Enigma Rosso (1978)

Enigma Rosso (1978, ITA/SPA/GER) C-85m. **½ D: Alberto Negrin. Starring Fabio Testi, Christine Kaufmann, Ivan Desny, Brigitte Wagner, Fausta Avelli, Tony Isbert, John (Jack) Taylor, Helga Liné. Quite good murder mystery, giallo-style, about inspector Testi, who investigates killing of sixteen-year-old girl. At her boarding school she was part of a clique of girls, who have a naughty hobby… and the killer is targeting more teens. Plot sort-of imitates the classic giallo PROFONDO ROSSO (1975), but film lacks Dario Argento's audacity or style. Testi is quite good, though it's a mystery why Kaufmann appears at all. Screenplay is credited to six writers, among them Massimo Dallamano and director Negrin. Expert score by Riz Ortolani. Alternative titles: TRAUMA, RED RINGS OF FEAR, VIRGIN KILLER, VIRGIN TERROR.


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