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The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972)

Perché quelle strane gocce di sangue sul corpo di Jennifer? (original title)
Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 10 August 1972 (Italy)
Beautiful young model Jennifer Lansbury and her goofy friend Marilyn Ricci move into a swanky high-rise apartment after the previous tenant gets brutally murdered. Pretty soon Jennifer is ... See full summary »

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(as Anthony Ascott)

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(screenplay) (as Ernesto Gastaldy), (story) (as Ernesto Gastaldy)
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Arthur, the photographer
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Carla Mancini
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Beautiful young model Jennifer Lansbury and her goofy friend Marilyn Ricci move into a swanky high-rise apartment after the previous tenant gets brutally murdered. Pretty soon Jennifer is being stalked by the mysterious killer. Probable suspects include a predatory lesbian neighbor, a weird old woman and her deformed son, and even the building's handsome architect who suffers from a severe blood phobia. Written by Woodyanders

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The killer slices without mercy!

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(Westrex Sound System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 60726 delivered on 25-7-1972. See more »

Quotes

Jennifer Lansbury: You don't care who the real murderer is so long as somebody fries for it. You pounce on Andrea, say you know he's guilty because he's crazy. Brilliant police.
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A gloved maniac, topless women and a dodgy plot — it's giallo time again!!
27 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Light on the gore and heavy on the nudity, The Case of the Bloody Iris is a passable giallo from director Giuliano Carnimeo (under the pseudonym Anthony Ascott). Made in 1972, this shocker has nearly all of the elements one would expect from the genre: a gloved killer, POV shots, bloody murders, and a convoluted plot in which everyone is both a suspect and a possible victim.

The story revolves around a spate of vicious killings which happen in a posh high-rise block of apartments; gorgeous Edwige Fenech plays Jennifer, a model who has moved into the building and soon becomes a target for the deranged, rubber-glove wearing maniac.

Logic takes a backseat during the storytelling and there are moments which had me laughing in disbelief. In one scene, our hapless heroine wanders through a junkyard at night; for cheap 'shocks', car doors swing open, boots slam shut and a whole vehicle even topples off a stack — no explanation for these spooky happenings is given.

Another moment has Jennifer attempting to enter a suspect's apartment. Finding it locked, she tries the keys on her own keyring, and — hey, presto — the last key opens the door!! What great security they have in this building.

As always, the killer's identity is only revealed in the final minutes, and the reason given for his violence stretches well beyond the realms of credibility.

Despite the flaws in the plot, the film moves along at a reasonable pace and when there is any danger of the momentum flagging, Carnimeo throws in some gratuitous T&A (and a lesbian) to keep us amused — how very thoughtful of him! Nearly every actress gives us an eyeful before her untimely demise.

As giallos go, this is a consistently entertaining example and should definitely be seen by fans of the genre.


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