• Cinemole

    ★★★★ Watched by Cinemole 09 Aug, 2014

    Enjoyed this enormously. Fans of terrible Italian dubbing will also have a blast


  • Pandamonium

    ★★★★½ Added by Pandamonium

    A recent discussion on the giallo genre opened, as it turns out, my eyes to a new world of cinema. Before, I discounted it as exploitation horror, but due to some positive comments on giallos I decided to give one a try and I'm glad I did. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is a nearly perfect film and a very impressive debut for famed director Dario Argento. Apparently, it is one of his more plot-heavy films, which is impressive…


  • Ryan H.

    ★★★ Watched by Ryan H. 02 Sep, 2013

    All in all, it's a fine debut. Not as provocative or viscerally unnerving as many of the Argento films to follow, but Argento's style is nevertheless fully present. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is lush and vibrant if not particularly fluid. In its best moments, it twists its thriller plot into something that is altogether more ethereal and abstract than Hitchcock and less cheeky than De Palma.

    Incidentally, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is the only Argento film…


  • trolleyfreak

    ★★★★ Watched by trolleyfreak 10 Aug, 2014

    Argento's directorial debut came just a couple of years after he impressed with his work alongside Bertolucci on the script of Leone's Once Upon A Time In The West. It's a particularly Italianate spin on the Hitchcockian thriller and also has echoes of Powell's Peeping Tom from a decade earlier. Morricone's score and Storaro's excellent 'Scope cinematography also impress in a tightly constructed thriller which sustains tension all the way through to the surprise ending..


  • KerryMaxwell

    ★★★★ Watched by KerryMaxwell 01 Aug, 2014

    Day One of Argento in August

    Saving most of it's batshit-insane dream-like weirdness for the finalé, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage seems a more straightforward murder thriller for much of it's running time. Of course it wouldn't be giallo if it wasn't convoluted, implausible, and heavily stylized.

    As a fan of the early 70's TV show Toma, Tony Musante brought a likeability to the lead role that helped keep me engaged with the preposterous plot, and the lack of gore, and scenes of overt humor made this an enjoyable example of the giallo genre.


  • kongo77

    ★★★★ Added by kongo77

    Izgubljena karika između Hitchcocka i De Palme.


  • Amanda Hamilton

    ★★ Watched by Amanda Hamilton 13 Jul, 2014

    I think there may be something to my giallo theory: that they take this is detached approach to the horror so that its more of a voyeurism mind game than putting the viewer in place of the victim. At this point, I'm just getting through this backlog on my Watchlist. Surely there has to be ONE giallo movie that doesn't leave me cold besides "Phemonena", right? (a little Jennifer Connelly goes a long way)

    There's not really much to say…


  • QED

    ★★★★ Watched by QED 14 Jul, 2014

    Directed by Dario Argento this film based on the novel “The Screaming Mimi” stars Tony Mustante and Suzy Kendall. A down on his luck American writer in Rome gets embroiled in the the hunt for a serial killer.

    When it comes to the plot this is a fairly average story that does not have a huge amount of thematic depth really. Where this film really shines is in the direction that is both tense and captures violence in a way…


  • Adam Westwood

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Adam Westwood 11 Jul, 2014

    Argento's first film, despite being made in 1969 'Bird with the Crystal Plumage' feels incredibly modern especially compared to other films shot around this time. While not inventing the genre Argento popularized Giallo on an international level with this film and it's clear to see why. A stylish and slick thriller with great pacing, fantastic visual identity and a killer soundtrack from Ennio Morricone all pull together to form a thriller that elevates itself above others. While Argento hasn't fully…


  • Ipcress

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Ipcress 18 Jun, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.


  • Matt Lavender

    ★★★½ Watched by Matt Lavender 26 Jun, 2014

    So I have to be in the right mood to watch Argento movies or old Italian horror in general, except maybe for Suspiria which almost feels like a real movie. I woke up from a nap today in the right mood so thought sure, why the fuck not. What a fascinating anecdote that was.
    Black gloves in the first fucking frame, some creepy fucker taking covert shots of a girl trying to mind her own business, a bunch of knives…


  • Jerry Downing

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Jerry Downing 21 Jun, 2014

    Dario Argento's first movie and it's a great one.