Queens of Evil / Il delitto del diavolo (1970)

5.0 out of 5

Free spirit David, Ray Lovelock, helps an old man whose car tyre has punctured but as soon as the tyre has been fixed the old guy drives off, crashes and dies. Making a quick exit on his motorbike he detours down a dark country lane and ends up spending the night in a shack. Waking to the sight of three beautiful girls he finds himself guest at a chic country cabin bizarrely in the middle of nowhere.

The girls, almost siren like, seem to draw him in. The three girls proceed to manipulate David and mess with his head. Falling deep under their spell David is seduced by each of the girls and succumbs to bizarre dreams featuring strange symbolism and nightmarish imagery...

A fairy tale for grown ups Queens of Evil is like some kind of far out hybrid of Hansel and Gretel, Rosemary’s Baby and The Wicker Man all shot with the unmistakable panache and style of the best of 70’s Italian cinema. All the leads are great with Ray Lovelock turning in a fine effort as the wayward hippy, even singing the Bob Dylanesque theme tune over the opening and closing credits and the three ladies, Silvia Monti, Haidee Politoff and Evelyn Stewart, are stunning. With excellent period sets, a typically 70’s soundtrack, gorgeous women, a handsome leading man and weird supernatural shenanigans this is a gem of a movie.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics