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Italian Horror – Murder, Mystery & Giallo Galore

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Blood and Black Lace (1964)

Directors: Mario Bava

Writers: Marcello Fondato, Giuseppe Barilla

Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok, Thomas Reiner

Story: A masked, shadowy killer brutally murders the models of a scandalous fashion house in Rome.

Other Films In Series: None. 

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

Directors: Dario Argento

Writers: Dario Argento

Stars: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno

Story: A witness of an attack, a writer becomes stalked by a serial killer.

Other Films In Series: The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971), Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1972)

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
A Bay of Blood (1971)

Directors: Mario Bava

Writers: Mario Bava, Giuseppe Zaccariello

Stars: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Claudio Camaso

Story: The murder of a wealthy heiress by her husband triggers a series of brutal killings in the surrounding bay area.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)

Directors: Dario Argento

Writers: Dario Argento, Luigi Collo

Stars: EJames Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak

Story: A newspaper reporter and a retired, blind journalist try to solve a series of killings connected to a pharmaceutical company's experimental, top-secret research projects and in so doing, both become targets of the killer.

Other Films In Series: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970), Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1972) 

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Torso (1973)

Directors: Sergio Martino

Writers: Ernesto Gastaldi, Sergio Martino

Stars: Suzy Kendall, Tina Aumont, Luc Merenda

Story: A string of appalling lust murders shocks the University of Perugia as a sadistic serial killer strangles to death beautiful college girls with a red and black scarf.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Deep Red (1975)

Directors: Dario Argento

Writers: Dario Argento, Bernardino Zapponi

Stars:David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia

Story:  After witnessing a brutal murder, a pianist is unsuspectingly pulled into a complex web of mystery.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Beyond the Darkness (1979)

Directors: Joe D'Amato

Writers: Ottavio Fabbri (screenplay), Giacomo Guerrini (story)

Stars: Kieran Canter, Cinzia Monreale, Franca Stoppi

Story: Grief-struck after the death of his wife, a young man attempts to keep her with him forever - by gutting her, stuffing her and replacing her eyes with glass eyes, turning her into a doll. But his bouts of insanity are just beginning.

Other Films In Series: The Third Eye (1966)

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Inferno (1980)

Directors: Dario Argento

Writers: Dario Argento

Stars: Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle, Eleonora Giorgi

Story: An American college student in Rome and his sister in New York investigate a series of killings in both locations where their resident addresses are the domain of two covens of witches.

Other Films In Series: Suspiria (1977), Mother of Tears (2007)

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Tenebre (1982)

Directors: Dario Argento

Writers: Dario Argento

Stars: Anthony Franciosa, Giuliano Gemma, Christian Borromeo

Story: An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The New York Ripper (1982)

Directors: Lucio Fulci

Writers: Gianfranco Clerici, Lucio Fulci

Stars: Jack Hedley, Almanta Suska, Howard Ross

Story: A burned-out New York police detective teams up with a college psychoanalyst to track down a vicious serial killer randomly stalking and killing various young women around the city.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Phenomena (1985)

Directors: Dario Argento

Writers: Dario Argento, Franco Ferrini

Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Daria Nicolodi

Story: A young girl, with an amazing ability to communicate with insects, is transferred to an exclusive Swiss boarding school, where her unusual capability might help solve a string of murders.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Stage Fright (1987)

Directors: Michele Soavi

Writers: George Eastman, Sheila Goldberg

Stars: David Brandon, Barbara Cupisti, Domenico Fiore

Story: A group of stage actors lock themselves in the theater for a rehearsal of their upcoming musical production, unaware that an escaped psychopath has sneaked into the theater with them.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Santa Sangre (1989)

Directors: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Writers: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Roberto Leoni

Stars: Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell

Story: A former circus artist escapes from a mental hospital to rejoin his armless mother - the leader of a strange religious cult - and is forced to enact brutal murders in her name as he becomes "her arms".

Other Films In Series: None.

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