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4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2 out of 5 stars

on 3 April 2017
Good, enjoyable giallo. Not quite a gory as some but still plenty of violence to be had, Edwige Fenech looks stunning as always, great camerawork & a fair dose of humour courtesy of a couple of comedy cops, which does thankfully work. Some of the dialogue, with references to sex & race, does date the film somewhat, certainly wouldn't get away with that now! Excellent widescreen transfer & a funky musical core, a great purchase for fans of the subgenre.
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on 21 January 2011
Starring Edwidge Fenech and George Hilton this is a great addition to anyone's giallo collection. It has everything that you want from the genre, incompetent cops, murders committed by a masked and gloved assassin and two handsome leads.
One of the murders takes place in a crowded high street and in front of crowd of shoppers who then all swear blind to the police that our hero (who caught the victim in his arms) actually stabbed the girl.

The film is well transferred to DVD by Blue Underground with great colour and sound. The music score has a very Morricone-esque feel to it and that's no surprise as the composer is Bruno Nicolai who has conducted many of the master's scores.

Extras are and alternate stabbing scene, theatrical trailer and director Anthony Ascott (AKA Giuliano Carnimeo) filmography.
The disc is stated as NTSC Reg. 1, and when it arrived was NTSC region free.
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on 1 September 2017
The music of the magnificent Bruno Nicolai ushers us into a busy street scene in which young blond is travelling across town to meet a friend. An elevator. A gloved figure dressed in black. A knife. A spattering of bright blood. And we’re off …

Lots of scantily clad girls. A camp photographer. Edwige Fenech. An audience of men politely denying a challenge from a dominating model Mizar (Carla Brait): “Let’s you and I do it.” She’s issuing a challenge for a 3-minute wrestling match, of course, and naturally, she wipes the floor with any who accept her challenge. She is not quite so successful when pitted against the mysterious murderer, however …

Fenech plays Jennifer Lansbury, estranged wife of aggressive swinger Adam, who demands she returns to him and his polygamous lifestyle. Too obvious to be the killer, attention then turns to Lansbury, who is used as bait to trap the killer by Commissioner Enci (Giampiero Albertini).

There are some effective set-pieces, my favourite of which is the demise of playful scamp Marilyn (Paola Quattrini) in the middle of a bustling street. As she clutches at the blood gushing out of her stomach, no-one appears to take any notice, or are too busy to care, before she collapses in the arms of handsome Andrea (George Hilton) – who becomes yet another suspect.

There’s an elderly eccentric (and horror comic addict!) who is discovered to be hiding her deformed son David. Naturally, being scarred, he is also a sex fiend (!) with designs on Lansbury. Could he be a further possible felon?

Whoever the murderer is, and I’m not telling, Fenech is the star and quite rightly her character is central throughout (Producer Luciano Martino and Fenech were an item at the time). She is not only a sublime actress that oozes a genuine charisma, but alongside Rosalba Neri, I would say she is one of the faces of giallo. When the tension is ratcheted up toward the end, there’s genuine concern for her. My favourite giallo featuring Fenech continues to be ‘The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh (1971)’, but ‘The Case of the Bloody Iris’ occasionally approaches a similar standard.
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on 21 June 2010
The case of the bloody iris is an early 70's italian gialo film that's slightly cheesy, one of it's highlights is having the attractive Edwige Fenech in the lead. Some previous reviewers have said that it was bloody or violent although I didn't see that but it did have more nudity than your average giallo, its not as violent or gory as other giallos from Mario Bava or Dario Argento. The problem is that the film is more of a murder mystery and it focuses on that aspect more than the violence which is good but if you expect more than that you might be disappointed. There were a few bloody stabbings but that was it most of the characters were strange or bizarre like the photographer who looked like Woody Allen so you wouldn't know who the killer is or maybe it was from all the unintentionally hilarious and bad acting. A beautiful young model named Jennifer played by Edwige Fenech moves into a new apartment with her ditzy blonde roommate however the previous tenant was viciously murdered and the culprit is yet to be found. with more girls being sliced open and surrounded by possible suspects is Jennifer to be the next target of the leather clad murderer armed with a cutthroat razor?. What you get with this film is some very cheesy 70's fashion, disco music and night clubs that have a black exotic dancer/wrestler? also some of the models worked part time as prostitutes so there is a seedy element to this film and the killer might have a problem with women or something like that. Anyway the film was still quite enjoyable but had a few missing elements that usually makes these type of giallos complete.
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on 2 March 2013
A beautiful young woman enters a high-rise apartment and gets on the lift, she doesn't leave the lift alive as she's stabbed several times before having her throat slashed. One day later, a model called Mizar is knocked unconscious and then drowned in her bath tub. An architect called Andrea had wanted to use Mizar to sell apartments, after her death he makes the apartment available to two models, Jennifer and Marilyn. Jennifer soon starts a relationship with Andrea, and she becomes the latest target for the killer. Commissioner Enci and his assistant Redi are on the case and have several suspects that include Andrea, Jennifer's ex-husband who is the head of some type of sex cult, a predatory lesbian neighbour and the deformed son of a strange old woman who reads horror comics.

