Killer Dames | Check out this delicious double-bill of 1970s Italian murder mysteries

Italian director Emilio P Miraglia’s The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971) and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972) get the Arrow treatment on Blu-ray and DVD in a restored, limited edition collection.

At the height of the 1970s Italian murder mystery boom in the early 1970s, scores of filmmakers turned their hand to crafting their own unique takes on these lurid psycho thrillers. One of those was Emilio P Miraglia, who conceived two twisty whodunits that have become favourites of cult film fans.

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). 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…

In The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, an age-old family curse hits sisters Kitty (Barbara Bouchet) and Franziska (Marina Malfatti) following the death of their grandfather Tobias (Rudolf Schündler). 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 on Killer Gems, a limited edition box set (3000 copies) featuring 2K restorations of both films from the original camera negatives in High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD. Both films include original Italian and English soundtracks, newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks, and optional English subtitles for the English soundtracks. Plus, there’s a wealth of bonus features and a 60-page collector’s booklet.

LATEST NEWS!!!! Both The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times will also be available to buy as standalone Blu-ray and DVDs from 17 April from Arrow Vide, with more bonus features.


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