TDF FilmCast Horrorthon 06 - The Giallo and Slasher

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The Giallo (lurid Italian mystery crime thrillers) and the Slasher are two subgenres that are indelibly conjoined, had Italian Maestros like Mario Bava and Dario Argento not been setting new standards in the use of suspense and bloody murder set pieces in their Gialli thrillers then John Carpenter's Halloween and the subsequent slasher boom of the 80s may have been an altogether different kettle of fish. In the sixth episode of our Halloween Horrorthon we plot a course from the proto-slashers of the early 60s through to the Gialli heyday of the 70s and settling smack bang in the middle of the aforementioned 80s Slasher boom, where we eventually settle into a lively debate on the merits of slasher icons like Freddie and Jason. So sit back, plug your earphones in and let's go!

Horrorthon Episode contributors: John White (host), Mike Sutton, Rob Bayley, and Matt Shingleton

Here's a selection of trailers for just a handful of the titles we discuss:

Blood and Black Lace

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

The Designated Victim

Don't Torture a Duckling

Black Christmas

Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI

StageFright: Aquarius


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