Queens of Evil

by on Feb.28, 2010, under Daily Review

This is an astonishing piece of cinema, and one which deserves much more attention and praise. French/Italian production, it’s filmed with charm and elegance with a captivating plot, intriguing, gripping, mesmerising. A great cast, (Lovelock and Politoff are both outstanding) brilliant script and a tremendous storyline which leaves the view questioning with plenty of talking points regarding social and cultural issues, which would have been huge mile stones at the time of filming, yet still very relevant in today’s climate.

Ray Lovelock plays a carefree traveller, cruising the countryside on his motorbike, looking for whatever grabs his attention, free love and peace to all men. After helping a rich bloke (Guido Alberti) out with a flat tyre, he is involved in an accident, causing the rich fella to crash and die. Failing to flag down help, he hit’s the road heading to ‘Summer Lake.’ Spending the night in a barn, he is awaken by three beautiful women (Ida Galli, Silvia Monti, Haydee Politoff) who offer his food, shelter, fun and love in their ‘Snow White’ styled cottage, but this is only the first of a series of tests of faith for the young traveller.

Tonino Cervi’s second film as director, following up his incredible debut, ‘Today it’s me, tomorrow it’s you’ has a great eye for detail, capturing emotion through various lesser seen techniques creating a fine visual movie. The cast are small, yet offered great support with a fine script which questions reason’s for sin, women’s rights, social standards and structure and of cause, free love. It’s Final moments of the film are shocking and will leave the viewer thing with memorable scenes running through the mind.  The rich bloke with the flat tyre is back at the end, and his true identity revealed. A great quote from him goes ‘we need these people to understand the pleasure of their sin!’

The film also carries connotations of Grimm fairy tales, a travelling prince, cottage in the forest, castle in the woods, evil king, three beautiful princess’ and a series of tasks. The other similarity here would be ‘The Wickerman’ dealing with pagan values against modern social issues, with an outsider as the protagonist, unsure of his surroundings. Even the name of the town is suggestive.

Other highlights are the Bob Dylan style folk tracks played throughout the film, with vocals credited to Lovelock.

A great find. This won’t disappoint fans of 70’s euro horror.

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