(aka "Die Grotte der vergessenen leichen" or "La Notte che Evelyn uscì dalla tomba")

directed by Emilio P. Miraglia
Italy 1971

Horror film aficionados have no shortage of Italian slasher and giallo DVDs to pick from, and No Shame Films steps to the front of the crowd with this attention-getting limited edition 2-disc boxed set. The oversized box holds a toy figurine of the villainess known as the Red Queen: A masked redhead in black tights and a red cape, brandishing a bloody dagger.

Red-headed women must have been a personal issue with director Emilio P. Miraglia, as both of these blatantly misogynistic exercises in bloodshed have murderous, scheming women at their center. In a genre not known for subtlety, these pictures take the attitude that any female not under the firm control of a man is a potential sex maniac.

1971's The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (La notte che Evelyn uscì dalla tomba) exploits mental illness to present a string of sadistic sexual murders. Wealthy Englishman Alan Cunningham (Antonio De Teffé, billed as Anthony Steffen) is obsessed with his unfaithful, dead wife Evelyn. He invites similar red headed prostitutes and entertainers to the secret playrooms in his crumbling castle for sadistic games of seduction and murder. Both Alan's groundsman and his jaded Uncle (Roberto Maldera) seem aware of his activities, but only Alan's friend Dr. Richard Timberlane (Giacomo Rossi-Stuart) suggests that the troubled young playboy has a serious problem. Alan is visited by recurring nightmares in which he sees his perfidious Evelyn running to the waiting arms of another man.

Excerpt from TCM located HERE

Poster

Theatrical Release: July 26th, 1971

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DVD Comparison:

Sinema Diable - Region 0 - NTSC vs. X-Rated Kult DVD (The X-Rated Italo-Giallo-Series No. 9) - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for all the screen captures!

(Sinema Diable - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT vs. X-Rated Kult DVD (The X-Rated Italo-Giallo-Series No. 9) - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)

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Distribution

Sinema Diable

Region 0 - NTSC

X-Rated Kult DVD
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:38:15 1:37:06 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.62:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.45 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.80 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

 

Sinema Diable

 

Bitrate:

 

X-Rated Kult DVD (The X-Rated Italo-Giallo-Series No. 9)

 

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)

English (Dolby Digital 2.0); German (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Subtitles none none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sinema Diable

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.62:1

Edition Details:
• The original aspect ratio of this film is Techniscope (2.35:1).

DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
Snapcase

Chapters 8

Release Information:
Studio: X-Rated Kult DVD

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Alternate U.S. Title Sequence (American International sequence, not the Phase One Films, Inc. titles
• German Trailer
• Trailers for other X-Rated Italo-Giallo releases.

 

DVD Release Date: October ?, 2004
Bookstyle Clamshell

Chapters 12

 

Comments The Sinema Diable release is taken from a tape master of a splicy film print (probably a composite as image quality varies). Some nudity and violence is missing from the US version but some of that may be due to print damage. The German release is superior in terms of color and audio except for brief instances in the English track where dialogue is re-looped or missing altogether that were not missing in the Sinema Diable release.




 

The German DVD also reveals a sliver of picture information on the sides as well as on the bottom, though the Sinema Diable picture is slightly squeezed and sometimes reveals more picture information on the sides than the German DVD (this makes sense since neither is in the correct aspect ratio and are sourced from different film elements). The German DVD is recommended until the specs are available for Image Entertainments NTSC undated upcoming release.

 - Eric Cotenas

 


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(Sinema Diable - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT vs. X-Rated Kult DVD (The X-Rated Italo-Giallo-Series No. 9) - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)
 

 

 


 

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(Sinema Diable - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. X-Rated Kult DVD (The X-Rated Italo-Giallo-Series No. 9) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Sinema Diable - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. X-Rated Kult DVD (The X-Rated Italo-Giallo-Series No. 9) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Sinema Diable - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. X-Rated Kult DVD (The X-Rated Italo-Giallo-Series No. 9) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Sinema Diable - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. X-Rated Kult DVD (The X-Rated Italo-Giallo-Series No. 9) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Sinema Diable - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. X-Rated Kult DVD (The X-Rated Italo-Giallo-Series No. 9) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Sinema Diable - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. X-Rated Kult DVD (The X-Rated Italo-Giallo-Series No. 9) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


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