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The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972)

Edwige Fenech , George Hilton , Giuliano Carmineo , Anthony Ascott  |  Unrated |  DVD
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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YKI4T0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,625 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews


"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

Product Description

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?

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Standard, but excellent Giallo March 5, 2008
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edwige! Edwige! December 28, 2004
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining High Rise Giallo March 20, 2008
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Beautiful women, gruesome murders, mistaken identity, and a great musical score make "The Case of the Bloody Iris" an entertaining giallo. Gorgeous women - all of which are engaged in amoral occupations (prostitution, nude wrestling, and nude modeling) - are being murdered in a luxurious high rise apartment building.

Jennifer (Edwige Fenech of Mario Bava's "Five Dolls for an August Moon") and her co-worker/friend move into an high rise apartment that was recently occupied by the last victim of the serial killer. She is being stalked by her estranged husband who leaves behind torn irises to remind her he was there. Furthermore, all of her strange neighbors are connected with the murders.

"The Case of the Bloody Iris" has a "Psycho"-like stabbing in an elevator; this scene was later imitated in Brian De Palma's "Dressed to Kill." The killer, with his/her black mask and coat, resembles the maniac who is murdering models in Mario Bava's "Blood and Black Lace." ("Blood and Black Lace" is considered to be the granddaddy of Italian gialli.) Also, the staircase in the high rise building and the killer's demise reminded me of Dario Argento's "Cat O' Nine Tails" which is another great giallo.

Overall, "The Case of the Bloody Iris" was unique. At least the killer wasn't a priest like in so many other gialli I've recently seen. If I see another giallo where the killer is a priest, I'm going to scream!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Giallo January 25, 2005
By Chris
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good giallo
Pretty good giallo, misdirections on killer as always, Edwige Fenech is beautiful and story moves along... Read more
Published 5 days ago by J. Nixon
4.0 out of 5 stars "To Me, She Was More Than Just A Stripper!"...
THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS opens w/ the murder of a beautiful woman on an elevator. She is butchered by a rubber-gloved, mystery maniac. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time.
Maybe we are just "out of the loop" or getting too old but after about 15 mins of this silliness was all we could take.
Published 8 months ago by The Constant Shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars The Case of the Bloody Iris(1972)
The Case of the Bloody Iris(1972) is a giallo/mystery/thriller from Italy. In Italy, it is known as Perche Quelle Strane Gocce Di Sangue Sul Corpo Di Jennifer(What Are These Drops... Read more
Published on August 21, 2012 by Jorge A. Zarco
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 Stars - Edwige Fenech is always worth watching
For some reason I expected more from 'The Case of the Bloody Iris' - I don't remember exactly now what it was I heard or read that led me to think that this film was a standout in... Read more
Published on August 9, 2011 by Bryan Byrd
3.0 out of 5 stars Sleazy but an above average Giallo
George Hilton stars in this Giallo where there is a murderer killing people in an apartment complex. Obviously someone who lives in the apartment complex is doing it. Read more
Published on December 31, 2008 by D. Steigman
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could have been much better
"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. Read more
Published on April 11, 2008 by M. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Who is killing the great fashion models of Italy?
Like a lot of those 70's Italian sexy thrillers, or "giallos", this movie isn't as trashy as it may initially seem. Read more
Published on January 30, 2007 by Joseph P. Menta, Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars mmmmm, good giallo!
Aldo Lado's 'Case of the Bloody Iris' is a fast paced mystery where the only doldrums are in the one obligatory love scene half way through. Read more
Published on June 2, 2003 by Robert Cossaboon
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