Giallo. The precursor to the slasher film. The Giallo sub-genre started off pretty simple. In 1920s Italy, crime/ thriller books were being released with yellow covers. The yellow cover became synonyms with this certain crime thriller genre, thus the Italian word for yellow, Giallo, was used to eventually describe the nature of these works of fiction throughout the decades. Filmmakers like Mario Bava and eventually Dario Argento took the concept of these stories of murder and crime and adapted the themes to screens. You know the films. POV shot from the killer's point of view, black gloves, love, murder, and a mystery. Starting out rather tame by today’s standards, the films eventually become more sexualized and more violent as the years progressed and filmmakers tried to one-up each other. Gialli really hit their peak in the 70s, and by the 80s, slashers started taking over.
You can see how Gialli eventually became the American slasher genre that we all know and love. Look at Friday the 13th. Most of its elements are ripped straight from Giallo films. Story-wise, it’s a Gialli, maybe not a good one, but style-wise, it has the American blundering slasher feel all over it.
So why the brief history of Gialli? Well, tonight's film is one! In a time where Slashers were taking over the market both in America and overseas, Murder Obsession was released and was holding onto the last breath of Giallo films. Is this late Giallo worth watching? Let’s find out together. Welcome to the hellbound horror show.
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