Yep, it’s ya boy Kyle, back on my B.S. talking about a giallo. But this one may be one of the most important of the cycle.Giallo is, of course, the shorthand for Italian mystery thrillers, which increasingly crossed into horror following Dario Argento’s 1970 movie The Bird with the Crystal Plumage. While Argento made three more gialli before breaking into new territory with Suspiria, dozens more European directors made hundreds of gialli in the early 1970s to capitalize on the craze. My favorite such director is Sergio Martino, who directed a string of five gialli from 1970 to 1973. I’ve already written about the twisted plot of The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail and the trippy, Gothic-inspired All the Colors of the Dark, and now I want to talk about the final of Martino’s five gialli: an unintended precursor to the American slasher movie, 1973’s Torso.A black gloved hand comes into frame, picks up the key, and carefully puts it on the newspaper.The audience sits in abject fear, knowing full well what will happen when Jane gets the key. She pulls the newspaper back in. To her mind, she’s triumphed! She’s beaten the killer. And she opens the door, relieved, only to walk directly into that gloved hand and the masked murderer it belongs to.Martino made some terrific gialli, and many of them have better stories or more interesting characters than Torso, but when it comes to pure cinematic suspense and terror, Martino never got better than the last 30 minutes of TorsoÂ and its truly revolutionary switcheroo.Torso is on Blu-ray now from Arrow Video, who graciously provided us with the above clips. Torso is another in a long line of brilliant giallo releases, with an essential audio commentary from author and film critic Kat Ellinger, an appreciation for the film by author and professor Mikel Koven, and interviews with Martino, Merenda, and screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi.It’s got a pretty tawdry reputation, but Torso is an absolutely killer horror movie.