Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 11th, 2017
BluRay released: April 17th, 2017 (UK) / April 18th, 2017 (USA)
Approximate running time: 103 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: 18 (UK), NR (USA)
Sound: LPCM Mono English, LPCM Mono Italian
Subtitles: English SDH, English (Italian Language)
BluRay Release: Arrow Video USA
Region Coding: Region A,B / Region 1,2 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95 (USA) / £14.99 (UK)
Synopsis: 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.
The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave 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.
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. 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.
This Release comes with two audio options, a LPCM mono mix in English and a LPCM mono mix in Italian. Both 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. Included with this release are two subtitle options, English SDH and English for the Italian language tracks.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art, 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.
Overall The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave gets a first rate release from Arrow Video.
Note: Arrow Video USA are also releasing this film on DVD.