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Killer Dames: Two Gothic Chillers by Emilio P. Miraglia: The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave / Red Queen Kills 7 Times – Limited Edition (BluRay / DVD Combo) 
Written by: on May 20th, 2016


Theatrical Release Date: Italy, August 18th, 1971 (The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave), August 18th, 1972 (Red Queen Kills 7 Times)
Director: Emilio Miraglia (Both Films)
Writers: Massimo Felisatti, Fabio Pittorru, Emilio Miraglia (The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave), Emilio Miraglia, Fabio Pittorru (Red Queen Kills 7 Times)
Cast: Anthony Steffen, Marina Malfatti, Erika Blanc, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart (The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave), Barbara Bouchet, Ugo Pagliai, Marina Malfatti, Marino Masé, Sybil Danning (Red Queen Kills 7 Times)

BluRay released: May 30th, 2015 (UK) / May 24th, 2015 (USA)
Approximate running times: 103 Minutes (The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave), 99 Minutes (Red Queen Kills 7 Times)
Aspect Ratios: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC (Both Films)
Rating: 18 (UK), NR (USA)
Sound: LPCM Mono English, LPCM Mono Italian (Both Films)
Subtitles: English SDH, English (Italian Language)
BluRay Release: Arrow Video USA
Region Coding: Region A,B / Region 1,2 NTSC
Retail Price: $69.95 (USA) / £44.99 (UK)


The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave: Lord Alan Cunningham (Anthony Steffen) hasn’t been himself since his wife Evelyn passed away. He has been luring young women who resemble his deceased wife to his abandoned castle where he tortures then with sadistic pleasure until they lay lifeless like his wife Evelyn who continues to haunt him. While at a party Lord Cunningham meets a woman named Gladys (Marina Malfatti) who he becomes quickly infatuated with and they get married immediately. Lord Cunningham’s madness is subdued by his love for Gladys that is until those around him start to die in mysterious ways.

Director Emilio Miraglia’s, The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave would mark his first foray into the thriller genre. Miraglia with The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and later with Red Queen Kills 7 Times would infuse his thrillers with elements that are traditionally associated with ghost like Mario Bava’s gothic supernatural masterpiece Kill Baby Kill. One must not overlook Lorenzo Baraldi production design and art direction which add an incredible amount of atmosphere to the film.

Evelyn like many Italian thrillers made during the early 1970’s features a cast of who’s who in European cinema at the time. Anthony Steffen leads the cast as Lord Alan Cunningham. He is most known to Euro cult fans for his role in Django the Bastard and his performance in The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave is just as moody. Giacomo Rossi-Stuart is no stranger to supernatural thrillers having worked with Mario Bava on Kill Baby Kill. He has a brief role in this film as Dr. Richard Timberlane that really never goes anywhere as the character is one dimensional.

Two Euro cult beauties play a large part in the plot for The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave. Marina Malfatti convincingly plays Gladys Lord Cunningham’s second wife. Erika Blanc who also has Kill Baby Kill connections plays the part of Suzie a stripper in The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave. Blanc without a doubt has the most memorable scene in the film as she comes out of a coffin and performs her stripping routine.

Composer Bruno Nicolai delivers another majestic score that is equally ominous and captivating. The plot for The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave is one of the stronger and more original you will find in the giallo genre. The killer’s motive and identity are a well-kept secret tell the final act. There is a fair share of women taking their clothes and the violence while not as bloody as other giallo’s does push the limits of good taste to the extreme. Overall The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave is an efficient thriller that is full of ambiance and style.

Red Queen Kills 7 Times: Kitty (Barbara Bouchet) and her sister Evelyn have been at each other’s throats since they were young children. Their grandfather told them a story about a Red Queen who kills seven victims every one hundred years. Fast forward fourteen years later Kitty now works as a fashion photographer. After the death of her grandfather her and her siblings are told they must wait one year before they can fully assume their inheritance. When a few of Kitty’s co-workers start turning of dead she starts to believe that may be the tale her grandfather told her is true and that the Red Queen has come to collect her seven victims.

Red Queen Kills 7 Times sees director Emilio Miraglia return the thriller genre and this time around he has a larger budget and bigger stars. Miraglia’s direction has always been fluid and with Red Queen Kills 7 Times he takes everything he had experimented with while making The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and he expands upon them tenfold. Lorenzo Baraldi returns as production design and his sets are even more impressive this time around and the actors / actresses dress in the highest fashion.

The cast for Red Queen Kills 7 Times is led by the stunningly beautiful Barbara Bouchet who gives hands down her best performance of her career. She shows as Kitty that she can cat fight with the best of them and her depth as an actress is really showcased when her character is raped by a blackmailer. Marina Malfatti who also worked with Emilio Miraglia on The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave portrays the role of Franziska Kitty’s older sister. This time she is given more to do and she really shines in what is nothing more than a secondary role. Sybil Danning in one of her earliest roles plays the part of fashion model Lulu Palm. The role is brief still Danning exploits her screen time to the fullest.

Red Queen Kills 7 Times has a solid plot that is filled with many clever plot twists and turns. Composer Bruno Nicolai’s score for Red Queen Kills 7 Times is dazzling as it hits all the notes. The violence in Red Queen Kills 7 Times is bloody and sadistic. Also like all good giallo’s then is plenty of nudity in this one. While watching Red Queen Kills 7 Times one may have the feeling of déjà vu since some of the elements of this films plot resemble Mario Bava’s Blood and Black Lace. Overall Red Queen Kills 7 Times is one of the most satisfying giallo’s as it perfectly balances its back story with its murder set pieces.

The BluRay:

The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. This transfer has been sourced from a brand new 2k restoration from the film’s original camera negative.

Red Queen Kills 7 Times comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. This transfer has been sourced from a brand new 2k restoration from the film’s original camera negative.

Colors and flesh tones look accurate, black levels remain solid throughout and details always look crisp. Also Grain looks natural and there are no issues with DNR or compression. Overall both of these films get new transfers that are vastly superior to all their previous home video releases.

Each film comes with two audio options, a LPCM mono mix in English and a LPCM mono mix in Italian. All audio mixes are in great shape as they exhibit good range and when it comes to the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack these moments are well represented. Also dialog always comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced. With the only differences in these audio mixes being one’s preference in regards to English or Italian. Also includes with this release are two subtitle options, English SDH and English for the Italian language tracks.

Extras for The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave include, English and Italian language (with English subtitles) trailers for the film (both trailers have the same running time 2 minutes 44 seconds), a brand new interview with Erica Blanc titled The Night Erika Came Out of the Grave (9 minutes 44 seconds, in Italian with English subtitles), an interview with Nightmare USA author Steven Thrower titled Remembering Evelyn (15 minutes 12 seconds) and an audio commentary with author / film critic Troy Howarth.

Topics discussed in the interview with Erica Blanc include, the sexy dance that she performed in The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, working with Anthony Steffen and a key sequence involving S&M and the castle location featured in the film.

Topics discussed in the interview with Steven Thrower include, he reveals the film’s original title before it was changed to the title it is now known under, how this film is a blend of Gothic horror and the Giallo genre, the cast and information about them, key sequences in the film and he discusses the film in-depth.

Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, what is a gillao, Gothic thrillers set in the present, cast and information about them, Emilio Miraglia and his legacy as a filmmaker and key giallo films.

Extras ported over from No Shame’s 2006 release include, an introduction to the film with actress Erika Blanc (37 seconds, in Italian with English subtitles), an interview with Erika Blanc titled The Whip and the Body (20 minutes 57 seconds, in Italian with English subtitles) and production designer Lorenzo Baraldi titled Still Rising from the Grave (22 minutes 49 seconds, in Italian with English subtitles).

