15 July 2024
The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972)
103 min.
Directed by Emilio P. Miraglia.
With Barbara Bouchet, Sybil Danning, Marina Malfatti, Ugo Pagliai, Marino Masé, Fabrizio Moresco.
The director of The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971) delivers this enjoyable (if a bit overly plotted) giallo.

The noble Wildenbrück family is plagued by a curse that dates back centuries.

Long ago, two sisters (the Red Queen & the Black Queen) despised each other with a passion-filled hate.

In anger, one dark day the Black Queen murdered her sis, and so it would seem their deep enmity would finally be laid to rest.

But legend has it the Red Queen returns every 100 years to take her revenge...by killing 7 people in and around the family.

Flash to the present: fashion photographer Kitty Wildenbrück (Bouchet) is untroubled by the ancient myths of her family.

That is, until people around her begin to die at the hands of a mysterious red-cloaked, knife-wielding ripper!

Could the ghost of Kitty's dead sister Evelyn have risen from the grave for revenge? Or is it the Red Queen - returned to fill her bloody quota?

Chock a block with red herrings galore and a surplus of characters, Miraglia's stylish and classy giallo is definitely worth seeing. It's a satisying blend of gothic and modern horror.

Lovely scream queen Bouchet is always a pleasure to watch and the whole enterprise is buoyed by a number of thrilling death pieces.

Italian: La Dama Rossa Uccide Sette Volte.

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