Blu-ray Movie(s) Review – Killer Dames

Killer Dames
The Night Evelyn Came Out From the Grave
–Directed by Emilio P. Miraglia
–Original Year of Release: 1971
The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
–Directed by Emilio P. Miraglia
–Original Year of Release: 1972
Courtesy of Arrow Video & MVD Distribution
Blu-ray Set Release Date: May 24, 2016

killer dames

The giallo genre is a subset of horror that I’ve only recently discovered. I knew what it was, but I hadn’t had the pleasure of watching any of the films until just a year or so ago. It is a fascinating grouping of movies, though, that contain hybrids of several different genres. The two films in the KILLER DAMES film collection are giallo mysteries, and they are both exquisite examples of why I enjoy the genre so much. Chocked full of intrigue and horror, THE NIGHT EVEYLN CAME OUT FROM THE GRAVE and THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES are must-haves for your movie library!

If you are not familiar with KILLER DAMES, here is the product description courtesy of Arrow Video and MVD Distribution:

At the height of the Italian giallo boom in the early 1970s, scores of filmmakers turned their hand to crafting their own unique takes on these lurid murder-mystery thrillers. This limited edition double pack features two distinctive offerings by Emilio P. Miraglia, which meld twisty whodunit narratives with gothic chills.

In The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, troubled aristocrat Alan Cunningham (Anthony Steffen, Django the B*stard), haunted by the death of his first wife Evelyn, tries to move on by marrying the seductive Gladys (Marina Malfatti, All the Colours of the Dark). Marital bliss is short-lived, however, as various relatives meet untimely and gruesome deaths, prompting speculation that a vengeful Evelyn has risen from the grave…

Meanwhile, in The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, an age-old family curse hits sisters Kitty (Barbara Bouchet, Milano Calibro 9) and Franziska (Marina Malfatti) following the death of their grandfather Tobias (Rudolf Schündler, The Exorcist, Suspiria). Every hundred years, so the legend goes, the bloodthirsty Red Queen returns and claims seven fresh victims. Was Tobias just the first… and are Kitty and Franziska next?

With both films making their worldwide Blu-ray debuts in stunning new 2K restorations, there has never been a better time to explore these little-seen giallo gems!

Seems like I mention this often when I’m talking about Arrow Video and MVD Distribution, but I absolutely love the obscure titles they find to release. Not only do they add to my movie knowledge, but these titles are also vastly entertaining.

Both films in the KILLER DAMES set are shot well and look great onscreen. The 2K restorations look stunning, and therefore the picture quality ranks up there with some of the best refurbishments I’ve seen. Likewise, the sound quality is great as well. Both films rocked on my surround sound.

The films themselves are interesting and fun to watch. I never got bored, and I found myself enthralled with both stories. For being 40+ years old, the mystery in each movie is engaging and kept me guessing.

My favorite film of the two has to be THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE. This one made me reevaluate my assumptions as to who the killer was several times. And the ending has a couple of nice twists I didn’t see coming. At the end, when the credits rolled, I sat there with a grin on myself. It is truly a satisfying movie experience.

KILLER DAMES is an excellent set, and I highly recommend adding it to your movie collection. In addition to some great vintage giallo horror, you’ll get a nice dose of intrigue and even a hint of some decent gore. This set is available now, so make a note. KILLER DAMES also boasts some great extra features, including:

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

MSB

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *