The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972) from Tuna

The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972) is another giallo that showed restraint in the blood and gore department, and provided copious nudity, along with a darn good whodunnit.


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Originally Perché quelle strane gocce di sangue sul corpo di Jennifer?, it has also been known as Erotic Blue and What Are Those Strange Drops of Blood Doing On Jennifer's Body? Young women are being murdered in an apartment building. There are no shortage of suspects, including the architect/landlord, the lesbian next door, the strange old woman on the other side who always buys horror magazines, the jilted ex of Edwige Fenech, and a host of others. The bungling police are little help, and women keep dying.

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  • 4-disc Box Set

  • four giallo films

Edwige Fenech stars as a model who moves into the apartment vacated by the last murder victim with her model/roommate, Paola Quattrini. The model killed (drowned in her bath) was Carla Brait, who worked in a skin club wrestling men. We have great breast exposure from all three women, buns from Quattrini, and see-throughs from Quattrini and Fenech.

I found it an excellent whodunnit, with plenty of suspense, and enough humor to lighten the tension when it got too heavy.

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IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a B-.

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