Night She Rose from the Tomb / Cold Blooded Beast (both 1971) UK Quad DB Poster
Visually The Night She Rose From the Tomb is the giallo Antonioni would have made - sumptuous modern styling with gothic trappings, obviously influenced by Bava and Argento. Director Emilio Miraglia followed this with the equally arresting The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972), his last film - indeed, Miraglia's entire directing career was over in a six year period. The script by Massimo Felisatti and Fabio Pitturru who had written The Weekend Murders the year before, has a wealthy lord descending into madness after the death of his unfaithful red-haired wife. He seeks lookalikes whom he seduces, tortures and murders, while simultaneously the phantom of his wife appears, to drive him deeper into insanity - or does it?
The Cold Blooded Beast is the masked killer who roams an isolated clinic for rich women, who suffer from a suitably cinematic range of psychological problems. The clinic unfortunately has an abundance of medieval weapons used as decorations, which are put to good use by the killer. The film is essentially a series of beautiful naked women having sex and then being murdered, but not really shot with any style or enthusiasm by Fernando Di Leo, who was on firmer ground with his excellent policiers like Milano Calibro 9 (1972) and Murder Inferno (1973).
Aka: The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, La notte che Evelyn uscì dalla tomba, La crypte du fou / La bestia uccide a sangue freddo, Asylum Erotica, Slaughter Hotel
Condition: GOOD / VERY GOOD - left centre horizontal fold separated to centre - repaired to rear with archival tape