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Killer Dames: Two Gothic Chillers By Emilio P. Miraglia

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Posted: 05/13/2016 | Comments: 2 | Rate:

Actors: Anthony Steffen, Marina Malfatti, Erika Blanc, Barbara Bouchet, Sybil Danning

Synopsis: A 4-disc Limited Edition box set containing "The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave" and "The Red Queen Kills Seven Times"

In the early 1970s, scores of Italian filmmakers crafted their own takes on murder-mystery thrillers. Emilio P. Miraglia was one such filmmaker. “In The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave”, troubled aristocrat Alan Cunningham (Anthony Steffen), haunted by the death of his first wife Evelyn, tries to move on by marrying the seductive Gladys (Marina Malfatti). However, as various relatives meet untimely and horrible deaths, there is speculation that a vengeful Evelyn has risen from the grave…

The film exploits mental illness to present a string of sadistic sexual murders and is a distinctly gothic take on the Italian thriller genre, making the most of creepy settings like an old and decrepit castle, a shadowy mausoleum, and a torture dungeon. Even though the well-worn plot of a mentally unstable character being pushed to the edge by the sudden appearance of a ghost is nothing new, it works here because of some unexpected twists and its final reel, Anthony Steffen turns in a hammy performance that alternates between suave cool and crazy. There are a few daring scenes of gore.

“The Red Queen Kills Seven Times” is about a generations old family curse hits sisters Kitty (Barbara Bouchet) and Franziska (Marina Malfatti) after the death of their grandfather Tobias (Rudolf Schündler). Legend has it that very hundred years, the bloodthirsty Red Queen returns and claims seven fresh victims. If Tobias was the first in this new cycle, the sisters wonder if they are next to die.

This is more of a traditional murder mystery Set in a castle in Germany, the Wildenbrück family is visited by a curse involving ill-fated twins and a murderous phantom known as The Red Queen. A prologue establishes the back-story in which little Kitty Wildenbrück accidentally kills her sister. The girls’ grandfather answers their questions about family portrait — of a lady with a bloody knife standing over her victim.

Years later Kitty runs an upscale fashion photography studio when more killings of women occur. First Rosemary (Maria Pia Giancaro) is attacked in a delivery vehicle and then the gorgeous but predatory model Lulu (Sybil Danning) meets a bloody end. The police are skeptical when witnesses report a mysterious person known as the “Red Queen” running from the murder scenes. Suspicion falls on fashion executive Martin Hoffman (Ugo Pagliai) when he benefits from the murder of a superior.

There is lots of gore— either-people are bashed over the head, stabbed in the hand or decapitated.

Both films are making their worldwide Blu-ray debuts in stunning new 2K restorations from Arrow Films and are part of a four DVD boxed set, “Killer Dames”.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:
- Limited Edition box set (3000 copies) containing The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
- Brand new 2K restorations of the films from the original camera negatives
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
- Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio (lossless DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray Discs)
- Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
- Limited Edition 60-page booklet containing new writing by James Blackford, Kat Ellinger, Leonard Jacobs and Rachael Nisbet

“THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE”
- New audio commentary by Troy Howarth
- Exclusive introduction by actress Erika Blanc
- Writer Stephen Thrower on The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave
- The Night Erika Came Out of the Grave exclusive interview with Erika Blanc
- The Whip and the Body archival interview with Erika Blanc
- Still Rising from the Grave archival interview with production designer Lorenzo Baraldi
- Original Italian and US theatrical trailers
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

“THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES”
- New audio commentary by Alan Jones and Kim Newman
- Writer Stephen Thrower on The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
- Archival introduction by production/costume designer Lorenzo Baraldi
- Dead à Porter archival interview with Lorenzo Baraldi
- Rounding Up the Usual Suspects archival interview with actor Marino Masé
- If I Met Emilio Miraglia Today archival featurette with Erika Blanc, Lorenzo Baraldi and Marino Masé
- My Favourite… Films archival interview with actress Barbara Bouchet
- Alternative opening
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

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