Queens of Evil / Il delitto del diavolo (1970)

5.0 out of 5

Those who love giallo and erotic cinema of Europe from the late 60s and early 70s will love an agreeable aesthetic that should also get fans of slightly askew off-kilter horror such as Baba Yaga, Lisa and the Devil or even The Devil's Nightmare and it's ilk bouncing with excitement.

Motorcycles, Kaftans and sexy actresses as bewitching succubi in oversized curly wigs are the order of the day in movie that is not thematically a million miles away from Jean Rollin's Fascination albeit sans vampirism.

Sexy and sassy with a delicious undercurrent of menace Queens of Evil makes pertinent points about the conservative nature of the establishment and the threat represented by the free spirit of the counterculture by wrapping a conspiracy that pre-empts Short Night of Glass Dolls amongst a dreamt fairy tale like supernatural tale of erotic temptation. Director Tonino Cervi later strayed into similar twisted conspiratorial territory as producer of the delightful Spider Labyrinth.

Starring Ray Lovelock, Evelyn Stewart and beautiful Interrabang star Haydée Politoff, while featuring Eurocrime favourite Guido Alberti, Queens of Evil is recommended without reservation or qualification.

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