EVIL EYE
LA RAGAZZA CHE SAPEVA TROPPO
1963, NAOR World Media Films, 86 min, Italy, Dir: Mario Bava

Director Mario Bava pioneered the giallo genre with this Hitchcockian suspenser (aka THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH) about a young American chased across Rome by "the Alphabet Murderer." Tourist Leticia Roman visits her aunt, only to have the old woman die of a heart attack on her first night there – just as the electricity goes out! In quick succession, Roman runs out into the stormy night, gets knocked down by a purse snatcher and witnesses a brutal murder. But when she awakens in the hospital, no one believes her. She is befriended by a smitten young doctor (John Saxon), who begrudgingly helps her try to find the key to the mystery. Look for Italian-American actor Dante DiPaolo as the tormented reporter who may know the killer’s identity (DiPaolo later became George Clooney’s uncle by marriage to George’s aunt Rosemary).


THE BEES
1978, Vinegar Syndrome, 83 min, USA, Dir: Alfredo Zacarias

Genre icons John Saxon (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET) and John Carradine (THE HOWLING) are in a race against time as a swarm of South American killer bees has invaded the United States. With each attempt to thwart the threat, the bees become stronger and more intelligent than their human foes.


TENEBRAE
1982, 110 min, Italy, Dir: Dario Argento

Dario Argento's mastery of the giallo is clear in this stylish thriller, which is among the writer-director's most violent - and erotic. In Rome to promote his new novel, a murder mystery writer (Anthony Franciosa) learns that his work has inspired a serial slasher who targets women. As the author teams with the police to find the killer, the blood flows as freely as the plot twists in this oft-censored "video nasty," which includes some of Argento's most dazzling set pieces. Goblin keyboardist Claudio Simonetti, guitarist Massimo Morante and bassist Fabio Pignatelli reunited to create the suspenseful soundtrack. With John Saxon and Daria Nicolodi.


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