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The following categories are available (Complete with biased commentary :o))

Directors:
Joe d'AmatoVery prolific director, best know in the early days for his erotic works with the odd horror movie every now and then. Now deceased, his later works were almost all (or entirely?) hardcore, alas.
Dario ArgentoOne of the all-time greats of the Italian giallo, Argento's work reached a peak in the mid 1970's thru early 1980's. His later works have sadly not managed to reach these heights (they're still way above most others though). Although his films are highly stylised, Argento never allows this to get in the way of basic graphic bloodletting. His plots can be a tad on the bizarre side though, so don't expect to fully understand what's going on.
Mario BavaOne of the all-time greats of Italian cinema period, Bava Sr.'s work was characterized by beautiful design, great use of the visual field (which makes it all the more unfortunate that a lot of his works are not available letterboxed) and solid story lines. Many have attempted to emulate Bava Sr. with varying degrees of success and nobody can doubt the importance of this director in shaping Italian exploitation cinema.
Lamberto BavaMany tried to emulate his father and Bava Jr. was no exception. Unfortunately, aside from the odd flurry of inspiration, he didn't really come close. Most of Bava Jr.'s work is watchable but don't expect a masterpiece unless you're watching Demons - one of the flurries of inspiration.
Enzo G. CastellariTogether with Antonio Margheriti, Castellari is one of the most versatile directors in Italian exploitation cinema. Action, thriller, horror, giallo, erotic - he's done them all. Unfortunately, although most of his films are watchable, solid entertainment, they are pretty routine.
Massimo DallamanoA criminally overlooked director, Dallamano was almost single-handedly responsible for the wave of schoolgirls-in-peril gialli of the early 1970's, in which no end of teens in varying states of undress would engage in sexual frolics, talk about sex, engage in more sexual frolics and then fall victim to the prowling killer. What more of an epitaph could one want?
Ruggero DeodatoProbably best known for his extremely gory cannibal films, Deodato has also tried his hand at a range of cinematic genres. Aside from the exploitation films though, you're not missing much if you never see them. His cannibal movies are legendary (too much so for the man himself it would seem - according to interviewers he doesn't like to discuss them now) but has also managed to produce another of the classic Italian sleaze masterpieces The House at the Edge of the Park in which badder-than-bad boy David Hess gets even badder as he derides, abuses, rapes, slices and generally gives a bloody hard time to just about every woman he meets.
Lucio FulciAnother of the kings of Italian exploiation cinema, you can almost always rely on Fulci to deliver the gore goodies. Best known for his no-hold-barred any-excuse-for-blood zombie movies, he is also responsible for a particulary fine giallo, Don't Torture a Duckling. Hysterically, even in family-oriented entertainment, Fulci could not seem to let a film slip by without at least one over-the-top gore scene. In White Fang, John Steiner, one of the mainstays of Italian exploitation cinema, gets savagely and bloodily attacked by the titular character - A side of Lassie to which we were never treated.
Tobe HooperDesperately trying to score another success after the amazing Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hooper's successive output has been pretty dull. An attempt to reap more from the furtile soil, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is darkly humorous and extremely violent but has none of the dark, tense atmosphere of its predecessor. I must admit to having a soft spot fot Lifeforce though. Well, who wouldn't want to spend 90 odd minutes watching Mathilda May wandering around in the nude?
Umberto LenziTogether with Ruggero Deodato, Lenzi was the driving force behind the Italian cannibal movie cycle of the late 1970's/early 1980's. Starting it all with Man from Deep River, I doubt he realized what he was letting either himself, or the world, in for - Something for which gorehounds the world over are forever grateful. Also responsible for some of the best of the Italian crime films, Lenzi claims these as his favorite works.
Fernando di LeoAnother criminally overlooked director - almost literally, as di Leo has made some of the finest crime films ever to escape the grips of the Carribinieri and leg it over the border to the outside world. The opening credit skyline scene of Milan Caliber 9 sets the dark, sombre tone of the film while the amazingly greasy performance of Mario Adorf, another mainstay of Italian exploition cinema, carries the rest of the film with consumate ease.
Antonio MargheritiAnother of the amazingly versatile directors, Margheriti produced some of the best of the Italian action genre which reached its peak in the early 1980's - Most of them starring the now sadly deceased David Warbeck, a British actor who managed to find himself in a huge number of Italian productions. Like Mario Bava, Margheriti was one of the founders of Italian exploitation cinema, making some of his finest and most original films in the 1960's.
George A. RomeroAside from the classic Dead-trilogy of Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead, it's hard to see what all the fuss is about, personally. Granted, the Dead-trilogy are excellent, Dawn in particular, but the rest of his fare is decidedly bland.
 
