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  • The use of the term giallo is a bit problematic in almost all foreign non italian film writing.

    The Devil with Seven Faces (1971)

  • It always seemed like the term giallo evolved into what it did in the 80s/90s thanks to horror zines published in the US & Europe such as Gore Zone and Deep Red.

    Perversion Story

  • Gialli had been around for years, first appearing in the late 1920s in the form of a series of yellow-covered paperbacks ( "giallo" is Italian for "yellow"), most of which were translations of popular detective fiction by the likes of Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle.

    DVD Times

  • I’m more inclined to think that Americans or just newbies to Italian horror/thrillers use the term giallo in a much broader sense.

    Perversion Story

  • (The word giallo means yellow, and refers to the covers of a popular series of paperback thrillers published by Mondadori.)

    NYT > Home Page

  • I’ve always thought (from my own reading) that the genre was pretty specific and based on stylized violence first seen in Bava’s films like Blood and Black Lace (btw - just for the record -Bava’s responsible for the black gloved killer idea in Italian giallo and Argento’s borrowed many of his best ideas from Bava).

    Perversion Story

  • A movie like Perversion Story seems to obviously be just a stylish erotic crime thriller Fulci himself called it a “fantasy” film and never used the term giallo to describe it from what I’ve read.

    Perversion Story

  • Aficionados of the pulp Italian genre known as giallo will be nodding their heads in recognition at new French movie Amer – a striking, stylish new horror that borrows liberally from the likes of Dario Argento, with its stroboscopic montage, extreme close-ups and stylised colour schemes.

    This week's new film events

  • La Verità Secondo Satana and Delirium belong, of course, to that film genre known as giallo--so called because of the yellow-covered books that inspired it.

    The Groovy Age of Horror

  • Mr. Argento, 67, has devoted most of his career to the Italian suspense genre known as giallo, which designates a kind of hyperbolic serial-killer mystery, generally with urban settings and disturbingly creative murders.

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  • “In doing so, they conjure up ghosts — frightening-looking ones, who owe a visual debt to Ms. de Beer’s long fascination with horror films and, lately, to the particularly bloody 1970s Italian subgenre known as giallo.”

    The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/30/arts/design/30debeer.html, by Randy Kennedy, January 30, 2011

    January 31, 2011

  • Italian - "Yellow". A "giallo" is a crime fiction book. The name is due to the cover color of the bestselling book series by Mondadori (Il Giallo Mondadori).

    February 20, 2010