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Lucio Fulci

Gore Monger: How Lucio Fulci Helped Redefine Italian Horror

To some degree Italian horror used to dictate the landscape of American horror. The Giallo films of yesteryear, for example, paved the way for the American slasher film. Directors like Dario Argento w...

Argento's Deep Red

How Argento’s Deep Red Influenced Surrealist Cinema

Suspiria will probably always be remembered as Dario Argento’s best. But even still, it’s remembered as the best in a very impressive career, especially in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s. During those two decade...

Tenebrae

Tenebrae Explores a Writer’s Greatest Fear

Dario Argento is one of the all-time masters of horror. No matter how much the quality of work has fallen in recent years, when he was in his prime he was nigh unbeatable. While Suspiria and Deep Red ...

Opera

How Dario Argento’s Opera Explores the Dark Side of Showbusiness

Opera is Dario Argento’s modern update on The Phantom of the Opera. More than that though, it is representative of the film industry and the nature of show business as a whole. It can even be seen, in...

Dressed to Kill

Dressed to Kill: Perfecting the American Giallo

Many American horror films were influenced by the Italian giallo. It’s often said that giallo was the influence behind the entire American slasher genre. But there are several American features ...

The Editor

The Editor is a Brilliant Giallo Throwback! [Review]

The Editor tells the story of a film editor named Rey who becomes embroiled in a complex murder mystery. The studio he is employed by is plagued with a rash of unexplained deaths and Rey is the prime ...

Mario Bava - A Bay of Blood Movie still

How Mario Bava Set the Template for American Slashers

It’s no secret that the early slasher films were heavily influenced by the Italian giallo movies. These were very similar features, albeit slightly more sophisticated—yet gorier—versions of the same t...

The Bird With the Crystal Plumage

How The Bird With the Crystal Plumage Established Argento’s Signature Style

The Bird With the Crystal Plumage was the 1970 debut of Italian director Dario Argento, and that’s pretty amazing considering just how great of a debut feature it is. In some ways, it’s Argento’s most...

Giallo films shaped the face of modern horror.

Editorial – How the Giallo Helped Shape the Face of the Modern Slasher

[soliloquy id=”11940″] I spent the entire weekend binging on some of my favorite Italian horror films and today felt inspired to put together a piece exploring the influence of the giallo ...

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