The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1972)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Sex Horror, Supernatural Horror  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Anyone who knows their giallo fare knows that The Night Evelyn Came out of the Grave is one of the most famous titles in that genre's history. That said, it never quite lives up to the hype: despite a memorably odd premise, the script never quite coheres and loses track of its most intriguing plot threads (like the source of its main character's psychosis) as it goes about its sleazy business. The story also falls into a lull around its midsection, and Emilio Miraglia's direction, though stylish, isn't pace-conscious enough to gloss over this flaw. As a result, The Night Evelyn Came out of the Grave isn't as feverish or shocking as it should be. Still, Euro-trash fans might want to check this out for its hefty doses of kink, including a stripper who uses a coffin in her act and Lord Cunningham's erotically charged flashbacks to his wife's infidelity. It also boasts a spooky castle setting and a stunning gothic/lounge score by Bruno Nicolai. In short, The Night Evelyn Came out of the Grave might make acceptable fodder for giallo fans but isn't as memorable as its reputation suggests.