We all love a good giallo I’m sure – in fact, I’d even consider going as far as saying that if you don’t like the classic giallo thrillers, then you don’t really like the horror genre (or at the very least, you are missing out big time).

Anyhow, Frightfest has taken a stab (yep, excuse the pun) at rolling out some modern giallos over the years – with pretty mixed results it must be said.

And that’s why I’m pretty excited about Francesca, Luciano Onetti’s offering that not only takes the giallo motif, but shoots and stylises the whole thing in a 70s fashion, as the glorious trailer below highlights.

Here’s the promotional blurb:

A visually striking, totally amazing and gorgeous-looking homage to the Italian Giallo genre, director Luciano Onetti’s tribute to Mario Bava, Dario Argento, Sergio Martino and Lucio Fulci is an absolute must-see for all lovers of Spaghetti Shock. A psychopath stalks the city cleaning it of “impure and damned souls”. Moretti and Succo are the mismatched detectives tasked with resolving these Dante-esque crimes. Little do they know that secrets to the murderous mystery will be revealed by Francesca, a little girl who was abducted 15 years ago but has now reappeared to help solve the chilling conundrum. 

Francesca is Onetti’s second feature, having helmed the effective Deep Sleep back in 2013, and this outing includes the likes of Raul Gederlini, Silvana Grippaldi, Gustavo Dallesandro and Luis Emilio Rodriguez among the cast.

The film gets its English premiere at Frightfest on Friday, August 26.

Here’s the trailer:


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Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle