The Red Queen Kills Seven Times

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The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed byEmilio Miraglia
Screenplay by
Story byFabio Pittorru[1]
Music byBruno Nicolai[2]
CinematographyAlberto Spagnoli[1][2]
Edited byRomeo Ciatti[2]
  • Phoenix Cinematografica
  • Romano Film G.M.B.H.
  • Trian Boeru[2]
Distributed byCineriz
Release date
  • 18 August 1972 (1972-08-18) (Italy)
Running time
99 minutes[2]
  • Italy
  • West Germany[2]
Box office₤513.725 million

The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (Italian: La dama rossa uccide sette volte) is a 1972 giallo film directed by Emilio Miraglia.


Two sisters, Kitty and Evelyn, are cursed by a family painting depicting a hundred year-cycle in which a Red Queen is raised from the dead to kill seven times. Hoping to end the cycle, their grandfather, Tobias, orders the painting removed from their sight. Years later Kitty accidentally kills Evelyn during a fight. The death is covered up by their older sister, Franziska, and everyone, including Tobias, is told that Evelyn immigrated to the United States. This doesn't sit well with Kitty, who is willing to allow Franziska to cover up the murder but feels overwhelming guilt. When their grandfather dies from a fear induced heart attack, a series of murders begin to occur around Kitty, all of which appear to have been caused by a red cloaked Evelyn. The police begin to suspect that Kitty and her married lover Martin are the perpetrators of the murders, especially after Martin's institutionalized wife is found dead. It's eventually revealed that Kitty had only stunned Evelyn, who was also not her biological sister - Tobias had adopted her as an additional way of ending the hundred year-cycle. Evelyn's true murderer was Franziska, who murdered her at the start of an impulsive plan to be the only person to inherit Tobias' vast fortune. Resentful that she was not the main beneficiary despite providing his daily care, Franziska recruited some of Kitty's co-workers, who were unhappy of Kitty's station and preferential treatment by Martin. After murdering her female accomplices Franziska tricks Kitty into entering the basement of Tobias' mansion, where she tries to slowly drown her via flooding. Realizing the truth, Martin confronts Franziska and gets a confession, only for the woman to be shot by her own husband, Herbert, who had thus far been complicit with her actions. Herbert then leads the police to Kitty's location, saving her from death, but drowning himself in the process.



The Red Queen Kills Seven Times was the final film of director Emilio Miraglia and his second giallo film in a row.[3] The film was predominantly shot in Würzburg and Weikersheim in Germany.[3]


The Red Queen Kills Seven Times was distributed theatrically in Italy by Cineriz on 18 August 1972.[2] The film grossed a total of 513,725,000 Italian lire in Italy.[2] The German version of the film is 15 minutes shorter than the Italian release.[3]

Arrow Films will release a Region 2 DVD edition & a Region B Blu-ray edition for the British market on 17th April 2017. [4][5]

Critical reception[edit]

AllMovie called it a "standard but solid entry in the giallo genre."[6]



  1. ^ a b c Curti 2017, p. 62.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Curti 2017, p. 63.
  3. ^ a b c Curti 2017, p. 64.
  4. ^ "The Red Queen Kills Seven Times | Arrow Films". Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  5. ^ "The Red Queen Kills Seven Times | Arrow Films". Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  6. ^ Donald Guarisco. "La Dama Rossa Uccide Sette Volte (1972)". AllMovie. Retrieved 20 June 2012.


  • Curti, Roberto (2017). Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1970–1979. McFarland. ISBN 1476629609.

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