In episode fourteen, Kat and Samm begin a three-part look at the art giallo film, the more unconventional cousin to everyone’s favorite Italian horror genre, popularized by directors like Mario Bava and Dario Argento. This episode begins with a look at Tinto Brass’s Deadly Sweet (1967), with Jean-Louis Trintignant and Ewa Aulin as two young lovers trying to outrun a killer in swinging London. Trintignant and Aulin return for what is probably the only chicken-themed giallo, the totally bonkers Death Laid an Egg (1968), about murder and backstabbing in a poultry factory.
Also explored is Elio Petri’s gloomy, beautiful A Quiet Place in the Country (1968), starring the great Franco Nero as a painter who rents an abandoned villa that might be haunted by the ghost of a nymphomaniac countess who died during WWII. War themes also trickle into the completely insane In the Folds of the Flesh (1970), about a family living in a mansion on top of an Etruscan burial ground. They have a nasty habit of gruesomely dispatching anyone who tries to visit them. Finally, Kat and Samm also explore one of the only Soviet-set giallo films, Aldo Lado’s grim Short Night of the Glass Dolls (1971), about a man who wakes up paralyzed, on a slab at the morgue and must try to remember how he got there before it’s too late.
Also mentioned is the upcoming Arrow Blu-ray release of Andrzej Zuławski’s final film, Cosmos (2015), which is now available for pre-order; Samm provided two essays for the booklet. She was also on a recent episode of the podcast Tracks of the Damned, giving a commentary on Buñuel and Dali’s Un chien andalou (1929), as part of their first short horror film festival. Kat announced her upcoming book on the film Daughters of Darkness, which will be published as part of the Devil’s Advocates series by Auteur Publishing (more details to follow later).