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The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave [DVD] [1971]

Release Date:09/23/2003
Eclectic DVD is basically a newcomer on the horror company front, but if the disc for The Night Evelyn Came out of the Grave has anything to say about them, it's that their discs should be cheap for what you get. The menu tips you off on the grand time put into the release -- you can either play the film or check out its seven chapters. The back boasts that the flick is uncut too, but one look will tell you the complete opposite. Blatant burps in the video reveal direct cuts and even their hyping of the film in widescreen is a joke, as the screen is nowhere near formatted right (check out the title sequence for more proof). With its washed-out image and mono audio track, there's little doubt that this is a subpar disc -- even if the film is genius.

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    The Night Evelyn Came out of the Grave
    Spaghetti Western veteran Antonio De Teffe (aka Anthony Steffen) stars in this delightfully tacky supernatural giallo from Italian filmmaker Emilio P. Miraglia. De Teffe plays Alan Cunningham, a titled nobleman who has just been released from a mental institution after a breakdown brought about by the death of his beautiful red-haired wife, Evelyn. Alan isn't quite right, and despite loads of helpful advice from his doctor and money-hungry cousin, can't stop picking up red-haired women and dragging them back to his castle dungeon, where his desire to punish his late wife's infidelity leads to some hallucinatory S & M murders. Eventually he meets the beautiful Gladys (Marina Malfatti) and quickly marries her, generating a good deal of anger among his greedy relatives. That's when members of his family start disappearing and the obligatory inheritance plot tightens around the deranged lord, raising the question of whether Evelyn is really dead after all. Miraglia directs with a somewhat plodding style atypical for the normally lively genre, but the film's cheese value is enhanced by a wonderfully schizophrenic score by Bruno Nicolai; an amusingly dotty production design; and enough sex, kinkiness, and violence to satisfy any giallo fan. Erika Blanc (aka Enrica Bianchi Colombatto) makes an impression as one of the strippers Alan brings to his dungeon, Alan's dead aunt (Joan C. Davies) is devoured by a cageful of hungry foxes, and the cast also includes familiar genre faces Umberto Raho and Giacomo Rossi-Stuart. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

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      Vito de Taranto - Lord Alan Cunningham
    • Marina Malfatti
      Marina Malfatti - Gladys
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      Rod Murdock - George
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      Umberto Raho
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      Giacomo Rossi-Stuart

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