Perché quelle strane gocce di sangue sul corpo di Jennifer? (The Case of the Bloody Iris) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

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

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September 23, 2015
Fantastic, slow burning, beautiful and above all captivating.
July 25, 2015
Stylish, alluring, and agreeable, "The Case of the Bloody Iris" is a straightforward giallo less notable for its dextrous offings and more for leading lady Edwige Fenech, the inarguable queen of the genre. While never reaching the orgasmic heights of other masterpieces of the era (most helmed by Dario Argento and Mario Bava, of course), "The Case of the Bloody Iris" is still a splendidly fun (albeit gory) murder mystery that embraces its ridiculousness and makes up for convoluted time with sophisticated design and worthy blood-soaked set pieces. It's an admirable time waster, a slasher dressed to the nines in pre-De Palma swank.
As in all gialli, a gloved killer wrapped in sharp black is mercilessly butchering physically beautiful young women for kicks, this time in a luxurious high rise apartment. Days after two women are murdered in a twenty-four hour period, models Jennifer (Edwige Fenech) and Marilyn (Paola Quattrini) move into one of the victims' apartment, hardly worried about the room's sordid past. "Life goes on," Marilyn scoffs, as if wishing to jinx herself into murder mystery oblivion. But it doesn't take long for the pair to realize that such things can hardly be laughed off, especially when considering the building itself seems to contain a number of shady characters easily able to commit such heinous acts. Suspects include a stereotyped lesbian neighbor, a misogynistic old woman that lives with her disturbingly deformed son, and even Jennifer's love interest (George Hilton), an architect with a crippling phobia of blood. And it doesn't help that Jennifer's maniacal ex-husband (Ben Carra) enjoys spending his days stalking his former wife instead of making a living.
In order to fully enjoy "The Case of the Bloody Iris", one must disregard the horrendous dubbing, the severely stiff performances, and the regularly asinine script - because this is a film about style and Edwige Fenech, not much else. (Those expecting the normal amount of generous giallo gore will be sorely disappointed.) The first murder is exquisitely shot - with hardly a word of dialogue to spare, it follows a comely blonde from a telephone booth to her apartment building's elevator, where she winds up slashed to death after the passengers depart one by one. Clearly inspiration for Angie Dickinson's gruesome offing in "Dressed to Kill" (which is miles better), the scene sets the tone of the film: absurd but competently suspenseful. Because much of the film is absurd - Jennifer's religious cult backstory is unneeded and contains a gratuitous orgy scene (hardly graphic) more laughable than tantalizing, and her bad habit of wandering away from safety in a time of danger is maddening - but, for the most part, "The Case of the Bloody Iris" classes it up while later '70s peers of the "Black Christmas" mindset didn't. It cares more about how it appears than how it builds intellectually, so thank God it looks like the chic second cousin of "Blowup" or some other mod infused character study.
Best of all is Edwige Fenech: never have I seen her in one of her famous gialli (those were directed by Sergio Martino, and I'm still in the process of trying to find a copy to view), and this film gives an idea as to why she is an underground legend. With her cat eyes, voluptuous figure, and jet black hair, it's impossible not to stare at her, mouth agape and all. One can hardly call her a fine actress, but Fenech has presence, a characteristic hardly found in other giallo women like Barbara Bouchet or Ida Galli. The camera clings to her composure almost passively; she can turn a poorly executed scene into a work of art by merely acting as its center. Maybe her films with Martino are better, but "The Case of the Bloody Iris" is a giallo minor but palatable.
½ February 28, 2015
Below average Giallo thriller with Jennifer moving into an apartment building where beautiful young women are being murdered.
½ December 13, 2014
Pretty straight forward for a giallo plot wise with some stunning camera angles and handheld work, although it's glaringly obvious who the killer is!
September 12, 2014
A diamond that i've been slipped for a long time, but eventually i've had the pleasant opportunity to watch it last night...Italian masterpiece!
½ January 15, 2014
While the overall story is a bit implausible, the liberal use of Edwige Fenech is always cause for celebration, and this is well worth a rental if only to see her being cute and sexy in a vintage setting.

