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The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972)

La dama rossa uccide sette volte (original title)
When two sisters inherit their family castle, a string of murders committed by a mysterious dark haired woman in a red cloak targets their circle of friends. Is the killer their ancestor, ... See full summary »

Director:

Emilio Miraglia (as Emilio P. Miraglia)

Writers:

Fabio Pittorru (story), Fabio Pittorru (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Barbara Bouchet ... Kitty Wildenbrück
Ugo Pagliai ... Martin Hoffmann
Marina Malfatti ... Franziska Wildenbrück
Marino Masé ... Police Inspector
Pia Giancaro ... Rosemary Müller (as Maria Pia Giancaro)
Sybil Danning ... Lulu Palm
Nino Korda Nino Korda ... Herbert Zieler
Fabrizio Moresco Fabrizio Moresco ... Peter
Rudolf Schündler ... Tobias Wildenbrück (as Rudolf Schindler)
Maria Antonietta Guido Maria Antonietta Guido
Carla Mancini ... Elizabeth Hoffmann
Bruno Bertocci Bruno Bertocci ... Hans Meyer
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When two sisters inherit their family castle, a string of murders committed by a mysterious dark haired woman in a red cloak targets their circle of friends. Is the killer their ancestor, the "Red Queen", who legend says claims seven lives every hundred years? Written by Red-Barracuda

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The Corpse That Didn't Want to Die!


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Sybil Danning did not dub her own voice and was not happy that the makers chose someone else to dub her role. See more »

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When corpse of Eveline is shown in the cell, her eyes can be seen moving. See more »

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Featured in New Year's Evil (1980) See more »

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Murderous Majesty

I've not been too impressed with the Giallo subgenre thus far, mainly because I have been watching mostly Lucio Fulci, who I consider a very, very poor filmmaker. I had set my expectations low for this movie, expecting a simple slasher set in a spooky castle. It delivered on this promise, and a lot more too.

Rival sisters Kitty and Evelyn (blonde and brunette) are cursed to hate each other as the 100-year cycle of the Red Queen legend is about to come around. For centuries, their ancestral castle home has seen one sister possessed by the spirit of the Red Queen who will murder six arbitrary victims before killing her own sibling. Believing the curse to be nonsense, the girls go their separate ways until Kitty is brought back to the castle after their sudden death of her grandfather. Rumor has it that the Red Queen is responsible.

And so plays out an interesting and clever whodunnit with atmospheric photography, nice locations and sets, a decent score (certainly by today's standards) and some brutal 1970s fashions. The deaths are sudden and shocking without being exploitative, and the visual of the Red Queen herself is both mysterious and intriguing - a horror villain that has gone unappreciated. I'm surprised that no sequels or remakes were ever made. I freakin' LOVE that title too. I would purchase the rights to this movie just to re-use the title, never mind remake it.

Is it just me or is Barbara Bouchet and EXACT double of Laura Linney at the same age?

A good Giallo flick and one of my favorites so far.


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Country:

Italy | West Germany | Monaco

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

17 October 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Corpse Which Didn't Want to Die See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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