Sette orchidee macchiate di rosso (Seven Blood-Stained Orchids) (1972)





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This uneven thriller directed by Umberto Lenzi was the final Rialto Film Company adaptation of an Edgar Wallace mystery (The Puzzle of the Silver Half-Moons), as tastes were changing and the German "krimi" genre was dying in favor of the sexier, bloodier Italian "giallo." In this awkward German-Italian co-production, Lenzi straddles the two genres with confused results. The story concerns a young man named Mario (Antonio Sabato), whose pretty wife Julia (Uschi Glass) narrowly escapes being the third victim of a maniacal killer. The police are baffled, but Julia recognizes seeing the other two victims at an old hotel on the same day several years before. There were actually seven women there on that day, and one of them left the scene of a car accident where an American named Frank Saunders bled to death. Mario tries to find out who the killer is by shaking down a gay heroin addict who later hangs himself, while the police make observations such as "All criminals are out of their minds." The solution is completely predictable, but Lenzi provides some effective suspense sequences and gore to keep it interesting. Pier Paolo Capponi, Rossella Falk, Franco Fantasia, and Carla Mancini also appear, while Marisa Mell plays twin sisters, one of whom is brutally murdered with a power-drill. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
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Uschi Glas
as Giulia
Marisa Mell
as Giuseppina-Maria
Renato Romano
as Pastore
Petra Schuermann
as Concetta
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Digging into some Umberto Lenzi for a change of pace in my recent viewing: Another fun little Giallo, black gloves, boobs and blood, all of the usual earmarks of the genre and well worth a look. Give that mother a rental.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

Not one of the best Italian giallos, Seven Blood Stained Orchids is a sometimes stylish and tense thriller but more often than not devolves cliches that are not strung together very well. Still, Lenzi keeps things relatively interesting, but this is certainly one of the more minor giallos.

Al Miller
Al Miller

Another killer is out for serial revenge and killing apparently random women. The only clue to link it all together is a stupid half moon key ring. While the back story holds up fairly well, it is pretty stupid. The big reveal of the killer's identity is shocking because of his profession, but it would have been more effective had the killer been at play throughout the movie - which he isn't. Great death scene for Marissa Mell, though, which in the commentary Lenzi claims was stolen by Depalma in Body Double, which is funny. So in short, an effective Giallo with a surprisingly good story, but almost utterly forgettable - kind of like a Sunday Night Mystery, all that was missing was McCloud.

R.John Xerxes
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