• 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • Ipcress

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

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

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  • 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…

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  • Jerry Downing

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

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

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  • Timcop

    ★★★★½ Watched by Timcop 17 Jun, 2014

    Brightened white rooms, huge glass windows, darkened stairwells, black leather gloves, shining razors: it was all here from the beginning as the dude really knows what he likes. The doesn't even have much to with it, or maybe everything to do with it, as we once again have a killer that just barely makes sense. But making sense isn't what you come to Argento for, you come here for the images, the mirrors, the colors, and all that other crazy shit.

    Not to mention: Tarmac Ballet.

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  • SJHoneywell

    ★★★★ Added by SJHoneywell

    Argento goes wild,
    Gives us a mystery and
    Doesn't let it go.

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  • fieldmouse

    ★★★★½ Watched by fieldmouse 08 Jun, 2014

    I find myself beset by visions of the glowing gallery in some vast midnight suspended and breathing so quietly, always on the cusp of nameless crisis again and again -- then the spectral moans in the triangular stairwell -- and the yellow jacket and silenced pistol. Perhaps not as accomplished as his later work, but with too much stunning imagery to rate less highly. Beautiful Morricone score.

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  • 20XX

    ★★½ Watched by 20XX 03 Jun, 2014

    I saw about thirty minutes of this years ago before my copy skipped and I ultimately put it off; that first act not really leaving me too thirsty for more. I might have felt comfortable calling what I saw then generic. Seeing it all the way through this time however, the movie feels formative more than anything else. It comes off a lot like a giallo template with ideas peppered throughout that Argento would revisit and refine later.

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  • Hannah

    ★★★½ Watched by Hannah 25 May, 2014

    I was struck by the killer's effective use of old tools versus the police department's ineffective use of new technology. There are multiple scenes of police scientists explaining a piece of technology and how it will help them find the killer, but none of it matters. Meanwhile, the killer uses knives and blades to kill. Even when trying to kill a witness, the killer uses a meat cleaver to try to chop off the guy's head instead of something more…

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  • Andreas Stoehr

    ★★★½ Watched by Andreas Stoehr 26 May, 2014

    Argento's directorial debut is an epistemological nightmare flecked with traces of Antonioni. Its spine is giallo formula—young women murdered with small knives held by black leather gloves—but its narrative flourishes grow appealingly baroque, piling red herrings up so high that the movie begins to smell like a fish market. The nominal protagonist, an American writer, duly investigates each one, analyzing every shred of evidence but never drawing any closer to the (all but arbitrary) solution. He's like Through the Looking-Glass's…

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