The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave

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The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave
(La notte che Evelyn uscì dalla tomba)
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Directed byEmilio Miraglia
Produced byAntonio Sarno
Written byMassimo Felisatti
Fabio Pittorru
Emilio Miraglia
StarringAnthony Steffen
Marina Malfatti
Erika Blanc
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart
Music byBruno Nicolai
Release date(s)1971 (Italy)
Running time103 min.
CountryItaly
LanguageItalian
 
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The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave
(La notte che Evelyn uscì dalla tomba)
The-night-evelyn-came-out-of-the-grave.jpg
Directed byEmilio Miraglia
Produced byAntonio Sarno
Written byMassimo Felisatti
Fabio Pittorru
Emilio Miraglia
StarringAnthony Steffen
Marina Malfatti
Erika Blanc
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart
Music byBruno Nicolai
Release date(s)1971 (Italy)
Running time103 min.
CountryItaly
LanguageItalian

The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (Italian: La notte che Evelyn uscì dalla tomba) is a 1971 Italian giallo film directed by Emilio Miraglia. It was released in 1971.

Plot[edit]

Alan (Anthony Steffen) is a wealthy aristocrat who has just been released from a mental institution following the death of his red-headed wife Evelyn. Having caught Evelyn making out with a mystery man prior to his death, the psychotic Alan begins luring red-headed strippers and prostitutes to his house to torture and kill them, as a means to deal with his grief and inability to get revenge on his deceased adulterous wife.

After a seance, Alan's cousin (and only living heir) Farley offers to move into the mansion to take care of Alan (who faints after the medium makes contact with Evelyn). Farley takes him to a strip club and Alan takes home one of the strippers at the club (Susan, played by Erika Blanc) who disappears after barely escaping with her life. Afterwords, on the advice of his Farley (who believes that Alan would be "cured" of his instability if he replaces Evelyn with a new bride), Alan marries Gladys (Marina Malfatti), another red head who resembles his wife after he moves to London to get away from his home.

Gladys finds herself being haunted by strange goings on at her home and being shunned by Evelyn's brother and Alan's invalid aunt, who Alan has taken in as staff at his mansion. Soon Gladys, with help from Farley, begins to suspect that Evelyn faked her death to escape Alan and run away with her lover. Meanwhile Alan's mental state continues to unravel as Evelyn's brother and Alan's aunt both are killed by a mystery killer.

Ultimately, Alan begins to have another mental breakdown when Gladys tells him his theory and one night, at Evelyn's tomb, he views a zombified version of his dead wife beckoning to him. In the end however, it turns out that the undead creature is Susan, who along with Farley and Gladys (who is oblivious to Susan and thinks Farley is the one impersonating Evelyn) have been gaslighting Alan so Farley can get control over his fortune and estate. When Alan is taken away to be permanently institutionalized, Farley and Gladys celebrate, only for Susan to appear before the couple as Farley reveals that he poisoned the champagne Gladys has been drinking. Dying, Gladys attacks Susan and ultimately kills her as Farley shuns helping Susan and simply watches as Gladys kills her before succumbing to the poison before she can lay a finger on Farley.

However, Richard (a doctor who had treated Alan for his first breakdown early in the film) appears with Alan as it is revealed that Alan faked his most recent breakdown to lure out the conspiracy against him, after Alan discovered proof during the gaslighting sceme, that Farley killed Evelyn after she refused to leave Alan for him. Farley tries to escape and in the fight that ensues near the pool, a bag of sulfur based fertilizer falls into the nearby pool. The pool turns to acid and Farley falls in, horribly burning him. Pulling him out of the pool, Farley is arrested and Alan manages to get away with his crimes.

Release[edit]

The film was released theatrically in its native Italy in August 1971.

The film was released theatrically in the United States by Phase One in June 1972.

The film was released theatrically in the United Kingdom as The Night She Rose From The Tomb.

On VHS and DVD, the film has been released by various labels over the years with questionable legitimacy to the rights and subpar, truncated presentations.

NoShame DVD released the officially licensed film remastered, widescreen and uncut on DVD in 2006 as part of the Emilio Miraglia Killer Queen Box Set.

The film was released on Blu-ray disc for the first time by Australian distribution company Gryphon Entertainment on 20 June, 2013.

Critical reception[edit]

Allmovie wrote "The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave might make acceptable fodder for giallo fans but isn't as memorable as its reputation suggests."[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Donald Guarisco. "The Night Evelyn Came out of the Grave (1971)". Allmovie. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 

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