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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful:
"DEVIL'S NIGHTMARE will leave its MARK on you!", 1 May 2001
Author: Vince-5 from northeastern PA
A neat little Belgian-Italian horror flick brimming with atmosphere.
Complete with a kinky wardrobe, Erika Blanc is perfect as Lisa Miller, the
succubus. She displays supreme sensuality in her "normal" guise, then
transforms into a murderous demon with such face-pulling, over-the-top
relish that your skin will crawl. If she's not enough, Daniel Emilfork is on
hand to complete things as a corpselike vision of the devil. The deaths are
creative and brutal, the Gothic castle is very creepy, and the ending has a
shock-twist that you'll never see coming. Julie sings the haunting theme
song, which will stick with you long after the picture is over. The only
debit is the moralizing angle, which is faintly offensive, but can be
overlooked in light of everything else. Very well done on a small budget and
beautifully photographed in wonderfully cheap, grainy color.
I saw this movie on videotape under the title Succubus. This tape is an absolute mess--videoburned title, scenes trimmed, scenes out of order toward the end--and should be avoided. It turns a fun, entertaining Euro-horror into a throughly frustrating experience.
Trivia: Though it was released in Europe in 1971, this film did not hit the U.S. until 1974, when Hemisphere released it as Devil's Nightmare to coattail The Exorcist.
9 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
What a Horror movie should be.., 12 May 2005
Author: The_Shadow_123 from Canada
Horror at its best!!!!!! This movie is definitely one that earns the designation of HORROR!!!!! The atmosphere is chilling and the characters are zany and unpredictable. At first glance I thought that this movie would be another Italian slasher fest, but instead I was amazed to discover this eerie piece of cinema had a lot to deliver, most of all a frightening tale of sin and temptation. The devil in this movie is one that instills fear and curiosity, just as the devil should be portrayed. I recommend this film to horror fans and movie fans that don't like watching a typical film. Just a note of caution, this movie is not for the faint of heart. As is with many euro horrors of its day, the Devil's Nightmare pulls no punches when it comes to murder and mayhem. Enjoy!
11 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
Above average but not great., 3 December 2000
Author: shanec23 from Perth, Australia
This is an above average example of the type of metaphysical horror film
that seemed to proliferate in Europe in the 1970's.
It's simply the story of the Devil, his minion (the succubus) and seven tourists (each representing one of the seven deadly sins) who are forced to spend the night in a sinister castle.
The first hour is rather plodding due to an over abundance of exposition and very little action. Viewer patience is rewarded however during the final half hour when Ilse (the succubus) starts doing what she does best.
Erica Blanc is superb in this role and her transformation from sexy seductress to ghastly succubus is a highlight. Another highlight is Daniel Emilfork as the Devil. His performance is a real stand out when compared to the rather wooden performances delivered by some of the other cast members.
Director Jean Brismee also deserves kudos for several delightfully imaginative flourishes during the death scenes.
All in all it's worth watching if you're a fan of this type of film, but it's definitely not one of my favourite Euro horror films from this era.
6 out of 10.
10 out of 13 people found the following review useful:
Insanely Brilliant 70's Junk!, 30 October 2007
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls
Movies such as "The Devil's Nightmare" are exactly the type of cinematic smut I live for! It's got everything to magically conjure a gigantic smile on the face of every slightly deranged horror/cult/exploitation fanatic. There's bad & incoherent plotting, macabre set-pieces, a mild Gothic atmosphere, demented characters, shocking themes, lousy gore effects and not to forget authentically gratuitous lesbian sex! This Belgian/Italian co-production (love the combination since I myself am Belgian and Italy is my favorite movie-making country) is messed up beyond proportions and describing the essence of the plot would take up at least a couple of pages, so I won't go too much into detail. Let's just say the main storyline revolves on an ancient family curse that turns every first born daughter of the Von Rhoneberg generation into a succubus (= female servant of the devil), and a group of tourists stranded at the family castle are just in time to "celebrate" the devilish pact's 700th anniversary. Furthermore, the baron practices alchemy in his basement, there are Nazi child-executions, a gruesome murder story for every room in the castle, the random torture of cats in the attic, negotiations between a priest and the devil himself and a wide variety of shlocky massacres. A lot of the on screen events don't make sense, and there's no building up suspense whatsoever, but it has to be said that the screenplay does also feature a couple of ingenious and rather clever elements. For example, the Succubus (a luscious Erica Blanc) makes sure that every tourist's death symbolizes his or her biggest sin, whether it's greed, unfaithfulness, curiosity The killings are very nasty, though hardly scary, and follow each other at an incredible pace, barely allowing you the time to wipe the sinister grin off your face. And if all that isn't enough just yet, wait till you witness the far out climax sequence. Oh yes, "The Devil's Nightmare" is pretty bad So bad it's freaking brilliant! Easily one of the most entertaining European exploitation movies ever made. It's ten times more exciting than all Jess Franco's movies combined, sleazier that Jean Rollin's horribly dull vampire movies and more demented than well, anything you've ever seen. It's a damn shame Belgians and Italians didn't collaborate more often back in the 70's, because this crazy puppy is a real keeper.
7 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Incoherent but Delicious Eurohorror, 19 November 2008
Author: Benjamin Gauss from Salzburg, Austria
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
"La Plus Longue Nuit Du Diable" aka. "La Terrificante Notte Del Demonio" aka. "The Devil's Nightmare" of 1971 is an admittedly cheesy, but overall delicate piece of Eurohorror that no lover of Cult cinema should miss. Jean Brismées film has the overall reputation of being more or less a piece of crap, but while the plot is doubtlessly incoherent, the film profits from sinister characters, a macabre mood, a nice Gothic atmosphere, as well as some gore, sleaze and creepiness, and, last but not least the beautiful Erica Blanc in a genuinely demented role. The film starts out in the final days of Nazi Germany, when Baron Von Rhoneberg (Jean Servais) kills his newborn daughter after baptizing her - for unknown reasons. Two and a half decades later, a bus-load of tourists come to visit the Baron's castle. We learn that, 700 years before, an ancestor of the Baron's had made a pact with the devil, which resulted in every first-born Rhoneberg daughter becoming a Succubus, a female demon in service of the devil. And, apparently, the infanticide committed by the Baron years ago did not stop a devilish creature to come into existence... Erika Blanc is a stunning beauty, also in this film, but she looks creepy as hell as the Succubus. The most intense, creepiest moments in the film are those when she turns into the succubus, especially when she does so for the first time. I do not want to give too much away, but i can assure that these scenes alone make it worth watching the film. Blanc is best known to Horror fans for her roles in Mario Bava's 1966 masterpiece "Kill Baby... Kill!" (aka. "Operazione Paura") and Emilio Miraglia's Gothic Giallo "The Night Evelin Came Out Of The Grave" of 1971. This is another film a lover of European Horror/Exploitation cinema should not miss her in. Apart from Blanc, there are several other beautiful female cast members. Praise also goes to Daniel Emilfork - man, what a CREEPY-looking fellow! One would not want to run into this fellow by night, I can assure. "The Devil's Nightmare" is actually less sleazy than I expected it to be, with a rather small dose of occasional female nudity, sex and lesbianism. However, the film is as macabre as one could possibly hope, with loads of insanity, demented characters and a generous use of bizarre execution/murder devices. And, all the cheese aside, this also has quite a dose of creepiness All said, this is probably not the kind of film that will appeal to those who strictly fall for the "Citizen Kane" type of cinema, but all my fellow fans of demented Eurosmut should have a great time watching this. Highly recommended!
7 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Recommended piece of Euro trash, 30 July 2007
Author: Carlos_Lohan from Chile
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The movie is about seven tourists who must spend the night in a creepy
castle, because of bad weather. There, the owner tells them that a
family curse preys upon the mansion. In the middle of the night, when
they're having dinner, a strange woman appears (Erika Blanc). And
here's when the movie starts to get real good. Sorry, no more spoilers.
Watch the movie by yourself to find out what's going on.
This was a nice revelation! I wasn't really expecting much of it, but was pleasantly surprise. It's creepy and well made. The story is very original, the music is spectacular, there's a good amount of nudity as well (sorry, no Erika), and the steamy lesbian sequence is sure to please the sleaze crowd. The direction could have been better though (the camera work was sometimes too flashy and messy) and the acting (aside from the excellent Blanc) was very bad. A special mention deserves the excellent make-up Erika had when she played the succubus. Very well made and chilling.
A nice piece of Euro horror that gets a 8/10 from me.
8 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
Above average Euroschlock., 27 December 2001
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia
'The Devil's Nightmare' starts of well with a flashback sequence involving a Nazi, a knife, and a new born baby. You guess what happens. Then we flash forward to the Seventies with a coach load of tourists turning up at a spooky castle. Pretty quickly we work out that they represent the seven deadly sins (the chubby bus driver constantly munching on chicken wings and sausages was a big help!), though they all seem to moonlight as lust, which is not too surprising in this kinda Euroschlock. Erika Blanc mysteriously turns up, flaunts her cleavage, gets a priest all hot and bothered, and may or may not be a succubus. Soon enough we get a groovy fuzz guitar soundtrack, some hot lesbo action, and a series of bizarre murders which are almost Argento lite. Not too bad at all, and Daniel Emilfork makes a pretty hip Satan.
6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
Very scary shocker from Belgium/Italy, 17 October 2006
Author: vampi1960 from United States
I saw this as one of 10 horror films on a collection from brentwood DVD called;fright night,its an awesome collection of fright films.anyway the devils nightmare is a Belgium/Italian made shocker about a group of tourists(each one represents one of the 7 deadly sins)they get stranded at the castle of an ex Nazi officer.there's a family curse,gruesome murders,lots of nudity(surprising for 1971)and a very good soundtrack. I'm usually a sucker for good European horror movies especially with the sexy beautiful Erika blanc,who starred in many Italian horror films.sort of like a rival of Barbara Steele.the murders are very gruesome.the dubbing is sloppy but thats expected.i saw this years ago on the USA cable network,of course it was chopped up by the censors. it was hosted by commander USA.who used to show very strange movies. watch the uncut version for the full effect.ignore the critics because most of them dismissed this film as junk.you be the judge.believe me its kind of scary.8 out of 10,Erika blanc gets 10 out of 10 because she was hot.
5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
You've read, so far, that this movie is not for the critical minded..., 7 September 2006
Author: haugen_t (email@example.com) from United States
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Like many, here, I stumbled across this gem in an 8 disk box set called
"CULT HORROR CLASSICS" about 8 months ago. Obviously, I wasn't looking
for a TIMELESS CLASSIC. I love most bad 70's horror films the same way
I love a puppy that's so ugly, it's cute. After watching "THE DEVIL'S
NIGHTMARE(the title of my copy)", I watched it again, and then twice
more. This wasn't a bad 70's horror film. It was an outstanding piece
of independent film making. Don't even bother watching this movie with
any intention of comparing it to modern cinema. But, if you like horror
movies from way back,you will be pleased.
Many have said that the dubbing and the acting(of the "other" characters) are neck and neck for the worst thing about this movie. I've excused the acting as poor translation from European to American audiences. The dubbing, I blame on the lack of guts needed to put some money into the American release. I even excused that because the film industry still seemed to think that art should be safe, back then. My least favorite thing about this movie was the video re-mastering. In some spots, it bordered on cartoonish.
OK, seven tourists=seven deadly sins get stuck in creepy castle where butler lays the family curse rap on good and thick. The creepy castle and family curse were horror movie staples. But, in cinema, the 7 Deadly Sins were a lot less cliché, in 1971, than they are, now.
For me, the biggest scene stealer in this movie was, despite the bad re-mastering, the cinematography. Lon Chaney(Sr. and Jr.) would have applauded the way their art form was used(with a step from one light, into another) to take you from gazing on Erika Blanc's stunning beauty to the faced that exposed the ugly, inside. In other scenes, she took it to a higher level with facial contortionism that few Hollywood starlets, of the time, would have risked their "PRETTINESS" on.
I'll admit that the first time I watched the infamous girl on girl scene, I enjoyed it on a level that a healthy red blooded American man would be expected to...With guilty delight! By the third viewing, I wouldn't have been surprised to find that, in the film's original quality, this scene bordered on tasteful. Also, this scene is criticized as irrelevant to the story line(if you can put on a better show of two of the deadly sins colliding, stop criticizing and start making movies). The look on Lust's face said a lot after she pleasured Sloth and, when it was her turn, Sloth did her thing...SLOTH. Some SINS made it to a top 7 list for a reason.
As others have stated, one of the film's highlights was the guy that played the Devil. Little(if any) special lighting was needed to take this guy's creepy ugliness all the way back around to an, even, creepier beauty.
I'd like to sum this up by addressing those who accused this movie's American release as "COATTAILING" The Excorcist for two reasons. 1: This movie predated The Excorcist by a couple years, and 2: If "THE DEVIL'S NIGHTMARE" had been a full budget Hollywood production, I have no doubt that I'd be here, now, explaining why an, almost never heard of movie called "THE EXCORCIST" wasn't as bad of a movie as today's critics make it out to be.
4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Generally well made, but not exactly a film for the entire family!, 20 January 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
Wow...get a load of the opening titles. The film company must have
spent at least 75 cents to get these done! