View Full Version : Queens of Evil (Il Delitto del Diavolo) 1971
03-02-2005, 09:16 PM
One of my favourite films...
Queens of Evil aka Il Delitto del Diavolo Dir. Tonino Cervi.
Really cool film by Cervi. Not as well known as I think it should be... Almost like a grown up fairytale, with a shitload of 70's psychedelia thrown in for good measure. Silvia Monti, Haidee Politoff and Evelyn Stewart (Ida Galli) are at their finest here, a trio of beautiful witches. Who could resist those three?
Anyone else like this one? A DVD of this film would be very welcome in my house.
03-02-2005, 09:24 PM
Never seen it. Lets hope it will get a release this year!!!
03-02-2005, 09:27 PM
The British VHS pre-cert cover...
03-02-2005, 09:52 PM
I actually just recieved a boot of this on dvd-r from European Trash Cinema (it even has the same VHS box art copied for the dvd case)- it looks like a fun film. I'll post my thoughts on it when I get around to watching it.
03-03-2005, 03:16 AM
Excellent film that certainly deserves a proper DVD release. Who could blame poor Ray Lovelock for getting sucked in by those three?!
03-04-2005, 03:13 PM
I watched QUEENS last night, and really enjoyed it. It was very dreamlike and fairy-tale-ish, a good late-nite film. Silvia Monti, who played Samantha, was one of the most stunning actresses I've ever seen, just gorgeous.
03-04-2005, 04:12 PM
I LOVE this movie and wish it would be released on DVD soon!!!!
01-15-2007, 05:27 PM
After a day spent riding his motorbike through the sunny countryside David (Ray Lovelock) finds himself alone on a foggy road in the middle of the night. Cruising through the mist he encounters a mysterious old man whose Rolls Royce has broken down. Naturally he stops to help and ends up changing the old guys flat tyre, not batting an eyelid as the well dressed man rips into him about his appearance “You look like a tramp” the old man says. “Maybe that's how I want to look” he replies coolly. As soon as the new tyre is on the old guy is on his way, but not before secretly puncturing one of David’s tyres. Fixing the puncture as quick as he can David then races after the Rolls. As he draws near the car crashes into a tree, the old man dying instantly. Not wanting to stick around too long he makes a hasty exit and heads down a rough track into some woods, where he finds an old shed to bunk down in for the night.
To his surprise, and delight, he is woken the next morning by a beautiful young woman in a see-through dress who lives in the house adjacent; to make things even better there’s two more beautiful girls living there as well! All three invite him in for breakfast, an offer which he obviously accepts. Inside the house, which like the Tardis is mysteriously much larger inside than it looks from the outside, the décor is an amazing 70’s love pad, resplendent in huge floor cushions, funky light fittings and gigantic floor to ceiling photographs of each of the girls.
Breakfast consists, bizarrely, of great big chocolate cakes and David being rather hungry tucks in as if it’s the first meal he’s had for days. After stuffing his face he decides he’s outstayed his welcome and bids the girls farewell but as he starts off out the door a strange urge compels him to return and he finds he’s unable to leave.
The girls, almost siren like, seem to draw him in. Needless to say strange things are afoot. The three girls proceed to manipulate David and mess with his head. Every time he tries to leave he always returns to the house, whether he wants to or not. Falling deeper and deeper under their spell David is seduced by each of the girls and succumbs to bizarre dreams featuring strange symbolism and nightmarish imagery. Why are they doing this to him and what fate awaits? Only the strange owner of the nearby castle (who bears more than a passing resemblance to the supposedly dead old man…) has the answers and they’re all going to a party there very soon…
A fairy tale for grown ups ‘Queens of Evil’ is like some kind of far out hybrid of 'Hansel and Grete'l, '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 (and even singing the Bob Dylanesque theme tune over the opening and closing credits!). The three ladies (Silvia Monti, Haidee Politoff and Evelyn Stewart) are stunning, if I found these three in a remote house in the woods I wouldn’t want to leave either! 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 and deserves to be tracked down and watched or indeed re-mastered and released on DVD.
01-16-2007, 08:10 AM
Great review Jonny,been meaning to see this ever since i got into these movies all those years ago but just never got around to it.Gonna have to nab a dvd-r of this asap thanks to your piece :cool:
01-17-2007, 10:15 AM
I picked up a dvd-r of this last month and finally sat down and watched it last night...I can only agree with the above sentiments, it`s a truly unusual film that deserves more recognition. I`m sure I`ll be revisiting this soon, it`s one that will undoubtedly offer more perspective with repeat viewings. Like a couple of folks said above, there`s a sort of fairytale quality to it, and I also picked up on some quasi-biblical bits. It`s a slow-builder, but the payoff is well worth the time spent getting to it, really chilling final sequence. Lovelock is sort of a cypher in the lead, but that`s fitting for the role. I`m certain I`ve heard that tune he sings before, was it played somewhere on the special features for the Raro dvd LIVE LIKE A COP DIE LIKE A MAN? Either that or I must have it on some compilation. Finally, I must mention that the 3 females are magnifique!!!
01-18-2007, 01:23 PM
Finally, I must mention that the 3 females are magnifique!!!
Silvia Monti is an absolute stunner,she looks amazing in MILANO:IL CLAN DEI CALABRASI(Last Desperate Hours).Anyone got any screengrabs of her from the Italian Surf dvd of this,i'd do it myself but haven't got the ways or means :o
02-03-2007, 08:28 AM
Watched this for the first time last night and was absolutely mesmerised by it,one of the best movies i've seen in a long time :)Thank you Jonny
02-03-2007, 01:38 PM
Love this movie, echo the sentiments. No surprise, its in my top 3 Lovelock movies. Silva Monti was amazing here, I love how she teased Ray. They have a wonderful chemistry and are both nice to look at (well when I wasn't drooling over Ray ;).
Shame she dropped off the map after only a few years in film, she was good and had a very unique look.
This is the perfect film for NoShame to do. I wish they or Blue Underground eventually release this (both English and Italian). It's a very telling tale of youth against elders (early 70s anti-hippy stuff), quite ironic too.
My dvd-r went the way of the dodo unfortunately, and until I find a better all region player, I'm just sticking to NTSC region 0/1.
02-03-2007, 01:51 PM
It's a very original and very trippy movie,i honestly haven't enjoyed anything as much in ages.
09-14-2008, 02:25 PM
What a strange and legitimately trippy film... I loved it, though I don't pretend to entirely "get" it. Definitely a fairy tale for adults. Lovelock was never better, and the combo of Politoff, Monti and Stewart is more than enough eye candy. Great stuff, stylishly done - here's hoping an enterprising company puts out a great looking edition at some point.
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