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When two young women are viciously slain in a luxury high-rise, a beautiful young model (Edwige Fenech of STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER and HOSTEL: PART II) moves into one of their vacated apartments - and soon finds that she is now being stalked by the mysterious killer! The suspects include her ex-husband (a member of a group sex cult), a predatory lesbian neighbor, the deformed son of a sinister widow, and even the building's handsome architect (George Hilton of THE KILLER MUST KILL AGAIN) who suffers from a paralyzing fear of blood. Can she expose the masked maniac with a taste for luscious women and depraved murder before she becomes his next victim?

Directed by Giuliano Carnimeo (under the pseudonym Anthony Ascott) and written by Ernesto Gastaldi (screenwriter of such notorious thrillers as TORSO and THE WHIP AND THE BODY), this shocking giallo is also known as EROTIC BLUE and WHAT ARE THOSE STRANGE DROPS OF BLOOD DOING ON JENNIFER'S BODY?


"BREEZY, SLEAZY FUN!" -- Mondo Digital

"One Of The Few Gialli Of The Time Which Is As Good At Mystery As It Is At Sleaze!" -- All Movie Guide

"Plenty Of Sex And Violence To Whet Your Salacious Appetite!" -- Monsters At Play

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  • Actors: Edwige Fenech, George Hilton, Annabella Incontrera, Georges Rigaud, Giampiero Albertini
  • Directors: Giuliano Carmineo, Anthony Ascott
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC, Anamorphic
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YKI4T0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,265 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dave. K VINE VOICE on March 5, 2008
Format: DVD
Most cite the 60s as when the first Giallo film was made and in the 70s these films reached their peek and would continue to go on before fading away around the mid 80s. But the 70s it seemed like every film out of Italy was a Giallo, while some suffered from being the same as all the others some filmmakers were able to offer a twist. The Case of the Bloody Iris is pretty much the standard Giallo of the time, but works well and is one of the better ones of an era dominated by them.

In many ways I suppose the Giallos can sort of be seen as the Italian slasher movies. If you watch slasher flicks you can see the influence the Giallo had on them. Slasher films are sort of the poor mans Giallo, but the thing is like the slasher you've seen one you've seen them all and that does apply to Giallos a lot of the times. The murder scenes are kinda hard to mess up. Hot women being chased by a psycho killer pretty much sells itself, but the investigation scenes if they aren't good than the Giallo won't be any good.

The screenplay was written by Ernesto Gastaldi who is no stranger to the Giallo; he wrote many of the more popular ones in the 70s most notable writing for Sergio Martino. The script at times sure can be a bit silly, but it works well overall with mostly interesting characters and the mystery aspect is actually solid. Normally by the middle of the movie you can figure out who the killer is, but I actually didn't figure it out. While it wasn't a huge surprise it did get by me.

Director Giuliano Carnimeo going under the name Anthony Ascott does a solid job at keeping the pace moving along and there's no shortage of suspects and nudity. The murder scenes are done well with some pretty good suspense and tension and the investigation scenes are handled well and never lag.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on December 28, 2004
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It was a beautiful day indeed when Anchor Bay released a box set of four classic Italian gialli films. Most fans of Italian horror films know all about these colorful murder mystery pictures-- thanks to Mario Bava, Lucio Fulci, and Dario Argento--but how many of us know about the lesser entries in the genre? "The Case of the Bloody Iris" contains all of the elements we know and love about the giallo picture. We've got the black clad killer, gruesome killings, red herrings, and very sexy European ladies willing to give it their all at the drop of a hat. "Iris" also gives us point of view shots from the killer's perspective, bizarre flashbacks, and style wafting off the screen in waves. "The Case of the Bloody Iris" is definitely a giallo film in every respect. In my opinion, it's nearly as good as the films made by the masters of the genre. This picture comes close to approaching the greatness of Argento's epic films "Deep Red" and "Tenebre," and close if not touching to Lucio Fulci's massively entertaining "Don't Torture a Duckling." Without a doubt, "The Case of the Bloody Iris" is one of the better discs in the box set. It's far superior to Aldo Lado's "Who Saw Her Die?"

In fact, it's quite easy to follow the plot of "The Case of the Bloody Iris" despite its numerous major and minor characters. Andrea Barto (George Hilton) is the owner of an apartment with a lot of problems. When a young lady with an unusual wrestling job (watch and see) perishes in the apartment thanks to a black-gloved killer, Barto approaches models Jennifer Lansbury (Edwige Fenech) and her friend Marilyn (Paola Quattrini) with a heck of a deal. He offers them the spacious apartment for a song, a piece of luck the two attractive women can't believe is true.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris on January 25, 2005
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This is a great all round movie and it has the stylish murders, curious mystery and nude sexiness you would expect from the giallo genre. Visually the movie is very nice to look at, with plenty of engaging camera work, but without getting overly artistic. The plot revolves around finding a murderer who is stalking attractive women living in an apartment building. Like many similar movies, there are plenty of curious suspects to choose from. The movie is also typically violent and in the first murder sequence, the killer stabs a woman in an elevator and then shows her the scalpel covered in her own blood before plunging it back into her. In another scene the murderer ties up an exotic dancer naked and leaves her to drown in her own bathtub while he watches. Director Giuliano Carnimeo doesn't seem to have made to many giallo movies, nevertheless this is a particularly enjoyable film. Lovers of giallo films should add this to their collection and I'd recommend buying it as part of the great four movie boxed set Anchor Bay have put out.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Smith on April 11, 2008
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"The Case of the Bloody Iris" is an Italian Giallo, a type of film often considered the ancestor of modern slasher films -- but with more style. One can expect: serial murders of beautiful women, a psychopath, nudity, "sexual situations", a police investigation (often ineffective) and lots of blood, along with stylish photography and distinctive music. In other words, salacious good fun.

Edwige Fenech plays Jennifer, a photographer's model who moves into an apartment where the former tenant had recently been murdered by drowning her in the bathtub. Though a second woman was brutally murdered in the building's elevator shortly before they moved in, neither Jennifer nor her ditzy roommate seem overly-concerned about two murders in and around their new apartment.

There are plenty of suspects: a strange elderly woman who buys stacks of crime magazines, a lesbian neighbor and her sad, violin-playing father, a gay photographer who employed the drowning victim, the building's architect who has a phobia about blood, Jennifer's menacing former husband, plus a few others who pop up along the way.

Jennifer first meets handsome architect Andrea Barto (George Hilton) at the photographer's studio, their eyes meeting suggestively. Andrea arranges for the girls to move into the murder apartment, and soon begins an affair with Jennifer.

The police inspector assigned to the murders is a world-weary stamp collector, with an almost useless assistant. There is an amusing running joke about the assistant being recognized by passers-by while tailing suspects. The police investigation is very weak; the police turn up no clues to the killer's identity, only more suspects. In fact, the killer is found out only because one of the victims manages to call for help in time.
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