Disc 1: La Dama Rossa Uccide Sette Volte
(The Red Queen Kills SevenTimes) 1972
The rich Wildenbrook's lives in an impressive castle
in Germany (the film was shot in Würzberg in Bavaria) and their
family and the castle
is tied to a curse, the local legend about the Red Queen. Supposedly
once upon a time there were 2 sisters who hated each other living in
the castle, and finally one killed the other and the latter rose from
her grave to extract revenge and killed 7 people. Every 100 year this
is supposed to happen and when one of the Wildenbrook sisters, Kitty
(Barbara Bouchet), accidently kills her sister Evelyn and buries
her down in the castle dungeons, and when in 1972 a century has passed
since the last re-animation from the grave, something will happen.
Kitty has growned up with her sisters Fransisca (Marina
Malfatti) and Evelyn (now dead ... maybe?) and Kitty works for a Fashion
and/or fashion clothing seller as a photographer. Aaah, the Gialli fashion
house, so popular in the genre and something that our own Swedish
Arne Mattsson may have started with his proto-giallo Mannekäng
i rött, 1958, and who Mario Bava continued with his Blood and Black
So, there are lots of suspicious persons working at the Springe Fashion
House and lots of fodder for the murderer when the inevitable happen,
when a darkhaired and hysterically laughing woman in a red cape appears
and starts killing people, The Red Queen has risen from the grave.
Disc 1: La Notte che Evelyn Usci' dalla
Tomba (The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave/The Night She Arose from
the Tomb) 1971:
Entertaining gothic giallo with an introduction by Erika
Blanc (Bianchi Colombatto). The rich castle-owner Lord Alan Cunningham
Steffen) has become a mental case after the death of his wife Evelyn
and he kills an unlucky red-haired prostitute in his torture dungeon,
and then another one, maybe, or not, as we're not sure if red-haired
stripper Susan (Erika Blanc) is killed or not.
In the circle around rich and crazy Alan moves his cousin George, his
doctor Richard, his lawyer Farley, a paraplegic aunt, his brother-in-law
and his soon to become new wife, Gladys (Marina Malfatti).
Alan is seriously fucked up - but he's stinking rich and has got relatives,
so could there be an archetypal Giallo plot scheme going on?
Anamorphic widescreen 2.35:1, italian or english mono
audio with english subtitles.
Extras: The Whip and the Body - Interview with Erica Blanc during her
doing her make-up (20 minutes, 2005), Still Rising from the Grave -
Interview with production designer Lorenzo Baraldi (21 minutes, 2006),
trailers and a stills gallery