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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful:
Gritty and sleazy, but holds back too much on the violence, 8 June 2006
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England
Even though he only shares a writing credit with five other people, Red
Rings of Fear is credited as being the third instalment of Massimo
Dallamano's unofficial 'Schoolgirls in Peril' series; the masterpiece
What Have They Done to Solange and the disappointing What They Done to
Our Daughters being the other two. I went into this film with low
expectations after seeing the second part of the 'trilogy', and
unfortunately Red Rings of Fear only lived up to those expectations as
while it has its moments, the film is certainly no masterpiece. For one
reason or another, Dallamano himself hasn't directed this film, and the
honour of the director's chair has fallen to the lesser known Alberto
Negrin. The film retains the sleazy atmosphere that the first two
delighted in, and once again focuses on schoolgirls. Red Rings of Fear
starts with the discovery of a young girl's corpse. After being put on
the case, Inspector Gianni Di Salvo soon learns that the girl was a
part of a school clique known as 'The Inseparables', and a plot
revolving around rich men paying them for sex soon unfolds.
The film stars Fabio Testi, who also took the lead role in the far better 'What Have they Done to Solange'. I've seen Testi in a handful of Italian films, and he always impresses me. His chiselled good looks benefit this film as it's easy to see him at the centre of a sleazy plot, and his performance bodes well with the rest of the film. He receives decent backup from a trio of teenage actresses, as well as child star Fauta Avelli, who has worked with the likes of Lucio Fulci and Dario Argento in the past. Any film focusing on teenage girls, murder and loss of innocence is bound to be sleazy; and director Alberto Negrin does well in capturing gritty locations and upping the sleaze quota. However, the plotting isn't very well done and often becomes hard to follow - and the film also focuses too much on police procedure and not enough on the style. There are a few decent murder scenes in the film, but none of them are particularly well executed and it often feels as though the director wants to get them over with as quickly as possible, which is a shame. The resolution to the murders is good, although the killer has become obvious by that point; and I really hated how the film ends entirely. On the whole; Red Rings of Fear is slightly better than What Have they Done to Our Daughters, but nowhere near as good as Solange. I'd like to rate this higher, but it has too many problems.
9 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
Ok giallo, 21 April 2001
Author: ehoshaw from Trenton, MI
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!
10 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
School's out Sleaze class just started!, 4 April 2007
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls
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?".
6 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Muted., 22 April 2005
Author: Oliver Onions from Austin, TX
Far from terrible, but also far from terribly exciting, this Giallo should have had much more bite as its predecessors in the "school girl trilogy", Massimo Dallamo's "Cosa Avente Solange" and "La Polizia chiede aiuto". Blame must go to Alberto Negrin's tame direction and Testi's slow-moving "investigation" that severely dulls the sparse suspense. The are fair scenes where Negrin displays some flair in the film, but it is not difficult to spot the Argento influence, particularly "Cat O' Nine Tails." Apparently Negrin mostly helmed television before "Rosso" which might explain his limited palette. Dallamo's painterly hand is severely missed, but a few intriguing ideas such as the slutty trio of girls "the Insperables" and a hilariously improbable killer make "Enigma Rosso" worth watching at least once if you can find it.
5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Unsettling - and convoluted - giallo, 3 January 2007
This rather obscure giallo is relatively tame in terms of gore, but gets its creepiness from certain plot elements, like the young age of some important characters. The plot has too many suspects to keep track of and is difficult to follow at times, but that's not surprising considering that SIX (!) people worked on the script. Add some high-grade nudity from some VERY beautiful schoolgirls, a bizarre method of interrogation (choking the suspect while on a wild roller-coaster ride!), and a perfectly functional Fabio Testi performance in the lead and you have an uneven but creepy giallo. Too bad I only saw a badly cropped version of it, called "Trauma". (**1/2)
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
The student body, 29 February 2012
Author: Chris. from Australia
Marginally better than average giallo centres on an exclusive girl's
school where the studies include mass orgies, gory retributions and
murder. Detective (Testi) is called to investigate the brutal murder of
a student and begins to suspect there's more going on at the school
than just maths & science. A familiar trail is uncovered, highlighting
several likely suspects (ubiquitous Euro horror ex-pat American, Jack
Taylor primarily) who may or may not be the actual killer. There's also
a neat little twist in the film's double-headed climax, although
arguably, it could've been more effectively resolved.
Testi is a likable leading man, his portly sidekick Bruno Alessandro also effective as they use unconventional methods in an attempt to solve the politically sensitive case. Jack Taylor is typically sinister as a sleazy fashion guru (the roller-coaster scene memorable), and Ivan Desny prominent as the police chief. Unusually, the dubbing isn't bad and doesn't detract so much from the film like others of the ilk. There's a fair quota of skin on display here, and the occasional ghastly corpse will heighten the senses.
Director Negrin displays a solid appreciation for the sub-genre and while it's probably not strictly giallo for the puritanical fan, it serves the purpose well and maintains the mystery and suspense through to the dual climax.