Well worth a rental.
August 11, 2012
Nothing's more deadly to these sexy not to bright socialite models in these Giallo's then living in a sweet penthouse pad.
½ March 31, 2012
Giallo fever: A middling but competently directed 70's slice of sexy suspense. Oglers of genre beauty Edwige Fenech won't complain.
Super Reviewer
December 15, 2011
Very good Giallo with a fun side to go with it's viciousness. It's a typical generic example of the sub-genre but it does everything so well to elevate it above many others. Good pacing, violent deaths, likeable characters, plenty of suspects, georgeous women and some bare flesh. One of my favourite Giallos!
½ November 17, 2011
Offbeat, above average giallo thriller. The slick style, some pretty odd humor (the dubbed dialogue is pretty unusual), and a colorful cast of characters, headline by genre stalwart Edwige Fenech make this great entertainment for fans of the genre.
August 14, 2011
Sex, violence and not much else.
June 29, 2011
Good example of a giallo film with plenty of nudity and some rather tame gore
½ May 19, 2011
Not as good as ' The strange vice of Mrs wardh'.
April 25, 2011
"The Case of the Blody Iris" est non seulement connu pour être un autre giallo avec la belle Fenech, mais c'est aussi le film dont la scène de l'ascenseur a précédé celle du très bon "Dressed to Kill" ! Ici, dans un immeuble, un tueur en série sévit et le coupable semble évident, mais gare aux faux semblants !

Je ne connais pas trop le réalisateur de celui-là, mais en tout cas il s'est très bien débrouillé avec ce giallo qui n'en finit plus de partager des gênes avec le slasher américain. Fidèle à la recette du whodunit, ce film là est quand même un petit peu plus malin que les autres et on se laisse facilement prendre au piège quand à l'identité du tueur. Pour le reste c'est la même chose, Fenech toujours elle, qui survit malgré qu'on en veuille à sa peau, mais c'est bien fait, et on prend toujours le même plaisir, alors pourquoi gâcher son plaisir !
½ April 16, 2011
AKA 'What Are Those Strange Drops of Blood Doing on Jennifer's Body?', which is one of the coolest titles ever!
April 16, 2011
Pretty average giallo, the music was all wrong and far from menacing! Definitely could have used some Morricone or Goblin!
Super Reviewer
½ December 13, 2010
A giallo where the two main characters aren't interesting, but the movie gets you on their side anyway. The plot modestly draws us along, and comes together pretty well around a variety of lunatic events.

Hilton and Fenech are very good separately here, though their chemistry together isn't as good as in other movies. Hilton does a good giallo-style Cary Grant. And he has a better fight scene than I remember Cary Grant ever having. Frano Augstini gets comic relief and some humanity into the movie out of the stock supporting role of the half-competent, half-bumbling policeman.

The camera movement has very little poetry and doesn't contribute atmosphere, but there is a lot of swish-zoom work that doesn't stick out and makes fast connections between framings. Giallo fans could focus on this aspect of the movie alone, because it's a masterly example of the use of zoom and handheld camera in the genre. On the other hand, the movie also has a very generous perception of how much light is created in a dark room by one match.

The literal translation of the title is "What are those strange drops of blood doing on Jennifer's body?" Good question. Here's another one: What makes drops of blood on a body "strange drops" of blood? Are they square-shaped or something? In fact, one of the characters is afraid of blood, and any drops that end up on the person of our sexy heroine, Jennifer, are not strange at all, just red and icky like usual. The epilogue of the movie is unnecessary but seems to celebrate all the trashiness that has transpired.
August 26, 2010
A decent giallo with the ever able George Hilton and the superb edwige fenech. Has it's Moments but I struggled with it at points when it tended to drag on. Still I'd watch it again.
March 27, 2010
So, the iris had nowt to do with anything. Still, pretty nifty in places, although not as interesting as I'd hoped.
½ March 4, 2010
even by giallic standards, the plot is absolute nonsense (not to mention the film's title), yet it's hard not to like for its imaginative camera angles, marvellous set pieces, and the captivating presence of Edwige Fenech
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