Giallo and Giallo Inspired Horror

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Gotta love the classic black leather gloves, knife wielding psychopaths, excessive and aesthetically-pleasing blood sprays.

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1. Suspiria (1977)

R | 92 min | Horror

79 Metascore

An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé

Votes: 72,501

2. Inferno (1980)

R | 106 min | Horror

69 Metascore

An American college student in Rome and his sister in New York investigate a series of killings in both locations where their resident addresses are the domain of two covens of witches.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle, Eleonora Giorgi, Daria Nicolodi

Votes: 17,083

3. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

GP | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An American expatriate in Rome witnesses an attempted murder. He learns later that it's connected to an ongoing murder spree in the city, and decides to do his own investigation, despite being personally targeted by the killer.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno, Eva Renzi

Votes: 16,405 | Gross: $0.42M

4. Opera (1987)

R | 107 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A young opperata is stalked by a deranged fan bent on killing the people associated with her to claim her for himself.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Cristina Marsillach, Ian Charleson, Urbano Barberini, Daria Nicolodi

Votes: 13,509

5. Deep Red (1975)

R | 127 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

89 Metascore

A jazz pianist and a wisecracking journalist are pulled into a complex web of mystery after the former witnesses the brutal murder of a psychic.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Méril

Votes: 29,035

6. Tenebrae (1982)

R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Anthony Franciosa, Giuliano Gemma, Christian Borromeo, Mirella D'Angelo

Votes: 18,879

7. Mother of Tears (2007)

R | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

52 Metascore

Part three of the "Three Mothers" trilogy which takes place in Rome and has to do with Mater Lachrymarum (The Third Mother).

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Asia Argento, Cristian Solimeno, Adam James, Moran Atias

Votes: 8,893 | Gross: $0.06M

8. Demons (1985)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror

A group of random people are invited to a screening of a mysterious movie, only to find themselves trapped in the theater with ravenous demons.

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny, Fiore Argento

Votes: 18,528

9. Demons 2 (1986)

R | 88 min | Horror

A group of tenants and visitors are trapped in a 10-story high-rise apartment building infested with demons who proceed to hunt the dwindling humans down.

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: David Edwin Knight, Nancy Brilli, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni, Bobby Rhodes

Votes: 8,223

10. Phenomena (1985)

R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery

57 Metascore

A young girl, with an amazing ability to communicate with insects, is transferred to an exclusive Swiss boarding school, where her unusual capability might help solve a string of murders.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Daria Nicolodi, Fiore Argento

Votes: 21,524

11. The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)

GP | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

63 Metascore

A newspaper reporter and a retired, blind journalist try to solve a series of killings connected to a pharmaceutical company's experimental, top-secret research projects and in so doing, both become targets of the killer.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak, Pier Paolo Capponi

Votes: 8,923

12. The Church (1989)

R | 102 min | Horror

An old Gothic cathedral, built over a mass grave, develops strange powers which trap a number of people inside with ghosts from a 12th Century massacre seeking to resurrect an ancient demon from the bowels of the Earth.

Director: Michele Soavi | Stars: Hugh Quarshie, Tomas Arana, Feodor Chaliapin Jr., Barbara Cupisti

Votes: 6,250

13. Giallo (2009)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

In Italy, a woman fears her sister may have been kidnapped. Inspector Enzo Avolfi fears it's worse. They team up to rescue her from a sadistic killer known only as Yellow.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Adrien Brody, Emmanuelle Seigner, Elsa Pataky, Robert Miano

Votes: 4,970

14. Suspiria (I) (2018)

R | 152 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

64 Metascore

A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Doris Hick, Malgorzata Bela

Votes: 49,196 | Gross: $2.47M

15. Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

80 Metascore

A sound engineer's work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art.

Director: Peter Strickland | Stars: Toby Jones, Antonio Mancino, Guido Adorni, Susanna Cappellaro

Votes: 13,539

16. Knife + Heart (2018)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

69 Metascore

Paris, summer 1979. Anne is a producer of cheap gay porn. When Lois, her editor and companion, leaves her, she attempts to get her back by making a more ambitious film with the flamboyant Archibald.

Director: Yann Gonzalez | Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Nicolas Maury, Kate Moran, Jonathan Genet

Votes: 2,589 | Gross: $0.03M

17. StageFright (1987)

Unrated | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

A group of stage actors lock themselves in the theater for a rehearsal of their upcoming musical production, unaware that an escaped psychopath has sneaked into the theater with them.

Director: Michele Soavi | Stars: David Brandon, Barbara Cupisti, Domenico Fiore, Robert Gligorov

Votes: 6,234

18. All the Colors of the Dark (1972)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

A woman recovering from a car accident in which she lost her unborn child finds herself pursued by a coven of devil worshipers.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: George Hilton, Edwige Fenech, Ivan Rassimov, Julián Ugarte

Votes: 2,797

19. The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2013)

Not Rated | 102 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

53 Metascore

Returning home from a business trip to discover his wife missing, a man delves deeper and deeper into a surreal kaleidoscope of half-baked leads, seduction, deceit, and murder. Does anyone in the building know something?

