Friday, July 22, 2005

Poor Edwige

Edwige Fenech in "The Case of the Bloody Iris": the epitomy of the blonde girl concept as we know it today.

I apologise to the fans, but the certainly beautiful brunette offers quite an appalling spectacle in this rather mediocre giallo.
The Giallo genre is often criticised for showing women as objects, which is a comment I usually strongly disagree with. But in this particular case, I would be proven wrong.

Jennifer (Edwige Fenech) is all but a woman in control in this film. In fact she really goes through the story completely clueless, confused, sexy, screaming and driven by her emotions all the time. A caricature.

The film itself is alike: gross and formulaic. Highly predictable.
An embarrassing proof that sadly, sometimes, the Giallo genre was able to make a fool of itself.

Who directed it? Anthony Ascott. A fake name.

Having said that, there are good things about this film too, but I wanted to start by expressing my disappointment. Read also Michael Mackenzie's point of view in his "Giallo Collection" review.


Whiggles said...

I agree with you about The Case of the Bloody Iris. It's entertaining to an extent, but it's also very much the lowest common denominator in gialli. Nothing about it is original or inspired, and all too often it goes for the easiest possible route when portraying different character types. Suspects and victims alike are singled out because of skin colour, sexuality, disfigurement etc. in a way that happens in a lot of gialli, but it seems somehow worse here because it doesn't really have much else going for it.

Mondo Culto Visitor said...

Her best one is "All The Colours Of The Darkness".... A TRUE CULT.

"Perché quelle strane gocce di sangue sul corpo di Jennifer?" is quite good, maybe one of Giuliano Carnimeo's best movies.