Gialloween returns once more for a third lashing of murder, mania, and black leather gloves. See all four films for $40 with the Gialloween Pass!
Monday, October 11th, 8:30pm: THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH
“Thematically the closest Fulci got to his peer Argento. Colorful and wild, with orgies, LSD freakouts and painting-by-knife-throwing. The visuals are Fulci’s most impressive.” — Dana Reinoos, Screen Slate
“Full of gothic anxiety, lurid fantasy, sex maniacs, voyeurism, passionate butt-squeezing, ‘blood fetishes’, cobbled streets, gratuitous views and so much more.” — Joseph Swyer, Diabolique Magazine
A year before stunning the genre with ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK, the team of director Sergio Martino, co-writer Ernesto Gastaldi, and stars Edwige Fenech & George Hilton made their collaborative giallo debut with this incredible piece of cinema every bit as thrilling as Argento’s best. Fenech is at her most luminous as an unfaithful diplomat’s wife hunted by a razor-wielding maniac while also haunted by her own depraved desires. This daring shocker that set the pace for years to come.
Dir. Sergio Martino. Italy, 1971. 100 min, Digital. Restoration courtesy of Severin Films and the American Genre Film Archive.
Tuesday, October 12th, 9:10pm: THE FIFTH CORD
“Remember that classic scene in CRYSTAL PLUMAGE where a victim-to-be ascends a dark staircase, lit only by a flickering candle in her hand? Ever want to see an entire movie shot so beautifully? Thanks to Vittorio Storaro (1900, APOCALYPSE NOW), the same cinematographer, this fascinating giallo has enough visual style to fuel a dozen other thrillers.” — Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital
The success of Argento’s THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE ushered in a wave of new, modern takes on the giallo thriller. Some rose above the crowd thanks to skillful execution and stylistic experimentation. Case in point: THE FIFTH CORD, which, in the hands of director Luigi Bazzoni (LE ORME, THE POSSESSED), turns a conventional premise into a visually stunning exploration of alienation and isolation.
When a man barely survives a brutal assault en route home from a New Year’s party, washed-up, whisky-swilling journalist Franco Nero (DJANGO) is assigned to the case. Before long, the maniac strikes again, this time with fatal results. As the body count rises, Nero is under suspicion himself, making it even more imperative that he crack the case. His only clue: black gloves found at the location of every attack, each with a finger cut off…
Dir. Luigi Bazzoni. Italy, 1971. 92 min, Digital. Restoration courtesy of Arrow Films and the American Genre Film Archive.
Wednesday, October 13th, 9:00pm: DEATH LAID AN EGG
A total sensorial overload with an ultimate freak-out score — think giallo by way of Ken Russell! Jean-Louis Trintignant (THE CONFORMIST) is a serial killer caught in the middle of a love triangle at a high-tech breeding factory for headless poultry. A delight for Euro-cultists, Antonioni fans, sci-fi-nauts and lovers of swingin’ psychedelia.
The first and only murder mystery to revolve entirely around a farm for mutant chickens, this explosive oddity has become a huge cult favorite over the past 15 years. You still won’t believe it either, as director Giulio Questi (fresh off one of the world’s weirdest spaghetti westerns, DJANGO, KILL…IF YOU LIVE, SHOOT!) spins out a gruesome satire on industrialism…while a knife-wielding maniac runs around, cast members drop dead and reappear, and jazz pioneer Bruno Madera goes nuts on the soundtrack. Abrasive, delightful and still one of a kind.
Dir. Giulio Questi. Italy, 1968. 86 min, Digital. Restoration courtesy of Cult Epics and the American Genre Film Archive.
Thursday, October 14th, 9:15pm: THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE
“Reflects an elegant, enterprising sensibility much given to fabricating sequins from non sequiturs.” — New York Times
“Its scares are on a much more basic level than, say, a thriller by Hitchcock. It works by exploiting our fear of the dark.” — Roger Ebert
In 1970, young debut director Dario Argento (DEEP RED, SUSPIRIA) indelibly redefined the “giallo” genre of murder-mystery thrillers with CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, catapulting him to international stardom.
Sam (Tony Musante, WE OWN THE NIGHT) is an American writer living in Rome, and witnesses a brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi, FUNERAL IN BERLIN) in a modern art gallery. Powerless to help, he grows increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced he saw something that night which holds the key to identifying the maniac terrorising Rome, Sam launches his own investigation parallel to that of the police, heedless of the danger to him and his girlfriend (Suzy Kendall, SPASMO.)
A staggeringly assured first feature, CRYSTAL PLUMAGE establishes the key traits that defines Argento’s filmography, including lavish visuals and a flare for wildly inventive / brutal scenes of violence. With sumptuous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro and a seductive Ennio Morricone score.
Dir. Dario Argento. Italy, 1970. 98 min, Digital. Restoration courtesy of Arrow Films and the American Genre Film Archive.
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