October: Giallo Galore

The best month of the year is upon us once again. This October, we’re watching four classic gialli–Italian thriller-slasher films. The name giallo stems from the color (yellow) of the pulp crime novels that are the predecessors of the film genre. (Much like the film noir gets its name from the black covers of French crime novels.)

Want to read more about gialli? Check out these posts over at Paracinema.

October 7: Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972) — One thing you learn really quickly when watching gialli is how unusual and seemingly irrelevant some of the titles appear to be…at any rate, I can’t say anything interesting about this movie without giving away the ending, so I won’t. One of Lucio Fulci’s more interesting entries in the genre.

October 14: Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970) — Mario Bava directs your standard “Ten Little Indians” story about a group of people on an island vacation who get picked off one by one by an unknown killer.

October 21: NO POTLUCK. We’re going to see The Mob (UK) at the Metro.

October 28: The House with Laughing Windows (1976)—Stefano arrives in a rural Italian village to restore a fresco of the slaughter of Saint Sebastian which is painted on a rotting church wall. While living temporarily in a house previously owned by the two sisters of the long-dead artist, he hears from various townspeople that the painter was a madman who created his art from real life. The artist, assisted by his two equally insane sisters, had viciously tortured people to death as inspiration for his horrific paintings. Some of the villagers are brutally killed and Stefano comes to believe that the murderer is trying to stop him from learning even more of the village’s depraved secrets.