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Iguana with a Tongue of Fire, The

Review by: 
Monkeyman
AKA: 
Die Bestie mit dem feurigen Atem
Release Date: 
1971
Studio: 
N/A
Genre: 
Giallo
Format: 
VHS
Region: 
2 PAL
Aspect Ratio: 
N/A
Directed by: 
Ricardo Freda
Cast: 
Anton Diffring
Luigi Pistilli
Dagmar Lassander
Movie: 
4
Extras: 
0
Bottom Line: 
4

 This is another film which gets no respect from giallo buffs, but is in fact one of my favourites. A young girls body is found in the boot of the Swiss Ambassadors car. The girl has been attacked with a razor and doused with acid, presumably in an attempt to disguise the identity of the body.
 
Inspector Norton is put in charge of the case, and quickly forms a relationship with the ambassadors daughter. More murders occur, with virtually every character falling under suspicion at some point. One particularly amusing scene shows Lassander being menaced during a pea-soup fog (which many people outside of Britain seem to think occur on an almost daily basis!!).
 
The highpoint of the film is its climax, with the deranged killer attacking the Inspectors teenage daughter and mother in a protracted, violent scene, which is particularly lurid with the girl, who looks about sixteen, being semi-naked.
 
As per usual, the idea of more than one killer being at large is used to good effect, with the denouement being a genuine surprise. There is a great performance from Luigi Pistilli in the lead role,and despite reports to the contrary he is ably dubbed with an appropriate Irish accent.
 
Apparently Freda himself didn't like this film, but with the larger than usual dollops of gore on display, and more than one lapse into bad taste, this is a must see for any self-respecting giallo buff.
 
The version reviewed here is of PAL VHS origins. A PAL Region 0 DVD was released by NEW, but is now out of print, and only available on the secondary market.
 

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