Giallo legends Edwige Fenech and George Hilton both gave excellent performances as Jennifer and Andrea, there's a lot of chemistry between them. The Case Of The Bloody Iris was the third giallo in just two years in which the two starred opposite one another, The Strange Vice Of Mrs. Wardh is a brilliant giallo from 1971, they then appeared in All The Colors Of The Dark in '72, the same year this film was made. Annabella Incontrera gives a feisty performance as Sheila, the lesbian that lives next door to Jennifer and Marilyn, she earlier appeared in an excellent giallo in '71 called The Black Belly Of The Tarantula. Paola Quattrini puts in a very playful performance as Marilyn, she's very likeable and always fun to watch. The most memorable performances come from Oreste Lionello who plays a gay photographer called Arthur, his campy, over the top performance is hilarious. Giampiero Albertini and Franco Agostino are really funny as the Commissioner and his assistant, they're so inept at their jobs it's brilliant. Enci goes around taking police evidence, flirting with all the women and punching club owners in the face. Redi can't even handle the simplest of tasks, and always has something funny to say. Ben Carra is suitably creepy as Jennifer's ex-husband, and Carla Brait who later showed up in Torso, is convincing as Mizar.

The Case Of The Bloody Iris is beautifully shot by Giuliano Carnimeo, aka Anthony Ascott. I'm not quite sure what happened to Carnimeo, but he went from making this classy giallo, to making the sleazy Rat Man in 1988. The quality between the two films is huge, and despite the fact I enjoy Rat Man for what it is, it's awful compared to this. The screenplay was from the prolific Ernesto Gastaldi, some of his other writing credits are The Strange Vice Of Mrs. Wardh, Case Of The Scorpion's Tail, All The Colors Of The Dark, Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key, Torso, Almost Human and many, many more classic Italian films. Bruno Nicolai, another giallo veteran, composed a wonderful soundtrack. There's quite a bit of nudity in the film, the beautiful Edwige Fenech is the main supplier of such scenes. There's one or two bloody scenes but this isn't one of the bloodier and nasty gialli, the film concentrates more on atmosphere than violence. The film has a lot more comedy than what i'm used to when watching a giallo, but it all works and doesn't ruin the flow or feel of the film.

The picture quality on the US Blue Underground dvd is great, very little print damage and the colours are very strong. Certain scenes are a little soft, but that's no fault of the transfer. Even though I haven't seen it, the old Vipco dvd was supposedly one of the better looking transfers from them, so presumably the Cornerstone Media dvd has the same excellent print. There's no subtitles. The Blue Underground dvd is region 0 so plays on any machine. There's a few extras including an alternate stabbing scene, a trailer and an Anthony Ascott filmography. While it's not one of the very best gialli, it's another very well made and entertaining one that would enhance anyone's giallo collection.
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on 29 May 2011
Jennifer (Edwige Fenech) and her friend both move into a new apartment were the last tenant, a stripper has been drowned in the bath. Things start to get worse when her psychotic ex husband starts stalking her and when she starts a relationship with a mysterious architect (George Hilton). As the death toll rises so do the suspects, could it be her disfigured neighbour with his religious over baring mother, the architect, her lesbian friend or someone else?

As a big Giallo fan I never really had high hopes for this one, but I have to say this is a well made and classy film. Director Giuliano Carnimeo (AKA Anthony Ascott) who mainly worked in the Spaghetti Western genre and is most famous for directing the four official Sartana sequels handles this film very well and doesn't allow it to be ruined by to many cliques.

Edwige Fenech acts well in the lead role and to my amazement actually kept her clothes on for the majority of this film which I can guess won't go down to well with her fans. George Hilton is as usual good as Fenech's love interest and there's also good supporting performances from Giampiero Albertini and George Rigaud.

Bruno Nicolai as usual supplies a good and catchy music score which isn't as good as some of his other work in the Giallo genre but it's still a good soundtrack.

Overall a very interesting Giallo that should be seen by fans of Italian horror.

The DVD is NTSC but although it says its region 1 it is in fact region 0.
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on 16 July 2013
A great movie well acted and a good transfer ;-) found it most enjoyable and a good one to add to any horror slasher fans collection...
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on 20 January 2013
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on 19 November 2015
Great giallo well recommended. Edwige Fenech is brilliant in this one.
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on 19 April 2015
Fine just what I expected
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