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(aka "Perché quelle strane gocce di sangue sul corpo di Jennifer?" or "Erotic Blue" or "What Are Those Strange Drops of Blood Doing on Jennifer's Body?")

 

directed by Giuliano Carnimeo (as Anthony Ascott)
Italy 1972

When two young women are viciously slain in a luxury high-rise, a beautiful young model (Edwige Fenech of The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh and All the Colours of the Dark) moves into one of their vacated apartments – and soon finds that she is now being stalked by the mysterious killer! The suspects include her ex-husband (a member of a group sex cult), a predatory lesbian neighbor, the deformed son of a sinister widow, and even the building's handsome architect (George Hilton of The Sweet Body of Deborah) who suffers from a paralyzing fear of blood. Can she expose the masked maniac with a taste for luscious women and depraved murder before she becomes his next victim? Directed by Giuliano Carnimeo (under the pseudonym Anthony Ascott) and written by Ernesto Gastaldi (screenwriter of such notorious thrillers as Torso and The Whip and the Body), this shocking giallo is also known as "Erotic Blue" or "What Are Those Strange Drops of Blood Doing on Jennifer's Body?"

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This brisk little thriller is a textbook example of a giallo: Perche Quelle Strane Gocce Di Sangue Sul Corpo Di Jennifer? doesn't make a lot of sense but it keeps the viewer guessing throughout and packs plenty of wild visual excess into its running time. Ernesto Gastaldi's script is thin on characterization and logic but delivers all the elaborate murder setpieces, red herrings and radical plot twists the genre requires. Director Giuliano Carnimeo avoids allowing the viewer to dwell on the gimmicky nature of the storytelling by maintaining a snappy pace and trotting out a vast array of eye-catching visual devices (zooms, fish-eye lens shots, point-of-view camerawork) to keep the viewer's eye dazzled throughout. The performances are limited by the weak characterizations but Edwige Fenech is easy on the eyes as the film's heroine and George Hilton makes a decent square-jawed hero. All these elements make Perche Quelle Strane Gocce Di Sangue Sul Corpo Di Jennifer? a fast-paced, occasionally startling piece of macabre eye candy. Viewers looking for narrative depth won't find much of interest here but fans of 1970's Eurotrash are likely to consider it a kitschy delight.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

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Theatrical Premiere: August 4th, 1972

 

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DVD Review: Blue Underground - Region 1 - NTSC

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Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:34:51
Video

2.29:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.15 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Blue Underground

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 2.23:1

Edition Details:
• Alternate Stabbing Scene (0:27)

• British Trailer (2:31)

• Text screen bio of Giuliano Carnimeo

DVD Release Date: February 26th, 2008
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The Case of the Bloody Iris is a quintessential example of the Giallo genre. This Italian horror/thriller has stabbing knives, leather gloves, a masked killer not revealed till the end, a score by mainstay Bruno Nicolai and both Edwige Fenech and Annabella Incontrera naked.

Blue Underground's, anamorphic, single-layered DVD transfer is in around the 2.23:1 aspect ratio and colors are drab/faded. I expect 1080P would improve the image demonstratively. No damage but it's modest appearance in the lesser format anticipates a high resolution transfer.

Eric tells us: "THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS is a direct port of the Anchor Bay DVD with replaced logos and warning screen. The AB edition was available exclusively in a boxed set with BLOODSTAINED SHADOW, SHORT NIGHT OF THE GLASS DOLLS, and WHO SAW HER DIE? (the other three were released separately)

Lossy Dolby surround track only in the English DUB. The score is by Bruno Nicolai (The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, Face to Face, The Perverse Countess, Torso, Ten Little Indians, Pasolini's Hawks and the Sparrows) which, adds to this Giallo with relatively passive chords augmenting the fleeing scenes, fast edit close-ups of eyes and Jennifer's nightmare. There are no subtitles on the NTSC DVD.

Extras include a brief alternate stabbing scene, the UK trailer and a text bio of the director, Giuliano Carnimeo.

This is an entertaining Giallo - let's hope for it to surface on Blu-ray one day - Arrow? Shameless? Blue Underground?

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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