I was watching A Dragonfly for Each Corpse a couple of nights ago. Its inclusion of a fairground ride as backdrop in one sequence got me wondering how many times ghost trains, rollercoasters and suchlike appear in gialli, having also seen them in Rings of Fear, Eyeball and Naked Girl Killed in Park.
Admittedly this list is not as long as one of the number of gialli featuring fashion houses or modelling agencies, but I presume there must be others I have not thought of or seen – does Suspicious Death of a Minor also include one, or am I just thinking of its slapstick comedy elements? – and its recurrence seems more than mere coincidence.
The question then arises is why. Though I do not want to over-analyse, we might speculate that it ties in with the “primitive” / “cinema of attractions” dynamic that elsewhere emerges in the shocking set-piece – too many to list – and the exhibitionist stage routine – Case of the Bloody Iris, Death Walks on High Heels, Strip Nude for Your Killer etc.