When two sisters inherit the family castle, they are plagued by savage murders committed by a black-haired woman in a blood-red cloak -- a description fitting their ancestor, the "Red Queen," whom legend says claims seven lives every hundred years.
Pity those who saw these two giallo gems via faded prints or murky bootleg tapes. NoShame Films proudly presents these genre masterpieces from the twisted mind of Emilio P. Miraglia in their original widescreen glory, in full bloody color, and backed with classic EuroCult scores by Bruno Nicolai
Giallo, proclaims actress Erika Blanc, in an interview on disc one of The Emilio Miraglia Killer Queen Box Set, is back in style thanks to Quentin Tarantino. She must be right, considering the release of this stylish gift box containing not only two DVDs with Italian horror classics The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971) and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times(1972), but copious extras and movie trailers, and a Red Queen action figure. Inappropriate for children, however, director Emilio Miraglias two films contain nude models and beautiful gore. The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, Miraglias masterpiece, tells the story of Alan (Anthony Steffen), a man whose obsession with his disloyal dead wife, Evelyn, causes him to prey upon sexy redheads, including Erika Blanc, who in a classic striptease sequence, strips inside a coffin. When Alan finally overcomes his weakness and remarries to Gladys (Marina Malfatti), she tortures him in a particularly cruel way. In The Red Queen, two sisters, Kitty (Barbara Bouchet) and Evelyn, are cursed by a family painting depicting a seven year-cycle in which a Red Queen is raised from the dead to kill seven times. After Evelyn seemingly perishes and multiple killings ensue, their niece Franziska (Marina Malfatti) and Kitty start to suspect that Evelyn may be the Red Queen. Both films are great Giallo, ripe with high-fashion crime scenes, salacious sets, and spooky scores by Bruno Nicolai. Interviews with both actors and crew educate viewers about the climate needed to create these excellent features. The Emilio Miraglia Killer Queen Box Set deserves a place in the library beside Argentos Suspiria and Bavas Kill, Baby, Kill, though any fan of horror will appreciate its fun packaging. --Trinie Dalton
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