Directors: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani | Stars: Klaus Tange, Ursula Bedena, Joe Koener, Birgit Yew

Votes: 3,309 | Gross: $0.01M

20. Torso (1973)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A string of appalling lust murders shocks the University of Perugia as a sadistic serial killer strangles to death beautiful college girls with a red and black scarf.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: Suzy Kendall, Tina Aumont, Luc Merenda, John Richardson

Votes: 5,069

21. Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972)

Not Rated | 97 min | Thriller

A series of murders are committed near the estate of a degenerate author and his wife.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: Edwige Fenech, Anita Strindberg, Luigi Pistilli, Ivan Rassimov

Votes: 2,787

22. What Have You Done to Solange? (1972)

R | 107 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A teacher who is having an affair with one of his students takes her out on a boat. They see a knife killing on shore. Other gruesome murders start occurring shortly thereafter, and the teacher suspects that he may be the cause of them.

Director: Massimo Dallamano | Stars: Fabio Testi, Karin Baal, Cristina Galbó, Joachim Fuchsberger

Votes: 4,006

23. A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971)

Not Rated | 95 min | Mystery, Thriller

The potentially unhinged daughter of a British politician is accused of killing her hedonistic neighbor after she witnesses the murder in a dream.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Florinda Bolkan, Jean Sorel, Stanley Baker, Silvia Monti

Votes: 3,911

24. A Cat in the Brain (1990)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Horror

A horror film director is stalked by a mad psychiatrist/serial killer bent on killing people to model the killings after the director's gory death scenes from his movies.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Lucio Fulci, Brett Halsey, Ria De Simone, David L. Thompson

Votes: 2,816

25. The New York Ripper (1982)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A burned-out New York police detective teams up with a college psychoanalyst to track down a vicious serial killer randomly stalking and killing various young women around the city.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Jack Hedley, Almanta Suska, Howard Ross, Andrea Occhipinti

Votes: 8,662

26. Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)

Not Rated | 105 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A reporter and a promiscuous young woman try to solve a series of child killings in a remote southern Italian town rife with superstition and a distrust of outsiders.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Florinda Bolkan, Barbara Bouchet, Tomas Milian, Irene Papas

Votes: 7,308

27. The Psychic (1977)

R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

A clairvoyant woman discovers a skeleton in a wall in her husband's house, and seeks to find the truth about what happened to the victim.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Gabriele Ferzetti, Marc Porel, Gianni Garko

Votes: 3,732

28. Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A series of victims are paralyzed while having their bellies ripped open, much in the same way tarantulas are killed by the black wasp. The victims all seem to have a connection with a spa.

Director: Paolo Cavara | Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Claudine Auger, Barbara Bouchet, Rossella Falk

Votes: 2,466

29. The Scorpion with Two Tails (1982)

94 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

Joan has nightmares of Etruscan sacrifices. She knows very well the Etruscan language and her husband Arthur is an archeologist studying Etruscan tombs. In a nightmare she foresees her ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: Elvire Audray, Paolo Malco, Claudio Cassinelli, Marilù Tolo

Votes: 358

30. The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972)

PG | 99 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

When two sisters inherit their family castle, a string of murders committed by a mysterious dark haired woman in a red cloak decimates their circle of friends. Is the killer their ancestor,... See full summary »

Director: Emilio Miraglia | Stars: Barbara Bouchet, Ugo Pagliai, Marina Malfatti, Marino Masé

Votes: 1,832

31. Amer (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

72 Metascore

As a young girl Ana was a rebellious child. She was also tormented by images of death and a shadowy, ominous figure in black. Now an adult, she is once again tormented by shadowy, other-worldly forms.

Directors: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani | Stars: Cassandra Forêt, Charlotte Eugène Guibeaud, Marie Bos, Biancamaria D'Amato

Votes: 5,373

32. The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1969)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama

A runaway truck containing the corpse of a slain gang leader rolls into a California nightclub owned by Johnny Cain, a hard bitten former free-lance adventurer. The gang threatens to kill ... See full summary »

Director: Francis D. Lyon | Stars: Adam West, Nancy Kwan, Nehemiah Persoff, Buddy Greco

Votes: 105

33. A Bay of Blood (1971)

R | 84 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The murder of a wealthy countess, which was erroneously deemed suicide, triggers a chain reaction of brutal killings in the surrounding bay area, as several unscrupulous characters try to take over her large estate.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Claudio Camaso, Anna Maria Rosati

Votes: 8,484

34. Lost River (2014)

R | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

42 Metascore

A single mother is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town.

Director: Ryan Gosling | Stars: Christina Hendricks, Iain De Caestecker, Matt Smith, Saoirse Ronan

Votes: 16,166 | Gross: $0.04M



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