News: Giallo Fever at the Barbican


Throughout June, The Barbican in London will be presenting four rarely screened Italian horror thrillers – commonly known as giallo films – in its latest collaboration with film archivists and club Cigarette Burns. Titled She’s So Giallo – Women of 1970s Italian Thrillers, the screenings will be from rare 16mm and 35mm prints.

The best known of the films opens the series on the 7th – Dario Argento’s Four Flies on Grey Velvet (which, until recently, was the hardest to see of all his horror films) mixes prog rock and murder mystery to good effect, and stars Mimsy Farmer and Michael Brandon.

On the 14th is Lucio Fulci’s 1969 thriller One on Top of the Other (aka Perversion Story)- a typical soft porn retitling for a twisting and twisted mystery starring Marisa Mell as the stripper who looks uncannily like the murdered wife of a doctor.

All the Colours of the Dark

On the 21st is Pietro Schivazappa’s  The Frightened Woman, which purists might argue is hardly a giallo – but it is a fantastic slice of Euro kink, pop art visuals and complex sexual relationships, starring Dagmar Lassander. If you are only going to see one f the films showing, make it this one.

And finally, on the 28th, there’s Sergio Martino’s satanic, psycho slashing trash extravaganza All the Colours of the Dark (aka They’re Coming to get You), starring the incomparable Edwige Fenech. Lurid and lecherous, and well worth checking out.

Tickets go on sale to Barbican members today, and to the great unwashed tomorrow. More information here: