6/27/11

The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971)

The worms are waiting!

The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave
This is a supernatural horror/giallo which doesn't initially seem like a giallo because we know who the killer is.  It's our protagonist.  He's not just a murderer, though.  He terrorizes and tortures his female victims with shackles and whips before he kills them.  But then strange, supernatural things begin to happen and people in his household start to die which drives our 'hero" to the brink of insanity... again!

A heavily drugged and extremely wealthy Lord Alan Cunningham manages to escape from a mental institution and flees to his castle estate.  Perhaps he was institutionalized for being crazy enough to wear ascots in public.  Zing!

He uses his charm and vast financial resources to "seduce" redheaded strippers and prostitutes who look like his dead wife, and then he tortures and kills them in the comfort and seclusion of a hidden S&M dungeon in his castle home.  He is tormented by the memory of his dead, red-haired wife and kills again and again in an attempt to drive her from his warped mind, but to no avail.

"So what's on the agenda there, Mr. Furley?"
Lord Cunningham's friend is aware of his fragile mental condition and takes him to a party to get out of the castle and socialize a little.  Alan sees a beautiful blonde there and is immediately smitten.  They go back to his place for a little bump and grind and afterwards he proposes.

After the marriage, Alan's original healthy mental state is restored and he no longer has homicidal tendencies toward redheads... much.  But then a redheaded woman who looks exactly like his dead wife is seen in and around the castle, and when his new blonde wife opens up the first wife's coffin, the body is gone.

People close to Alan are found murdered and the redheaded woman, or ghost, or whatever she is (I don't want to give it away), torments Alan to the point of madness. Who or what is behind it all?

Violence Rating/Index: 3 out of 5 - which means it's really not that violent for a giallo but there's a scene involving a paralyzed woman and a cage of ravenous foxes which is worth seeing.

Booby Rating/Index: 3.5 out of 5 - Lots of sex, nudity and boobies but not so many boobies that I tire of seeing them, according to the Rating System.  - Click to see the nude scenes.



23 comments:

Henry said...

It doesn't sound all that special but I like that rating lol

D4 said...

This one looks like all kinds of messed up fun. It goes on to the list!

TheAnswerMVP2001 said...

Is this related to the Red Queen Kills Seven Times? From the pictures they at least share one of same actress plus that film was about a woman named Evelyn. Red Queen came out a year later so maybe that was a sequel to this...

Banacek said...

@TheAnswerMVP I think Miraglia just liked Marina Malfatti and the name Evelyn. I don't believe there is a direct correlation between the two films but I could be wrong.

ed said...

an insane person driven to insanity? hmm
i like the colored effects in the clip

Astronomy Pirate said...

I've actually seen this one! It was a pretty great movie.

AllenTesch said...

I think it needs a shorter title. And an actual boobie picture? I like.

Daniel said...

she look hot, lol

The Angry Lurker said...

Looks weird enough to be good and a good boobie rating.

Copyboy said...

"socialize a little" always has dire consequences in 80s horror.

-E- said...

i can't wait until i can have netflix again. you've really inspired me!

Laughing Vault said...

it looks pretty good :)

Bart said...

ohhhh bobbies!

Kicking Rocks said...

skull lady is scary!

MWfishe said...

Old school horrorporn. The predecessor to todays tortureporn, but with more...heart maybe? It's tough to say pron has heart, but it's the closest I can get.

Jay said...

boobs!

Zombie said...

for a chick with a skull face she has nice boobs. lol.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Great choice Banacek! This and Miraglia's other giallo, The Red Queen Kills Seven Times are two of my favorites.

movie68 said...

nice review, always looking for different movies to watch.

Major.Mack said...

yeah after watching toxic avenger....i have to start paying more attention to these movies :)

Aaron M. Gipson said...

Man, some guys really go nuts for redheads I guess. I wonder how hard this one will be to find.

hoaks2 said...

This looks quite good. Interesting premise. Good amount of boobage. Anti-hero. Will check it out. But I'm not too crazy on the title. It sounds like a romantic comedy gone wrong.

T. Roger Thomas said...

The artwork for the cover of this movie is enough to make me want to watch!

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