August 19, 2017

Giallo Month Review: The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972)

"Giallo, Gothic style."

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068444/
Now here's a Giallo that gives us plenty of the things that made the sub-genre so brilliant back in the day while adding a decidedly Gothic bent to the proceedings, making it a bit of a unique effort. It also throws in a bit of supernatural mystery which makes it even more compelling.

It's really too bad that director Emilio Miraglia only made two Giallo movies in his very short career -this one, and the equally compelling The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave- because they guy had a knack for it.

Odd how both movies center around a girl named Evelyn too...

We begin with young Kitty Wildenbruck innocently playing with her doll when her sister Evelyn steals it and runs off. They end up in their grandfathers study, where Evelyn becomes possessed by a painting, and proceeds to repeatedly stab the doll and ripping it's head off. Then Kitty loses her shit and starts to beat her sister's ass, which prompts Evelyn to reach for the knife to stab her like she did the doll, until grandpa does the rollover with his wheelchair and breaks the two up. Keep in mind that these are 8 year old girls.

WHAT A LITTLE JOY SHE IS.
He then explains to them that the Wildenbruck family has been cursed for centuries by the legend of the Red and Black Queens. They were sisters who hated each other with a passion, so when The Red Queen fell in love and married, The Black Queen would have none of that shit, and stabbed her to death, seven times (seven stabs, because you can't really stab someone to death seven separate times.) Because of this, every hundred years, The Red Queen returns to take her revenge by killing seven people in the family, because this is Italian Horror, and why not?

TO GET THE GIRLS TO STOP TRYING TO KILL ONE ANOTHER, GRANDPAPPY TELLS THEM A TERRIFYING STORY ABUT TWO SISTERS WHO HATED EACH OTHER SO MUCH THAT IT DROVE THEM TO MURDER.
14 years later, Kitty has grown up to be a foxy scoop of gelato who is also a successful photographer. After a mysterious woman in red gives her Grandpa a heart attack, memories of Evelyn and the whole Red Queen thing comes flooding back to her... in the form of people dying all around her.

ITALIAN FOREPLAY.
There's a lot more to the plot that I don't want to spoil for you here, but suffice it to say that the Wildenbruck family has issues, Kitty's boyfriend is a sleazy playboy who bangs just about every woman in the movie, and there's a greasy raper skulking around who wants lots of money and some of Kitty's kitty.

Giallo goodness ensues.

THE RED QUEEN, IN MID-KILL.
A Giallo with a Gorhic Horror flair, TRQK7T is a solid entry into the Gialli pantheon. It's not as heavy on the sexuality as many other films of its kind are, and it wasn't quite as gory as we'd imagined it would be, but overall, this is a pretty enjoyable movie that dazzles with its gorgeous locales, striking cinematography, and the type of atmosphere that Italian Horror flicks from the days of yore could deliver like no other. The score is a standout too.

As per usual for a Giallo, the film's plot is confusing and changes gears in odd ways throughout its overly-convoluted narrative, and will make you say "what the hell?" more than a few times... but that's the beauty of the Giallo, isn't it? Part of the sub-genre's genuine charm comes from the silly plots, overacting, and crazy shit that they offer up in an absolutely serious way.

And can we take a second to acknowledge that not only is Barbara Bouchet smoking hot, but she has genuine talent that would have made her a superstar had she gone the Hollywood route. Good lord is she sexy, and those eyes... expressive on a level all their own.

ONE OF THE GREATS.
I don't know which is harder to accept: the fact that she's wearing that hat un-ironically, or the fact that the massive white box on the table that looks like a computer is an answering machine.

LIFE IN THE 70'S WAS ROUGH.
10% less convoluted plot and 20% more exploitational visuals would have made this Giallo top-tier.

MORE OF THIS. ALWAYS MORE OF THIS.
As per usual with Giallo movies, this one was full of some weird shit.

  • That bats that flapped around people's head without anyone seeing to notice.
  • The random rape scene that happens out of nowhere, cuts away quick, returns to find a distraught Barbara Bouchet in hysterics in a bloodied (WTF?) room, and then is completely forgotten about in short order as things go right back to normal.
  • And where was the third sister, Franziska when they were kids? She's not in the flashback, but she shows up in present day like she's been there the whole time. And for that matter, where are the girls' parents? They're nowhere to be seen, so if the third sister came later, who did she come from?

WHERE THE HELL DID SHE EVEN COME FROM?
This one delivers the goods, with an impressive impaling, the van scene, a car drag, and a head being bashed against some rocks are standout moments.

THIS IS WHY GIRLS SHOULD AVOID GOING ANYWHERE NEAR VANS.
Sybil Danning (who we didn't even recognize) gets naked in this one, and Barbara Bouchet suffers a sexual attack that leaves her naked and afraid.

DON'T WORRY, SHE'LL BE OVER THIS IN LIKE 2O MINUTES.
Gialli are so wonderful to experience because they're stylish as hell, they tend to offer up plenty of gore and tawdry sexuality, and they have atmosphere to spare. TRQK7T is one of the better offerings in the sub-genre, giving us a great heroine to root for, some cool deaths, and some truly "out there" moments to savor.

It's not exactly top-tier, but add this one to your list.

B

The Red Queen Kills Seven Times is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD. It's on Shudder as well.

http://amzn.to/2v11nH6

The incomparable Barbara Bouchet; a very young Sybil Danning; and the lovely Marina Malfatti, who passed away in 2016.

August 18, 2017

Giallo Month: 10 Black-Gloved Killers!

Black-gloved killers are synonymous with Gialli. Sometimes they wear red gloves, or go au naturale, but for the most part, the slicing, dicing, and strangling are done by hands that wear tight, black leather gloves.

Why? Maybe it adds an air of mystery, or maybe it just looks cool.

Here are 10 black-gloved killers from 10 Giallo films that just might be worth your time. Click on the pics for more info on the flicks.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065143/?ref_=nv_sr_1
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078288/?ref_=nv_sr_1
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078288/?ref_=nv_sr_1
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068971/?ref_=tt_rec_tt
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0156329/?ref_=nv_sr_2
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060616/?ref_=nv_sr_3
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060616/?ref_=nv_sr_3
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060616/?ref_=nv_sr_3
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073470/?ref_=nv_sr_1
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084777/?ref_=nv_sr_2

What's New on VOD This Week? (8/15-8/18)

Three new movies, one of them that we'd pay to rent.

*Be sure to click the pics to rent the movies, or watch their trailers. Or both. Or neither. It really depends on your mood, now doesn't it?

*If you aren't already a member, you should really give Amazon Prime a shot, especially if you order movies on the regular like we do, because the free two-day shipping pays for itself after around 10 orders. Check it out for free HERE.

NOW PLAYINGAug 18iAug 18Aug 18[7]
  • The Monster Project is the one to rent this week. I know that a lot of people are tired of the Found Footage formula, but this one actually looks like it might be pretty good. We'll roll the dice on it this weekend.
  • The Ice Cream Truck was a decent watch, but it underwhelmed us overall. If you're looking for something that's a bit different though, it may just be for you. Read our review HERE
  • And finally we have I Know You're in There, which looks like something that we might watch on Netflix if we were bored. Maybe.
  • Happy Streaming!

Giallo Hottie: Barbara Bouchet

Giallo films would be nothing without the gorgeous women who screamed in them, got naked in them, and died in them. They are the heartbeat of Gialli.

Barbara Bouchet is one of the most gorgeous women ever to grace celluloid, and one of the truly great Giallo Scream Queens. The German-born beauty not only has charisma and talent, but she has the face of an angel, hypnotic eyes, and a smoking hot body that she was never afraid to show.

Sure, we love her for her work in the sleazy Giallo films of the 70's, but did you know that she played Moneypenny in the original Casino Royale? Or that she was in Star Trek? Or that she's starred in nearly 100 projects over the span of her 6 decade long career? Most of her roles came between the 60's and 90's, but that's 6 decades worth of sexiness!

Her Giallo work, especially Don't Torture a Duckling, The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, The Black Belly of the Tarantula, and Amuck are all must see movies.

You can see her in some of her many movies and TV appearances by clicking the link below.

http://amzn.to/2vInkt2


An absolute classic beauty who still causes pulses to race to this day.