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Thursday, July 27, 2017

La Dama Rossa Uccide Sette Volte (aka The Red Queen Kills Seven Times) (1972)

A grandfather (Rudolf Schundler) tells his two little granddaughters the legend of the Red Queen who returns from the dead every 100 years to kill seven people and the seventh is always a direct descendant of the Red Queen ..... like them! 14 years later, the grandfather dies under mysterious circumstances and a woman in a red cloak is seen fleeing the castle! Six more deaths to go! Co-written and directed by Emilio Miraglia, this is a stylish entertainment and if you're a fan of the giallo, this should be pleasing. Even if you're not a fan of the genre, it's a more than decent murder mystery and if the solution is fairly predictable, the getting there is half the fun! The film is set in the world of fashion which allows a bevy of beauties to parade before the camera but with only Barbara Bouchet (playing one of the surviving Red Queen's descendants) and Sybil Danning doing the nudity honors. Also nice is that the killings are divided about equally between male and female so that it's not all about killing women. A big shout out to Alberto Spagnoli's cinematography and Bruno Nicolai's Morricone-ish underscore. With Ugo Pagliai, Marina Malfatti, Marino Mase, Pia Giancaro and Nino Korda.    

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