The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971) Director: Emilio P. Miraglia (18)

The second film in the recently released double bill Dual-Format Blu-Ray and DVD ‘Killer Dames: Two Gothic Chillers by Emilio P. Miraglia’, this is a kinky little affair with great style and glorious giallo thrills.
Anthony Steffan plays Alan, an aristocrat who has been released from a mental institution following the death of his wife Evelyn. Evelyn was a redhead and it turns out Alan has quite the fetish for them, as he lures redheaded prostitutes and strippers back to his English mansion to torture and kill them. He does it as revenge for seeing Evelyn having sex with another man and to deal with his own grief and guilt. The scenes in his mansion are still quite shocking, even by today’s standards, and uncomfortable to watch.
Alan then meets Gladys (Marina Malfatti), another redhead, whom he marries and she’s in the heart of the danger. There’s some spectacular shots of Evelyn – like an undead siren – beckoning Alan to her tomb and a build-up to a gruesome conclusion.
It’s an intelligent entry in the Italian giallo collection, and Miraglia is a solid director with a talent for beautiful filmmaking which makes his movies a joy to watch. Once again, Arrow Video releases another classic. Don’t miss too the spectacular Go-go dancing scene – so groovy!
4/5 whips and chains - ooooooh!