La Dama Rossa Uccide Sette Volte (1972)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Giallo  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - Italy, West Germany  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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La Dama Rossa Uccide Setta Volta is a standard but solid entry in the giallo genre. Emilio Miraglia's film hits all the marks one would expect from such a film: there's an unseen killer, a character lineup packed with red herrings, a traumatic backstory for the protagonist, a few lashing of sleaze, and a surprise ending. Miraglia's pacing is a little erratic and the script occasionally gets caught up in a dead end (like a corporate-intrigue subplot), but it has plenty of good suspense set pieces and redeems itself with a tense third act. Miraglia gives the story an appropriately stylish look, combining wild 1970s decor and costumes befitting its fashion-world setting with slick, Cinemascope photography. La Dama Rossa Uccide Setta Volta also boasts some strong turns by its female-dominated cast; Barbara Bouchet is as fetching and sympathetic as the heroine, while Sybil Danning steals a few scenes as a randy femme fatale. Ultimately, La Dama Rossa Uccide Setta Volta will probably be appreciated more by the Euro-cult film fan than the average viewer, but it offers its specialized audience their fair share of shocks and style.