefly, whom some trauma should be all, but alas not
Killer’s footsteps - yes

Bingo score: a moderate 11.

I believe this is the only giallo set in Dublin - Luigi Pistilli with an Irish accent! Tuco’s brother!
There’s a careless bit of production design in the shape of a sign stuck in a flowerbed out front of the alleged police station that reads “Police Headquaters”(sic). The special effects are risible, with low budget effigies taking the acid in the face and razor slashes.

What happened to method acting? big grin

 Posted:   Nov 29, 2022 - 5:13 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

The Weapon, the Hour, the Motive (Francesco Mazzei, 1972)

An intriguing blend of giallo, police procedural and nunspoitation, this film doesn’t have a large body count, but has quite a lot to say about the Catholic Church. A horny (and self-flagellating) priest is murdered in his own church, and the film is subsequently a whodunnit. Inspectorial duties are split between the likeable Commissario Boito (looking like a chubby Steven Gerrard) and the rather buffoonish Morriconi - yes, really!

Funky music - no, De Masi’s score is generally subdued and liturgical
Twist ending - not really
Witness of murder - yes
Striptease - no
Killer’s POV - no
Man slaps woman - no
Overloud or inappropriate music - no
Outrageous title - no (damn it, is this a giallo or not?)
J&B bottle - yes (grazie Dio for that)
Naked woman - yes
Death by stabbing - yes, offscreen and on
Red herring - yes
Black-gloved killer - no
Goofy police inspector - yes, see above
Important picture - no
Woman takes bath or shower - yes, several nuns
Blackmail - yes
Gay/lesbian character - no
Important memory - no
Random scene in Italian - the whole film is in Italian with no English dub, so I have to say no
Ooh ooh music - can’t bring myself to say yes to this although there’s chanting from time to time that could qualify
Death by Razor - no
Childhood trauma - no (nothing deep-seated here, just all out lust
Killer’s footsteps - no

A mere 8 giallo bingo points, but actually an interesting example.

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