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

3.0 out of 5

Director "Anthony Ascott", who was known as primarily being a director of Westerns, takes the style over substance approach to this giallo, Case of the Bloody Iris.

Edwige Fenech stars as Jennifer, a fashion model who finds herself stalked by a masked killer when she moves into the apartment of one of the murderer's previous victims. A claustrophobic and stylish thriller ensues, but story-wise this film is about as basic a giallo as you can possibly get.

Instead of using clever storytelling, this film clubs you over the head with red herrings and portrays almost everyone as a suspect. In most but not all cases, this is usually a bad omen which signifies that the identity of the killer will come completely out of left field, a sleight of hand.

This may not necessarily be the case with this instance, but the point here is that those looking for a smart thriller will be disappointed. Fans of Fenech, on the other hand, will not.

Case of the Bloody Iris further proves that Fenech is more than just a pretty face and that few in Italian genre cinema can portray a damsel in distress with the amount of believability and vulnerability as she can.

Case of the Bloody Iris is worth seeking out despite its weak story, thanks to the very stylish aesthetic and a great performance from Fenech.

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