Rings of Fear / Enigma rosso (1978)

2.5 out of 5

Star Fabio Testi is as stoic as ever in the third film of the loose ‘schoolgirl trilogy’ begun with Massimo Dallamano’s What Have You Done to Solange? and What Have They Done to Your Daughters?

When the body of a teenage girl is found with horribly mutilated genitalia, Inspector Gianni De Salvo sets out on the trail to catch the psycho responsible. On his quest he interrogates her best friends, who are receiving threatening notes from someone signing off as ‘Nemesis’, and the teachers at the private school she attended, but the prime suspect seems to be a shifty boutique owner played by none other than Jess Franco regular Jack Taylor. Along the way memorable moments include an interrogation on a rollercoaster and some hot curling tongues rammed into someone’s jugular vein.

TV director Alberto Negrin it seems has none of the panache of Dallamano, who sadly passed away two years before this final entry saw the light of day. However, Enigma Rosso is still a mildly enjoyable little giallo, even if it never quite manages to rise above fair-to-middling status.

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