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  • Deep Red

    Deep Red

    ★★★★

    ... Maybe watching two successive Argento Giallo back to back wasn't the best of decisions, either way, I have now ticked one of the big dogs of my horror list of shame.

    Doing a bit of reading around Profondo Rosso, I found out that there is two different edits - the English Cut and the Italian One. The Italian one runs for a mammoth 2 hours 4 minutes in a style whose hot zone is somewhere in the 90 to…

  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet

    Four Flies on Grey Velvet

    ★★★★

    Be it Martino, Bava, Fulci, Avati, Margheriti, Lenzi or Argento, after you've seen a certain number of Giallo a uniformity starts to set in - as you would expect with any movement that adheres to a strict formal style. So, each new titles interest, for me, doesn't come from the kills or the plot, it comes from the ways in which each respective title strives to be unique. Some hit that benchmark, some don't. Four Flies on Grey Velvet does…

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  • It Follows

    It Follows

    ★★★★½

    A pseudo-slasher that takes an incredibly simple premise and gets a great deal of mileage out of it thanks to a knowledgeable and witty script drenched in the meta. The film cranks up the atmosphere and tension beautifully making the eventual emergence of just some guy or girl (sometimes in a state of undress) gloriously creepy. This finely tuned atmosphere and anticipation is worth a million jump scare predicated horror bores. All of this is topped up with flowing cinematography and brooding score by Disasterpeace. That score - well, they are clearly just showing off, aren't they?

  • Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key

    Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key

    ★★★★

    Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key. That title is amazing and this is pretty much a case of instantly becoming a fan of its director, Sergio Martino. The score by Bruno Nicolai is chock full of harpsichord gold, and its cinematography is as gorgeous as any other golden era Giallo, of which, there is one shot that knocked my socks clean off. Someone is killed on a staircase and as she is being dragged…