4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
unadulterated Eurosleaze, 13 March 2004
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
(POTENTIAL SPOILERS) This is the third entry of Massimo Dallamano's trilogy of "schoolgirl giallos"--following What Have You Done to Solange? and What Have They Done to Your Daughters?--and it is by far the most disturbing. All three films have nasty, potentially misogynistic, plots and an unhealthy fascination with teenage girls. Solange?, however, mitigated the sleaze a little with an appealing international cast including Fabio Testi, Christina Galbo and Camille Keaton. Daughters? was a more low-budget, entirely Italian affair with younger-looking girls, but it was well-plotted and (relatively) restrained. Enigma Rosso (or Trauma), however,combines the full-frontal nudity and sex of Solange? with the younger-looking cast of Daughters? and adds the most sordid plot yet. Without giving too much away it involves the same teenage prostitution angle of Daughters? and a slight variation on the extremely tasteless means of murder employed in Solange? (and perhaps borrowed years later for the "lust" sequence in Seven7). The first two Dallamano movies are surprisingly good and worth seeing, but this one goes a little too far.
5 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
RINGS OF FEAR (Alberto Negrin, 1978) **1/2, 18 September 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Naxxar, Malta
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Third and least of a series of ‘schoolgirl’ gialli: the previous two,
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? (1972) and WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOUR
DAUGHTERS? (1974), were both directed by Massimo Dallamano – he
co-wrote this but, since he died in 1976 and the film was released a
couple of years later, it appears that he only managed to be involved
during the early stages of the writing.
Anyway, the earlier films had tackled the subject matter from different angles – the first from the viewpoint of a suspect and the second from that of the police. The third entry should have taken yet another view – perhaps from that of a possible victim – but, being an Italian/West German/Spanish co-production, the casting of Fabio Testi (graduating from the suspected teacher in SOLANGE to a police inspector) prevailed as well as that of German actress Christine Kaufmann in, basically, a nothing role! While the plot isn’t particularly involving and fairly muddled until the various threads come together at the end, the film provides the usual quota of thrills, gore and sleaze: especially interesting is the cross-cutting (albeit too brief) between an orgy and an abortion, but also notable is the scene where marbles are used for purposes of murder (a girl slips down a flight of stairs and, symbolically, brings to the ground with her the statue representing the saint after which the school is named). Incidentally, both the original title – which translates to RIDDLE IN RED – and the English RINGS OF FEAR prove meaningless!
The score by the usually-reliable Riz Ortolani does the job but it’s nowhere near as memorable as the work of Ennio Morricone on WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? and that of Stelvio Cipriani on WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOUR DAUGHTERS? Still, the identity of the corrupt official exposed by the investigation (there's always one but, this time, he also doubles as the killer!) is interesting – and even more so that of the “Nemesis” figure, whose messages (quoting poet Robert Burns) turn up intermittently throughout. The supporting cast includes veteran German actor Ivan Desny as Testi’s superior and Jess Franco regular Jack Taylor as the depraved but gutless owner of a shop for women’s clothing. The English dubbing wasn’t too bad under the circumstances, though the image quality of my DivX copy was soft and incredibly murky (especially during scenes set in the dark).
6 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
German DVD kinda cropped but best available, 6 February 2009
Author: bflocket from United States
I purchased the German DVD released by Eyecatcher Movies. The picture
quality is decent (in terms of sharpness, grain, color, etc.) but it is
cropped (moreso on 4x3 TVs).
It was released in Germany in 2008 by Eyecatcher Movies and/or New Entertainment as "Orgie des Todes / Enigma Rosso." The disc has German, English and Spanish audio (DD 2.0 - mono/stereo?) and German subtitles. It may be uncut, as the box lists 84 minutes. I don't know many details about PAL/NTSC conversion, but know that PAL running times are slightly longer when played in NTSC.
The case SAYS that it is 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. It is not. It is cropped to 1.85:1 or maybe even 1.66:1. You get better compositions and picture info than the mid-80s Wizard Video release, but when you can't read all of the opening titles, you know it is still cropped. But it sure beats a full-screen transfer of a 2.35:1 film, which is all that I had seen until I got this disc.
*My ratings score (5) was for the DVD transfer/quality rather than the film, which I like more than a "5."
*** I was watching it (when I wrote this) on a "regular" TV. The aspect ratio appears closer to 2.35:1 on a widescreen TV, but there IS some cropping which can be seen in the opening credits (words extending beyond screen).***
1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
The killer of sexy virgins., 19 November 2010
Author: HumanoidOfFlesh from Chyby, Poland
A young sixteen year old girl is found dead in a river sexually violated with a blunt instrument.Inspector Di Salvo investigate this vicious and senseless crime in St Theresa's boarding school for girls.Unknown black gloved killer called Nemesis begins preying on girls from the school.It seems that there is a vice ring where rich and influential men pay well for teenage favours.The final installment of Massimo Dallamano's schoolgirls-in-peril giallo trilogy offers some delicious sleaze and full-frontal nudity.The pace is brisk and the school shower scene is truly gratuitous.There are some stylish shots for example an underwater shot from the corpse's point-of-view.Riz Ortolani's score is as always fantastic.8 nubile schoolgirls out of 10.
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