Life sometimes brings on very strange surprises. I thought I would never see this day, but there is no denying it: I must admit Umberto Lenzi can direct very good films. Sette Orchidee Macchiate di Rosso (Seven Blood-stained Orchids) is a quite enjoyable giallo. I am very impressed.
Having seen Lenzi's infamous cannibal flicks I did not expect much in terms of quality. I was wrong. Sette Orchidee Macchiate di Rosso is a well-structured, beautifully shot thriller. The acting is solid and the directing is very good. Riz Ortolani's score is rather simple and bass driven, kind of trippy and jazzy, and overall it works nicely.
I have watched many obscure giallos lately, and I think I am starting to develop some kind of fetish for the unusually bright and saturated colours in these movies. I also like to see the old telephones and cars. In Sette Orchidee Macchiate di Rosso we get to see a fabulous red Morris Mini car that looks absolutely stunning. The full red colour almost oozes out of the screen when you stare at it in awe. Aah, feels nice! What a feast for the eyes.
I recommend Sette Orchidee Macchiate di Rosso especially to all giallo fans. Personally, I am now on a mission to seek out more Umberto Lenzi giallos to figure out whether they are any good.