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[Podcast] A Bay of Blood (1971) – Episode 78 – Decades of Horror 1970s

“Diabolical! Fiendish! Savage… You may not walk away from this one!“ The Grue Crew are on a giallo kick, and as everyone knows, there’s always room for giallo. (Groan …) Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Bill Mulligan, and Chad Hunt, along with guest host Chad Lab – as they count the baker’s […]

Decades of Horror 1970s Gruesome Podcasts

[Podcast] Deep Red (1975) – Episode 77 – Decades of Horror 1970s

“I can feel death in this room! I feel a presence, a twisted mind sending me thoughts! Perverted, murderous thoughts… Go away! You have killed! And you will kill again!” Are you talking to me? Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr, along with guest host Chad Lab – […]

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[Podcast] Suspiria (1977) – Episode 58 – Decades of Horror 1970s

“Suzy, do you know anything about … witches?” Suzy Bannion doesn’t know much, but she’s about to find out a lot more, … the hard way! As of the recording of this podcast, it’s just 12 days past the 40th anniversary of the U.S. release of Dario Argento’s Suspiria, a Giallo masterpiece. Doc Rotten is […]

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The Bird With the Crystal Plumage: A Near Perfect Giallo From the Genre’s Golden Age

Noted Italian director Dario Argento’s directorial debut, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (L’uccello Dalle Piume di Cristallo) (1970), is not the first giallo, but it is one of the prime examples of that genre. An American author in Rome witnesses an attempted murder in an art gallery, which may be tied to a serial […]

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“Madhouse” (1981): Unusual Giallo Featuring Death by Rottweiler

Madhouse (1981) is an unusual thriller that is a hybrid of an American slasher and an Italian giallo and which features an unconventional murder weapon — a Rotweiller. A young teacher is frightened for her life when her deformed twin sister, who tormented her as a child, escapes from the local mental institution. Their twenty-fifth birthday […]

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“Francesca” (2015): A Lovingly Crafted Homage to 1970’s Era Giallo

The brothers Luciano and Nicolás Onetti are Argentinian filmmakers and lovers of all things Giallo. Francesca (2015) is their second neo-Giallo film, following on the heels of their freshman effort Deep Sleep (Sonno Profondo) (2013). Two police detectives are investigating a series of gruesome murders inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. Could these killings somehow be […]

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“The Bloodstained Butterfly” (1971): A Fairly Mundane Police Procedural – Courtroom Drama with Just a Touch of Giallo

What makes a giallo a giallo? Does it need to display a minimum requirement of specific tropes to fit the bill or, is it really a matter of how a film feels? Though often classified as a giallo, an argument could be made that director Duccio Tessari’s The Bloodstained Butterfly (1971) has more in common […]