The Case of the Bloody Iris
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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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The giallo-mystery-thriller genre was popular in Italy in the 1960's and the 1970's. By the 1980's, it had run its course and ran out of energy. Mystery novels in Italy are printed with yellow covers. Giallo means "yellow" in Italian.
The Blue Underground DVD version of The Case of the Bloody Iris is a solid package. It has a few extras and the film is presented in anamorphic widescreen format. The English dubbing is decent. The film has some nudity and violent scenes, but it's tame by today's standards. The late Bruno Nicolai composed and conducted an epic, energetic, catchy music score for this film. He was a regular in the giallo-mystery genre. He also wrote music for The Red Queen Kills Seven Times(1972). This film has a sense of nostalgia. You can see Edwige Fenech reflected in a 19 inch UHF color TV. There's a movie poster for a Clint Eastwood movie on the street. There's kaleidoscopic images during flashback scenes. The Case of the Bloody Iris is a solid 1970's cult classic.
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.
My main criticism of the film is that no one takes what happens seriously. The roommate plays a practical joke on Jennifer by pretending to drown in the bathtub, then later refuses to believe Jennifer when she says she saw a shadowy man standing over her bed. When Andrea is threatened at knife point by Jennifer's former husband, he simply starts his car and drives off -- without even mentioning it to the police. Indeed, both Jennifer and Andrea have more interest in romance than concern over the possibility being murdered!
There is some nudity, but relatively little by modern standards: a few brief topless scenes, some costumes that might as well be topless, and a nude love scene. Nothing really salacious by today's standards, but no doubt more so in the 70s when the film was made.
Reviewers of Edwige Fenech's films often mention her beauty. She is gorgeous! But make no mistake, Fenech is also a capable and talented actress who usually gives a solid and convincing performance. I strongly recommend her outrageous Italian farce "Giovannona Long-Thigh", or Mario Bava's black comedy "Five Dolls for an August Moon" for sampling more of her talent.
This film is enjoyable, but not one to watch over and over. It has all the right parts, but the parts do not fit together quite as well as they should. A stronger directer could have made a better film.
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!!!