Essential Gialli

The Giallo film is one of my favourite cinematic sub-genres, which is probably why this list ended up so damn long.

There are several different kinds of gialli. While the classical giallo features a serial killer clad in black gloves, hat, and overcoat being hunted by an amateur detective, the poliziotto puts the police investigation front and center in the investigation.
Other gialli tend to focus on more private and interior settings, creating more of a suspense giallo.
Still others, embracing the strong connection between the giallo and the horror film, offer a more supernatural narrative; the giallo-fantastico.

Why do I consider these particular titles 'essential'? Well, it's either because I consider them to be very good, a bit unique, or interesting in some respect when looking at the sub-genre as a whole.

Near-giallo (imo) films that didn't make the list:

- A Bay of Blood
- Autopsy
- Hatchet for the Honeymoon
- The Murder Secret
- Phantom of Death
- Stagefright (Aquarius)
- The Weekend Murders

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  • The Girl Who Knew Too Much
  • Blood and Black Lace
  • Naked You Die
  • Death Laid An Egg
  • One on Top of the Other
  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
  • In the Folds of the Flesh
  • Black Belly of the Tarantula
  • The Case of the Scorpion's Tail
  • The Cat o' Nine Tails
  • Death Walks on High Heels
  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet
  • An Ideal Place to Kill
  • The Night Evelyn Came out of the Grave
  • Short Night of Glass Dolls
  • Slaughter Hotel
  • Blade of the Ripper
  • All the Colors of the Dark
  • The Case of the Bloody Iris
  • Death Walks at Midnight
  • Delirium
  • Don't Torture a Duckling
  • My Dear Killer
  • The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
  • Seven Blood-Stained Orchids
  • So Sweet, So Dead
  • What Have You Done to Solange?
  • Who Saw Her Die?
  • Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key
  • A Lizard in a Woman's Skin
  • Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye
  • Torso
  • The Perfume of the Lady in Black
  • Spasmo
  • What Have They Done to Your Daughters?
  • Deep Red
  • Eyeball
  • The Killer Must Kill Again
  • Strip Nude for Your Killer
  • Footprints on the Moon
  • Suspected Death of a Minor
  • The Psychic
  • Suspiria
  • Watch Me When I Kill
  • The Bloodstained Shadow
  • The Sister of Ursula
  • Giallo in Venice
  • Inferno
  • Delirium
  • The New York Ripper
  • Tenebre
  • A Blade in the Dark
  • Nothing Underneath
  • Opera
  • Eyes of Crystal