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Enigma rosso (1978)

A detective investigating the murder of a teenage girl begins to focus his suspicions on the three girlfriends of the victim, who call themselves "The Inseparables."



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Inspector Gianni Di Salvo
Chief Inspector Louis Roccaglio
Jack Taylor ...
Michael Parravicini
Bruno Alessandro ...
Di Salvo's Assistant
Miss Graham
Helga Liné ...
Mrs. Russo
Silvia Aguilar ...
Virginia Nardini
Taida Urruzola ...
Tony Isbert ...
Max van der Weyden
Fausta Avelli ...
Emily Russo
Fabián Conde ...
Mr. Mandel
Brigitte Wagner ...
Carmen Carro


A detective investigating the murder of a teenage girl begins to focus his suspicions on the three girlfriends of the victim, who call themselves "The Inseparables."

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Sweet sixteen ... they'll lose more than just their lives.


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Release Date:

19 August 1978 (Italy)  »

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Red Rings of Fear  »

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The Wizard Video release (entitled "Trauma") credits Arthur Kennedy on the cover, even though he's nowhere in the movie. See more »


Roccaglio: Somebody really made a mess of her belly - cut it up this long.
[holds up hands to depict size]
Roccaglio: Really awesome.
Inspector Gianni Di Salvo: You come up with the strangest choice of words sometimes.
Roccaglio: I come up with my vocabulary by studying the Readers Digest
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L'Intoccabile Mr. Cliff
From Si può essere più bastardi dell'ispettore Cliff? (1973)
Written and Conducted by Riz Ortolani
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School's out … Sleaze class just started!
4 April 2007 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Naughty schoolgirls, perverted killers and unorthodox police officers… What more could you possibly hope to see in a late 70's Italian Giallo, apart from perhaps some large portions of graphic nudity and gritty bloodshed? Well, "Rings of Fear" has ALL of this (and more…), but still it certainly doesn't rank among the best efforts in this wondrous sub genre of horror. Even though no less than SIX persons are credited as scriptwriters, this film undoubtedly is the weakest installment in Massimo Dallamano's trilogy revolving on "Schoolgirls in Peril". The unofficial franchise began magnificently, with "What Have You Done To Solange?" – arguably one of the best Gialli ever made – but already lowered in quality a bit with "What Have They Done To Our Daughters", which felt more like a crime film with loads of car chases and gangster networks. "Rings of Fear", however, features the least amount of surprises and shocks and painfully suffers from the one demerit Gialli should never suffer from: predictability! Dallamano and his army of co-writers attempt to mislead us with red herrings and mysteriously behaving side characters, but even if you're only just slightly familiar with the standard Giallo trademarks, you can see right through every plot twist and easily unravel the identity of the culprit(s) yourself. It nevertheless remains a worthwhile horror gem for Italian horror fanatics to purchase, though, if it were only to behold the awkward and thoroughly unorthodox investigation methods Insp. Gianni Di Salvo (Fabio Testi) uses to unmask his sleazy killer. Di Salvo is charged with the case of an attractive 16-year-old schoolgirl who was raped and sadistically cut open with a large sharp weapon. The victim's witty younger sister informs him that Angela, along with three of her boarding school girlfriends, formed a secret alliance known as "The Inseparables" and frequently escaped from their dorm to serve as lustful & sexy entertainment for rich businessmen. Di Salvo knows where to look for the killer, but due to some of the suspects' prominent reputations the commissioner holds him back. "Rings of Fear" is an overall amusing Giallo because the story contains so many odd & unusual sub plots. For example, the inspector's girlfriend is a notorious shoplifter and his own interrogation techniques are rather ingenious, to say the least. He invades the boarding school in the middle of the night to question the scarcely dressed teachers and even drags his main suspect onto a wild roller coaster to force him to testify. The gorgeous (barely legal?) teenage girls provide this film with a more than fair amount of full-frontal nudity and lusciousness; while the light-hearted dialogs and Testi's utterly cool performance contribute in making "Rings of Fear" easy and undemanding viewing. The exciting score is courtesy of Riz Ortolani ("Cannibal Holocaust") and Alberto Negrin's direction is overall competent. Recommended viewing for trained Italian sleaze-fanatics, but newcomers to the Giallo-industry should probably postpone their viewing of "Rings of Fear" until they've seen some of the works of Dario Argento and Sergio Martino, or Massimo Dallamano's initial masterpiece "What Have You Done To Solange?".

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