Topics discussed in the extra titled The Whip and the Body include, how the film was shot on location in a decaying castle, how she choreographed the striptease her character preforms in the film, who the Italian filmmakers in the 1970’s were craftsmen’s and how today’s Italian cinema lack’s artistry and various other films that she has worked on.

Topics discussed in the extra titled Still Rising from the Grave include, his is early days in the filmmaking business, his cinema influences, how he got his big break as a production designer and working with Emilio Miraglia.

Extras for Red Queen Kills 7 Times include, an alternate opening for the film (40 seconds), English and Italian language (with English subtitles) trailers for the film (both trailers have the same running time 3 minutes 13 seconds), an interview with actress Sybil Danning titled Life of Lulu (19 minutes 47 seconds), an interview with Nightmare USA author Steven Thrower titled The Red Reign (13 minutes 48 seconds) and an audio commentary with films critics / authors Alan Jones and Kim Newman.

Topics discussed in the interview with Sybil Danning include, her thoughts on the character she portrays in Red Queen Kills 7 Times, her transition from modeling to acting, working with Emilio Miraglia, on set memories for Red Queen Kills 7 Times, Alberto Spagnoli and the look of the film.

Topics discussed in the interview with Steven Thrower include, how Red Queen Kills 7 Times like The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave are giallo / Gothic hybrids, he explores this films many twists and turns, locations featured in the film, Alberto Spagnoli and the look of the film, Bruno Nicolai’s score for the film and Emilio Miraglia legacy as a filmmaker.

Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, the differences between the export version and Italian language version, Bruno Nicolai’s score, the cast and information about them, locations featured in the film, Emilio Miraglia and his legacy as a filmmaker and their thoughts on the film.

Extras ported over from No Shame’s 2006 release include, an introduction to the film (38 seconds, in Italian with English subtitles) and an interview with production designer Lorenzo Baraldi titled Dead a Porter (13 minutes 38 seconds, in Italian with English subtitles), an interview with actor Marino Masé titled Round up the Usual Suspects (18 minutes 24 seconds, in Italian with English subtitles) and two brief segments – the first one titled If I met Emilio Miraglia Today (4 minutes 14 seconds, in Italian with English subtitles) and the second one is titled My Favorite… Films (59 seconds, in Italian with English subtitles).

Topics discussed in the interview with Lorenzo Baraldi include, how the success of The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and how it led to the making of Red Queen Kills 7 Times, how fashion designer Mila Schon made the clothes that the female cast members wear in the film, Alberto Spagnoli and the look of the film and working with Emilio Miraglia.

Topics discussed in the interview with Marino Masé include, how Red Queen Kills 7 Times was overall a very enjoyable working experience, film censorship, he fondly remembers the cast and his experiences working with them on this film and various other directors he worked with and films that he appeared in.

The extra titled If I met Emilio Miraglia Today features comments from Marino Masé, Lorenzo Baraldi and Erika Blanc. They all fondly remember Emilio Miraglia and discuss his legacy as a filmmaker.

The extra titled My Favorite… Film and in this brief segment actress Barbara Bouchet talks about various Giallo’s that she has appeared in.

Rounding out the extras is reversible cover art options for each film and a sixty-page booklet with cast & crew information for each film, four essay – the first essay is titled Grave Pleasures: Revisiting The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave written by James Blackford, the second essay is titled The Night Evelyn Came Back As Queen written by Kat Ellinger, the third essay is titled Style And Emilio Miraglia written by Rachael Nisbet and the fourth essay is titled Genre Hopping In The Italian Giallo written by Leonard Jacobs and information about the restorations / transfers.

Also included with this release are DVD’s for each film that have the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo release. Overall Arrow Video’s Killer Dames: Two Gothic Chillers by Emilio P. Miraglia is another exceptional release that is guaranteed to headline the majority of best of 2017 releases list, highly recommended.

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