Subjects:
Italian GialliAlthough many films claim themselves to be gialli (the plural of giallo), the only true gialli are Italian. Based around murder mysteries, gialli are typified by devoting a lot of screen time to the murders themselves, more so than in a 'normal' murder mystery. They also tend to be violent - extremely violent in some cases - and don't always make a lot of sense when it comes to explaining the motives behind the murders. Usually a triumph of style over content, they offer more cerebral stimulus than the average splatter movie but are not so cerebral as to be unenjoyable if you just want to park your brain and unwind for 90 minutes or so.
Italian HorrorAlso typified by being extremely bloody, Italian horror has a charm which is not found in any other country's horrific output. Stilted dialog aside (which is often the result of unbelievably apathetic dubbing rather than any fault on behalf of the screenwriter) they seem to take themselves a lot less seriously than, say, American horror films. Whereas most other horrors tend in varying degrees to justify their gore quotient (the "it's necessary for artistic impact" argument), Italian horrors just serve it straight up with no excuses.
Italian Police/CrimeOne of Italy's best-kept secrets, the crime films are a gem to discover. Entertaining, action-packed, violent and with dialog to die for, this is the genre to go for if you've already developed a taste for Italian exploits. Like the horror films, Italian crime films just don't care about excusing or justifying their violence. Indeed, they exist to deliver exhilerating action and violence. One point though, if your interest is in learning anything at all about Italian police procedure, don't waste your time - if the Italian police truly did behave like this, the European Court of Human Rights would need to set up a dedicated wing!
Italian SexploitationAs with all Italian exploitation cinema, sexploiters don't care about giving reasons, they just present you with sexploitation. Not content with T'n'A, as most of their American counterparts are, these go all the way. In Italian sexploitaion, it's full-frontal or nothing. The only minor drawback is the insistence of some of them to present themselves as comedies. I've never really got to grips with the Italian sense of humour so most of these just bore me senseless.
Italian MiscellaneousIf you've decided that Italian is what you like and you've tried the more well-known genres (and most of the traits worth watching them for are shared by most genres), here's a list of everything else.
American HorrorAlthough I personally tend to prefer Italian horror over American, America can usually be relied upon to provide a good slasher movie or gross-out every now and then. A lot of the all-time greats were born in the USA: Evil Dead, Halloween, Friday the 13th - but most of the US produced horrors are strictly routine. They seem to lack the atmosphere one finds in Italian horrors for some reason. Maybe I'm just biased.
American SexploitationSeemingly much more conservative than their Italian counterparts (tending to stick to T'n'A), US sexploiters nevertheless offer something for the thrill-seeker. Namely, T'n'A.
Zombie MayhemRampaging zombies, flesh-munching action, spurting jugulars, decaying bodies - these films have it all! (Well, most of them anyway.) A genre to relax to, no heavy cerebral activity required.
Cannibal CapersOne of the most maligned of the horror sub-genres, the cannibal movies (Italian in particular) are often cited as the most obvious proof of the need for censorship. Some, like Cannibal Holocaust have even been accused of being "snuff" movies. Frankly, I'd think it's a lot easier and cheaper to round up a few natives, black up their faces and ask them to chow down on animal inards for a day than to find somebody pre-disposed to being, well, disposable.
Ultra-Gore!For those with strong stomachs, a selection of the kind of movies you can settle down at tea-time with, invite the family over and have a jolly pleasant afternoon's viewing. Or maybe not.
Miscellaneous HorrorWhat it says. Horror from anywhere else. (Hey, what more can I say?)
Women in PrisonNow, here's a genre for the real sleazehound. Loads of nudity, bad language, catfights in the showers, catfights in the cells, torture, violence and general degradation and humiliation. Some people see these things as demeaning to women. Go figure.
Asian ExploitationWell, try as I might, I normally can't get into the Asian exploiters at all. Hong Kong psycho-on-the-loose horrors excepted (which I tend to like - they have the same kind of "if you don't like it, don't watch it" attitude that typifies the Italian exploiters) they frankly bore me to tears. Although Japan Shock releases some of the most notorious of the Japanese sex and gore movies, they all seem to devote so much more of their time to softcore fumblings than to horror that I've never actually managed to sit all the way through one playing at normal speed. Still, I suppose it's an aquired taste and if you like that sort of thing there's certainly a few to choose from.
MondoThis is the genre that most often get referred to as 'snuff'. Granted, they exist to showcase real-life attrocities, accidents, car wrecks, suicides, executions and the like, but since nobody was actually killed purely to make the film, they can't really be classed as snuff. However, at their most intense they can be pretty grim viewing and are only recommended for people with strong stomachs. That is if you can find a bit which wasn't actually staged for the camera. Many of the scenes are clearly fake, many are clearly real, most are anybody's guess.
 
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