A cycle of stylish, psychosexually loaded Italian crime films which peaked sometime in the late '70s. The name means "yellow," and refers to the yellow covers of the pulp detective novels
which were adapted into the first of the films. Gialli are generally plotted as "puzzle" mysteries (with either police
investigating), but with a heavy admixture of horror
and thriller elements.
Major directors of gialli include Dario Argento
, Mario Bava
, and Lucio Fulci
Many American movies have been influenced by gialli. These include Basic Instinct
, Kill Bill, Vol. 2
(when it isn't being a Spaghetti Western
), the Hostel
movies, and pretty much anything by Brian De Palma
. Slasher Movies
have their roots in the giallo sensibility, as well. All quite appropriate, considering the considerable
stylistic influence the genre draws from Alfred Hitchcock
—to the point that many have deemed Hitch the unofficial "father" of Giallo cinema.
And now you to can create your own, with the Do-It-Yourself Giallo Kit
A related genre is the German "krimis".
Common tropes include: