Saturday, October 01, 2005

The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave

Directed by Emilio Miraglia, 1971

To discuss this movie in terms of zombies is to inevitably spoil it. Apologies in advance.

Ladies and gentlemen, our hero: a psychotic nobleman who tortures and kills redheads. We waited in vain for Evelyn to exact revenge upon him, in the interim swallowing such red herrings as an ostensibly wheelchair-bound woman who ambulates perfectly well in the moments before her death, a stripper's disappearing corpse, and any hope that justice might befall the murderous protagonist. To our grave disappointment (*chortle*) there was only one zombie, and after approximately two minutes of spookiness she took off her rubber zombie mask "like a Scooby-Doo villain," noted Jordan. No zombies. No vengeance. No more to say.

Zombie explanation: Conspiracy masquerading as mystical vengeance.

Contribution to the zombie canon: If you package it with other zombie movies, does that make it a zombie movie? I'll reach for meaning: the living can appropriately pass as the dead. But Shaun of the Dead did it far better.

Favorite moment: 1971 hair styles.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was stoked to finally get to watch this movie since it has possibly the coolest name of a movie ever. But it's no good. Unwatchable. Crap.