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The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972)
"Perché quelle strane gocce di sangue sul corpo di Jennifer?" (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Jennifer Lansbury
George Hilton ...
Andrea Barto
Annabella Incontrera ...
Sheila Heindricks
Paola Quattrini ...
Marilyn Ricci
Giampiero Albertini ...
Commissioner Enci
Franco Agostini ...
Redi - commissioner assistant
Oreste Lionello ...
Ben Carra ...
Ex-Marito Di Jennifer
Carla Brait ...
Mizar Harrington
Gianni Pulone ...
Carla Mancini
George Rigaud ...
Professor Isaacs, Sheila's father


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!


Mystery | Thriller


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Release Date:

4 August 1972 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

The Case of the Bloody Iris  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

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


Andrea Barto: Don't thank me just yet, wait till I try to make it with you - then you'll see what a bastard I am.
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References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

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The quintessential Italian giallo?
10 March 2005 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This is not a great movie but it might be THE quintessential giallo. It is garish and highly-stylized--the director, Anthony Ascott, is no Bava or Argento (or even Sergio Martino) but he does a really decent job here. It stars Edwige Fenech (and her breasts) as another hysterical victim. It's also completely ridiculous--Fenech and her ditzy roommate move into an apartment where not only has the previous tenant been murdered, but so have several other women. There they are surrounded by the reddest possible herrings including a lesbian violinist, a comic-obsessed mutant who lives with his overly-protective mother, and the shady landlord (George Hilton)who quickly becomes Fenech's new beau. Fenech's weirdo ex-husband, who is apparently the leader of some strange 70's sex cult, is also lurking around. Yet the two women seem remarkably unconcerned. The badly-dubbed, sexpot roommate even plays a practical joke where she pretends to be drowned in the bathtub just like the apartment's previous murder victim!

I read somewhere that gialli were/are very popular with gays. With this movie, I could definitely see it. It's VERY campy. Fenech and her roommate are both models and I imagine gays would enjoy some of the ridiculous outfits they're wearing as much as straight guys will enjoy watching them strip out of them. On the other hand, some may find the ridiculously flamboyant photographer character and the sleazy lesbian a bit offensive. This movie is definitely sexist and perhaps a little racist (the bathtub murder victim is black), but its also an enjoyable antidote for the starchy political correctness of today's cinema. Besides, NOBODY could possibly take this movie too seriously.

I did have one problem though with the lurid Italian title--there is at no point any drops of blood on the body of Jennifer (Fenech). Believe me, you would see them if there were.

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