June 21, 2009

Episode 10: Giallo! Giallo! Giallo!

Staying focused on Italy for the second week in a row, last Friday Danse Macabre featured the beautiful sounds of giallo's greatest masters, Ennio Morricone and Goblin. We also gave the most basic lesson in the Italian language, "Non mangi la neve gialla!" which at the time seemed both appropriate and funny. Seriously, though, giallo movies deserve all the attention they have been given in the States for the last couple of years, as well as the wave of remakes that will surely follow soon. That we devoted a whole show discussing the classics of this peculiar sub-genre is only natural.

An original giallo pulp, the kind of which
provided the basis for the whole subgenre.

By the way, check out the following couple of sites for some very interesting giallo-related stuff:
This is one of my favorite Giallo Kit creations:

A Doll's Head in an Empty Grave
Directed by
Pupi Duppi

A man, on his way to an urgent appointment, disappears, and is subsequently found dead in a river. A visiting English spiritualist finds a letter that contains some unknown details about the mystery. Despite several false leads, the hunted becomes the hunter as she decides to make the real criminal pay!

That fake name - Pupi Duppi - is actually a reference to director Pupi Avati whose The House with Laughing Windows (1976) is one of the obscure gems of 1970s cinema.

To download the whole show, CLICK HERE. To stream the show, CLICK HERE. Whatever you do, always be careful around people with black gloves!

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