Monday, 13 April 2009

Motif spotting #1

Expect a lot of these posts over the next few days as I lazily test your knowledge rather than trawl through the archives myself ;-)

Which gialli can you think of featuring killers who have either not been cured via psychoanalytic / psychiatric interventions or who have suffered relapses?

For example: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Four Flies on Grey Velvet, The Eye in the Labyrinth, Eyeball

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure, but what about Lizard in a woman's skin and Paranoia?

Chris Cooke said...

Hatchet for the Honeymoon... how do you mean? In Bird With Crystal Plumage, she hasn't relapsed or been cured, just that the malady is triggerd by the piece of art, a la Screming MiMi, and the condition has been covered up by her husband... it's similar in Stendahl Syndrome, in that she has submerged herself in her own mental condition and re-emerged in a new character, similar pice of exposition in De Palma's Raising Cain... for a lot of Argento this seems to be the case as he, more than most Gialli writers and directors, is interested in the psychological make-up, history and motivation of the killer/s.

Anonymous said...

Two more: Belirium, both the Bava and Poselli version

Cinefantastique Online said...

It's not giallo, but therapy didn't prevent Norman Bates from relapsing into homicide in the PSYCHO sequels.

The Great Tyrant said...

Trauma? Crap film, I know...

Nigel said...

Tenebrae, the murders in the second half anyways.

slizwiz said...

The Night Evelyn Came Out Of Her Grave. Well kind of. Maybe not.

Justin said...

La Bambola (The Doll) segment from Dario Argento's Doors of Darkness.

Nowtas said...

Does The Girkl Who Knew Too much count? I cannot remember if the killer had been treated in teh past or not.

K H Brown said...

I don't think the killer in Girl would count - I think she covered up her first crime, then gradually went insane, but never had any treatment.