Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 11th, 2017
BluRay released: April 17th, 2017 (UK) / April 18th, 2017 (USA)
Approximate running time: 99 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: 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.
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.
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, 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.
Overall Red Queen Kills 7 Times gets a solid release from Arrow Video USA.
Note: Arrow Video USA are also releasing this film on DVD.