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Rings of Fear (1978)

Enigma rosso (original title)
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)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


Inspector Gianni Di Salvo: [holds up hands to depict size] Someone with a cock this big raped Angela Russo and threw her in the river!
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Ok giallo
21 April 2001 | by (Trenton, MI) – See all my reviews

I like giallos a lot, and this one was pretty good, but in some ways it could have been better. I still need to see "What Have They Done To Your Daughters" and "What Have They Done To Solange", as I've heard those two entries are a lot better than this concluding entry, which is also known as "Trauma", "Rings of Fear", and "Virgin Terror". It starts out pretty good, with the mutilated body of a teen girl named Angelo being discovered, and Inspector Di Salvo (Fabio Testi) is assigned to find her killer, before he "carves up someone else". Basically, it goes on with him questioning Angelo's friends and family and finding strange clues, such as a diary, a strange cat sketch, a lot of money, as well as many secrets kept hidden by Angelo's friends, a bunch of slutty schoolgirls named Franca, Paola, and Virginia, who call themselves the inseparables. Di Salvo does more digging and recovers many more strange things. There is a funky groovy score by Riz Ortolani, lots of red herrings, good acting, and a fun first half, but then the second half of the film kind of falls apart. The motives of the killer(s) are confused and come off as kind of laughable. Then, there are a few more strange events that lead up to a conclusion that leaves you uttering one single word: "What?". It is basically confusing. I had to rewind the last fifteen or twenty minutes and watch it again. Overall, if you're a hardcore giallo fan, go for it...but for others, you may just be bored. Hopefully the other entries in the series are better than this one!

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