Tagged: Giallo

Mini-Review: Black Christmas (1974) – A Canadian Horror Cult Classic with a Dash of Giallo

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A bunch of sorority sisters are having a Christmas party at the sorority house. Everyone’s having a good time, drinking and being silly and stuff. All of a sudden their nice festive atmosphere is interrupted by an obscene phone call of a creepy man moaning into the phone, not making a lot of sense. Dismissing the incident as a bad prank, the sisters carry on. When one of them goes missing however, they start getting a little worried. Contacting the local police seems like the sensible thing to do, but can they really help? Have you ever seen a horror film where the cops save the day? It seems like the killer is always one step ahead of them, which is quite impressive considering how retarded he sounds on the phone.  Continue reading

Meh: A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971) and Going the Distance (2004)

A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971) – 6.5 (IMDb 6.9) – Giallo, Mystery, Horror (Italy)
Una Lucertola Con La Pelle Di Donna is considered a classic of Italian giallo cinema of the 1970s. I wasn’t overly impressed with this film who just tried to pull to many stunts and constantly seemed to want to put one over the viewer. I guess  if you like lots of plot twists and reveals every ten minutes you’ll love this one. However I found the characters poorly developed (aside from their physical traits), the actors seemed mostly stale (maybe it was the dubbing) and the whole film was essentially just plot-driven (which I tend to not be a huge fan of). Lucio Fulci certainly is a capable director and I appreciate his crazy camera movements, but aside from looking stylish, a couple titillating scenes and having a dope score by Ennio Morricone the film didn’t have much else to offer to me. I felt a bit let down and there are definitely much better giallos you could and should watch before this one.

Going the Distance (2004) – 6 (IMDb 5.3) – Comedy (Canada)
I tend to be a sucker for a good teen sex comedy. Going the Distance is a standard, cliché film that will satisfy your urge for a raunchy and unrealistically romantic romp. We’ve seen this story a thousand times before: Guy and girl have to do the whole distance thing, girl cheats on guy, guy finds out he deserves better. Nothing new, but also a fairly entertaining film, aside from some annoying misogynist and the usual unnecessarily and excessively vulgar humor. Films like this one however almost need to be excessive and completely unrealistic, because that’s what you watch them for. Well, that and the eye candy. I’m not going to lie and say I hated this film, because it was fun to some degree and I am an unabashed fan of the sub-genre, but of course I can’t put it in the good category either. I must say the film made me feel a bit old with its 2000s pop-punk soundtrack and Avril Lavigne. One last thing I’ll mention is Mayko Nguyen, it’s no secret I have a thing for Asian chicks and she’s a fox, I wish she was in more movies!

Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani’s The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears (2013)

Dan Kristensen (Klaus Tange) returns home one day and discovers that his wife Edwige has disappeared. Dan starts investigating Edwige’s disappearance and the strange and mysterious places and people of his apartment complex. Did she leave him? Is she dead? Also, what the hell is going on with his creepy neighbors? Of course the police can’t help him, they just don’t believe him. Soon his search and obsession cause him to descent into a world of madness. Fact and fiction become harder to distinguish. Dreams and nightmares intertwine with reality until they become one and the same. Will he ever find his wife’s killer? Is there a killer? Who’s the killer?  Continue reading