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
from Friday the 13th
onward have appropriated bits and pieces of the giallo sensibility, as well.
And now you to can create your own, with the Do-It-Yourself Giallo Kit
Common tropes include: