The poster for "The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave"
This poster artwork is one of those iconic images that everyone remembers once they have seen it. And, like most great posters for a horror movie, the artwork is better then actual film. You can almost bank on it, that the better the poster, the less likely that the movie will be that good.
Having ogled this image as a kid in 1971 when it appeared in my local newspaper movie ads, I have always had it in the back of my mind as one I really wanted to see, especially as I became more aware of the cultish following it seemed to have. So when it was finally released on DVD recently, I jumped at it. I would have been better off jumping away from it. I didn't know it till later, but the film was a giallo. That's a genre I don't have much patience with, as in most cases all you get is some creepy atmosphere, but at the end you might as well have been watching an episode of Scooby-Doo. It's usually just a guy (or girl) in a fright mask. But if one really looked at the image on the poster, you would have known it. Her body's in good shape. Very good shape, actually.
'The night Evelyn came out of the grave...
it was too dark to see it happen."
As I watched the film, I just got tired of waiting for Evelyn to come out of the grave; and when she finally sort of did, it was a letdown. Here's a good review of the film by an actual giallo fan, to save me the trouble of recapping the convoluted plot. Here's another review by someone less than enthusiastic about it; "resentful" would be a better word. Although the film has its merits, not the least of which are the negligee-clad beauties running around in it, my afore-mentioned impatience with it stems from that fact that when I have invested 80 minutes or so in a film waiting for the publicised horror to appear, it's a bit disappointing when the long-anticipated "boo," turns out to be a "tricked ya!"
here's a review of it.
Yes, as the poster's tagline says, "The Worms Are Waiting!" They are waiting... in the bait bucket to go fishing. Sitting there on the bank watching the bobber float around would be much more interesting in my opinion... because then there's at least a chance your patience will be rewarded.