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KILLER DAMES: TWO GOTHIC THRILLERS BY EMILIO P. MIRAGLIA

KILLER DAMES: TWO GOTHIC THRILLERS BY EMILIO P. MIRAGLIA

KILLER DAMES: TWO GOTHIC THRILLERS BY EMILIO P. MIRAGLIA 7

KILLER DAMES REVIEWED

“Killer Dames” takes two underseen Giallo from the mid 1970s and uses them to introduce American audiences to Miraglia. Americans should embrace the Giallo far more, as we seem to dig the murder mystery. But, the Italians handled it better. Rather than turning the crime solver or detective into a heroic messiah, the Italian sprinkle in nudity, gore and sexual situations to raise a few eyebrows. I know several film nerds that study the material like Benedict monks. Honestly, I’m just interested in the lead actresses.

“The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave” is my favorite of the two films. But, let’s be serious. This one is more of a horror movie than a Giallo. Issues of possession and hauntings stalk the film, but let’s be honest. This is a movie about a murdering dude with a kink for redheads. The man’s family starts to die off one by one, as Evelyn seems to have returned. While the film is pretty killer, it doesn’t match up to what we expect for this kind of Italian horror. Take that for what you will, but Evelyn is hot. Totally super hot.

“The Red Queen Kills Seven Times” feels like another Italian horror movie about a family curse. But, this one plays out more as a straight murder mystery. The Red Queen stalks the film in a supernatural way, but it’s done in the same way as the Ghostface Killer in Scream. You know that there’s a person there, but you don’t know how many people or how they’re doing it. Miraglia plays with concepts that Williamson and others would be praised for using 20 years later.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • 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
  • 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

A/V STATS

  • 2.35:1 1080p transfer
  • DTS-HD mono

RELEASE DATE: 5/24/2016

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    Video - 98%
  • 94%
    Audio - 94%
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    Supplemental Material - 97%
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The Plot Thus Far

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!

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