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The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972)

Perché quelle strane gocce di sangue sul corpo di Jennifer? (original title)
Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 10 August 1972 (Italy)
Having recently escaped the clutches of a hippie sex cult, a beautiful model is pursued by a serial killer whose previous victims include former occupants of her new apartment.


Giuliano Carnimeo (as Anthony Ascott)


Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay) (as Ernesto Gastaldy), Ernesto Gastaldi (story) (as Ernesto Gastaldy)





Complete credited cast:
Edwige Fenech ... Jennifer Lansbury
George Hilton ... Andrea Antinori
Paola Quattrini ... Marilyn Ricci
Giampiero Albertini Giampiero Albertini ... Commissioner Enci
Franco Agostini Franco Agostini ... Assistant Commissioner Renzi
Oreste Lionello ... Arthur - Photographer
Ben Carra Ben Carra ... Adam - Jennifer's Ex-Husband (as Ben Carrá)
Carla Brait ... Mizar Harrington
Gianni Pulone Gianni Pulone ... Waiter
Carla Mancini
George Rigaud ... Professor Isaacs - Sheila's Father
Annabella Incontrera ... Sheila Heindricks


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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Mystery | Thriller


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


When Marilyn is taking a bath, she comes out of the water scaring the pair, but her hair is not that wet in the very next shot and is drier as the scene progresses. See more »


Jennifer Lansbury: You don't care who the real murderer is so long as somebody fries for it. You pounce on Andrea, say you know he's guilty because he's crazy. Brilliant police.
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References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

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Stylish And Great Giallo With Sexy Edwige Fenech

Giuliano Carnimeo's "Perché quelle strane gocce di sangue sul corpo di Jennifer?" aka. "The Case Of The Bloody Iris" of 1972 is a great, tantalizing and stylish Giallo that no lover of Italian Horror can afford to miss. A Giallo with Edwige Fenech and George Hilton in the lead should be recommendation enough for a fan of Italian Horror, and this particular film has so much more to offer. I would go even further and say that "The Case Of The Bloody Iris" is a great textbook example for a Giallo: Sleaze and nudity, stylishly violent murders, atmosphere, a jazzy soundtrack and a great cast - this stylish flick has everything that my fellow Giallo-lovers should desire in a film. Nevertheless, I do not agree that this is a giallo-highlight (as some people say). It is a great film, no doubt, but as avid Italian Horror fan (Giallo is one of my favorite genres), I would not name it as one of the highlights of this great sub-genre. That being said, "The Case Of The Bloody Iris" is definitely a great and immensely stylish Giallo that every Horror fan should see.

Seductive beauty queens are being slaughtered one by one in the same house by a masked killer, and the police do not have the slightest clue who the killer could be. When the sexy model Jennifer (Edwige Fenech) moves into a victim's former apartment - and the killer starts stalking her as well...

As mandatory for a good Giallo, the suspense is maintained throughout the movie and the killer's identity and motivations are not revealed until the very end. In a good Giallo almost anybody could be the killer, and "The Case Of The Bloody Iris" sure is no exception here, as almost everybody is suspicious. The characters are very interesting and so is the cast. Sexy Edwige Fenech is always reason enough to see a film, and this is one of the movies that made her a Giallo-queen. George Hilton is also great in the lead, as an architect. Apart from Fenech and Hilton, the cast contains many other familiar faces for fans of Italian genre cinema, such as Giampiero Albertini, who plays the stamp-collecting police commissioner who is investigating the murders. The sexy Carla Brait, who should also be known to genre-fans for her role in Sergio Martino's Giallo-masterpiece "Torso" (1973), is seductive as always as a black stripper. The film is highly atmospheric and excellently photographed in intense colors, and the jazzy soundtrack contributes a lot to the film's style and typical early 70s feeling. All things considered "The Case Of The Bloody Iris" is a great Giallo, that any Horror buff should see. Especially my fellow fans of Italian Horror can not allow themselves to miss this! Highly Recommended!

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10 August 1972 (Italy) See more »

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Galassia Film, Lea Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Sound System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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