Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hello! This is the Doomed Show Episode 13 - The Case of the Bloody Iris

Brad and I return to the world of the giallo with The Case of the Bloody Iris. In the middle of the show, I start drinking and things turn out... Well? Enjoy the episode! You can download the episode, listen to the episode, and even subscribe to us on iTunes there. And don't forget to check out our older episodes on the archives over at Doomed Moviethon.


  1. I wanna call in on your podcast sometime...

  2. @Justin - Would love to have you! We'll figure that out. It's just Brad (who doesn't have Skype) on the landline and me sitting at my desk right now.

  3. Just lemme know. I can figure out how to get Skype if need be...

  4. As regards the content of this show, I will never - ever - understand your 'Murder Obsession' obsession, Richard. It defies all reason. ;)

    Brad's question over whether 'Bloody Iris' is pastiche or (intentional) parody is an interesting one, and the information regarding Oreste Lionello and the other comedic actors cast in the film (who would have been recognized by Italian audiences of the time) certainly alters my understanding of the film somewhat. It can sometimes be difficult to determine whether the comedic aspect of gialli is intentional or not, and certainly 40 years and the entirely different social/cultural context informing our viewing of these films muddies the water somewhat. And that's to say nothing of (what I assume is) the distinctly Italian form of humor that punctuates the genre - although one might argue such humor is indicative of a certain type of late 60s/early 70s cinema rather than being Italian per se.

    I've intentionally avoided 'The Bloodsucker Leads the Dance' due to its terrible reputation, but your description of a questionable scene between Benussi and Pigozzi has me itching to see it. :) And, I agree: 'The Crimes of the Black Cat' is terrific (when seen in a quality version), and I can't believe it hasn't found a (decent) DVD release beyond bootleg.

    I haven't made it through the whole show yet, but your and Brad's attention to odd things in the film (i.e. posters on walls) are really fun.

    And Brad: I can't believe 'All the Colors of the Dark' is your favorite Martino gialli! Maybe it's yet to 'grow' on me as Richard suggests it can, but...ugh!

  5. David-
    Thanks for listening and commenting!
    I can believe that All The Colors Of The Dark being my current favorite Martino giallo is a little out of the ordinary but it hit me just right the last time I saw it in December. My first favorite Martino was The Case Of The Scorpion's Tail (it was the only one I had seen!) and then it was Torso. Richard would say Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key is his, what's yours? -Brad

    1. My favourite? Definitely 'Scorpion's Tail' - I think it's near flawless, and Martino's best film. Indeed, I'd be tempted to use it to introduce the genre to a new viewer. I'd also rank 'Suspicious Death of a Minor' as one of his best, even though it's something of a hybrid cop film.

      I'll have to revisit 'All The Colors of the Dark' and see how it sits with me circa 2012. :)

  6. Now that is impressive! I always liked The Case Of The Scorpion's Tail but found most gialliheads didn't think as much of it. Is it the absence of Edwige? The substitution of Anita Strindberg? I will have to watch it again keeping in mind that you think it is Martino's best. Oh and I just saw Suspected Death for the first time last week. That was a great film. -Brad