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  • Suspiria
  • Double Indemnity
  • Tenebre
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  • Killer vs Killers

    ★★★

  • Slaughter Hotel

    ★★★½

  • Les Gaulois

    ★★½

  • Kill, Baby... Kill!

    ★★★★½

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  • Body Double

    Body Double

    ★★★★★

    So much for film theory claiming that the knife in slasher films represents a phallic object - here Brian De Palma uses a great big fucking drill! And in case you didn't quite get the reference, we even get a shot of the killer murderously using the drill between his legs. I wonder what De Palma is trying to say?! The film takes obvious influence from Hitchcock (notably Vertigo and Rear Window) but less talked about is the clear Argento…

  • Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity

    ★★★★★

    For my money, this is the greatest film noir ever made. The story is set in motion with a clever metaphor - a car running through a stop sign. This leads to a hard boiled story of murder and deception. The way the film is set up instills a sense of foreboding over every sequence - it's brilliant storytelling, steeped in dramatic irony. The direction courtesy of the great Billy Wilder is absolutely flawless - and matched by an intelligent…

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  • Killer vs Killers

    Killer vs Killers

    ★★★

    Fernando Di Leo's final film as director was this riff on The Asphalt Jungle. The plot is somewhat predictable, with a ragtag bunch of professionals being picked to carry out a heist on a chemical plant, before the whole thing goes south. Most of it is entertaining, with Di Leo delivering what he does best only this time with eighties stylings. There's a few fist fights and shootouts, nods to earlier films and even a montage featuring Henry Silva's assassin…

  • Slaughter Hotel

    Slaughter Hotel

    ★★★½

    Softcore porn dressed up as a Giallo to cash in on Argento's big success. Cold Blooded Beast is either a delirious fever dream or a piece of trash depending on how you look at it. Certainly it doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but its well made and gorgeous to look at. The film takes place in an asylum for naked women. The walls are adorned with medieval weapons and suits of armour; treatment is a mix of croquet,…

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  • Inferno

    Inferno

    ★★★★★

    Every viewing of Inferno is a pleasure! There aren't many films that make perfect sense in their own right and no sense whatsoever simultaneously. Argento's story is carried not through logic but by feeling and sound. A curious girl looks for a key; drops her keys, then finds a key in a secret flooded room under a basement. A letter is carried from New York to Rome by notes of classic music. Time forsakes logic, spanning different periods in different…

  • Possession

    Possession

    ★★★★★

    This film is pure adrenaline on screen. Director Andrzej Zulawski's opus about a fractured couple (apparently based on his own experience of divorce) is rich with metaphor and symbolism. The dream logic means that it doesn't always make perfect sense - but the film is utterly captivating, helped by Andrzej Zulawski's nauseating roaming camera and a pair of brilliant central performances from Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani - the latter of which absolutely owns the film. It's a mesmerising and…