THE IGUANA WITH THE TONGUE OF FIRE

Riccardo Freda, Italy, 1971, Arrow Films, Horror

One of several “animal-in-the-title” followers released in the wake of Dario Argento’s box-office smash THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, this is one gloriously excessive giallo boasting a rogues’ gallery of perverse characters, violent fetishized murders and a truly nonsensical, red-herring laden plot which sees every incidental character hinted at potentially being the killer.

Set in Dublin, Ireland -- a rather surprising giallo setting -- IGUANA opens audaciously with an acid-throwing, razor-wielding maniac. The victim’s mangled corpse is discovered in a limousine owned by a Swiss ambassador and an investigation is launched, but when the murdering continues and the ambassador claims diplomatic immunity, a tough ex-cop is brought in to find the killer.

Benefitting from a sumptuous score by Stelvio Cipriani (A BAY OF BLOOD, TENTACLES) and exuberant supporting performances from Valentina Cortese (THE POSSESSED) and Dagmar Lassander (THE FRIGHTENED WOMAN.) A luridly over-the-top latter-day entry in the filmography of acclaimed director Riccardo Freda (CALTIKI, THE IMMORTAL MONSTER.)

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Details

  • 92 min.
  • Color
  • 1.85:1

Formats

  • DCP

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