- Torso - Spooked by a few gruesome murders around town, a group of teen women seek safety in a remote country villa. Naturally, the killer follows them. This movie is basically just sex and murder, and well, I guess that's effective? There's not a whole lot to it, but Martino knows his way around the camera and manages to craft some memorable sequences and visuals. I suppose there's some typically confusing Giallo nonsense plot points featuring red and black scarves (or are they bland and red scarves?!), but that's almost part of the charm of these movies.
- Blood and Black Lace (trailer)
- Deep Red (trailer)
- King in the Box (short)
- Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key - Great title or greatest title? Even amongst Giallo films, which are known for their elaborate, baroque titles, this is a doozy. A burned out writer lives on a big estate, holds bacchanalian parties where he indulges in hedonism whilst humiliating his wife. Later, when the crowds have left, he beats and rapes his wife. A real pleasant fellow. Then he's implicated in a murder and I started to fear that the movie would ask us to sympathize with him, as it's clearly heading towards a twist where it's revealed that he was framed. I won't spoil it, but there's more going on here than just that, in a typically convoluted Giallo way.
6WH: Week 4.5 - Sergio Martino
A few years ago, I did a series of weeks themed around "Obscure Horror Auteurs" and one of the candidates for that year was Italian filmmaker Sergio Martino. I'd heard lots of great things about his Giallo movies, but alas, many were not readily available at the time. A few years later and a couple of them pop up on Amazon Prime, so I figured I'd finally point my eyes in their direction: