Cinemaforgotten Halloween list 2021
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The bird with the crystal plumage
Great kickoff for Argento and 70s giallo in general. It ticks all the boxes for the definition of a giallo movie. When it comes to gore, it is a bit more hold back then his later work. But for the year 1970 this is a perfect pick. This classic is also a great way to get yourself in the giallo genre, there are a lot of great titles to discover.
Don't torture a duckling
Oliver Reed, religion and sex! Those are some great ingredients to great but controversial movie. 1971 and Christian religion was still a huge part in life for most of the western world. Based on a true story but done by Ken Russell so you know it's going to be fun. Not so much of a horror, but more drama/history but it's fine, this title can have a spot in this list.
Another Italian 70s classic but this time by the great Lucio Fulcio. Known for his graphic zombie movies, but here he gives a shot at giallo and I have to say he did a great job. A nice taboo subject, great mystery, and it's always cool to see the early work of Fulcio.
The wicker man
It's impossible to put any other title down for this year. The Exorcist is a legit creepy movie, not many other horror movies can top this one. What Friedkin did was amazing and so early in the 70s unbelievable. This movie is not only a shocker, it's also a real good story. Pay attention to father Damien's life. Big chance you have seen this one, but if you never seen it, then this might be the most important one on the list so please watch it.
Race with the devil
A horror classic with the best movie title ever! Big chance you have already seen this one, or any of the real shitty remakes. A group of teenagers driving through rural Texas get acquainted with a cannibalistic psycho family. There is really almost no gore, but its the paranoia and intense pressure build up that really makes it an amazing terror movie. Best enjoyed late on a Saturday night with a cold beer and some snacks.
Dawn of the dead
Profondo Rosso or Deep Red is a great Giallo for people that are new to the genre. For me the best work Argento ever produced but I am sure hardcore fans out there will strongly disagree. All the usual elements of a giallo can be found in this one and it also tackles some unexpected taboo subjects. It's beautiful, Italian, surreal and violent.....Give it a try!
If horror movies with religious subjects interest you then you are gonna love this one. An American ambassador finds out his adopted son is quite out of the ordinary. After a suspicious accident of his wife and some strange deaths close to him he is destined to find out what's going in on surrounding his son. This movie is quite outdated of course but can still give you the creeps. Especially that Nanny of damian........
The most famous work of Dario Argento, this one scores high on every list. Susperia is a great portray of a bad nightmare. An american dancer travels to a prestige ballet academy in Germany, she discovers there's a lot more going on then just ballet. The use of colors, lights and camera tricks really makes you think you are watching a dream. Recently they made a remake of this one but it doesn't come close to the original.
This one don't need much explanation I think.
Michael Myers the masked murder is one of the most famous horror icons. Halloween inspired so many slasher movies after this original. Some bad sequels and remakes are made, but I have to admit the last 2018 remake version was not that bad. This 1978 original version is still such a cool movie and it still packs some good scares if you are new to this classic, just check it out.