Case of the Bloody Iris, The / Perché quelle strane gocce di sangue sul corpo di Jennifer? (1972)

3.5 out of 5

From it's inception the story of giallo is one of many twists as the genre re-invented itself time and again. Sometimes this was in ways which could be seen as innovative or experimental as with Footprints, sometimes playing to the lowest common denominator as in the case of Strip Nude For Your Killer or even by being completely silly as with Sisters Of Ursula and it's dildo weilding killer. Case of the Bloody Iris resembles none of the above. It is neither innovative nor original and that is not always a bad thing.

Case Of The Bloody Iris is a textbook giallo by numbers with a gloved, fedorra wearing masked killer. Starring the giallo dream team of Edwige Fenech and George Hilton this Ernesto Gastaldi penned effort is reminiscent of his Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh from the previous year with some stylistic nods to Bava, Argento and Martino.

Case of the Bloody Iris is an extremely enjoyable if generic giallo with some comic relief provided in the dialogue written for the stamp collecting Commissioner Enci (Giampiero Albertini) and Paola Quattrini as wisecracking model Marilyn.

While this giallo did not have the highest of body counts the stylised murders that are expected of the genre are present. A well executed killing in a crowded street is particularly memorable.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics