The films of Dario Argento are something of a cult phenomenon within the horror film genre. When people talk about Italian horror and giallo the first thing that come to their mind is his exceptional work.
Giallo translates directly as ‘yellow’ and acquires its title from the coloured covers of the detective fiction novels that predated the films, and are generally characterized as gruesome murder-mystery thrillers that combine the suspense elements of a Hitchcock film with scenes of shocking horror featuring excessive bloodletting, stylish camerawork, and often jarring musical arrangements.
Argento’s films are all marked by an elaborate use of camera work, lighting and musical score, his sense of style and flair for violence took cheap blood and gore to new heights.
Argento also cowrote and produced George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (1978).
Here’s our top 5 Best Dario Argento Films:
5. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
A writer is stalked by a serial killer after witnessing a murder attempt on one woman’s life.
4. Opera (1987)
A young opperata is stalked by a deranged fan bent on killing the people associated with her to claim her for himself.
3. Tenebre (1982)
A series of murders rock Rome when a horror novelist comes to town to promote his book.
2. Deep Red (1975)
An English pianist in Rome gets caught up in the search for a vicious serial killer.
1. Suspiria (1977)
A ballet student finds terror in a German dance school run by witches.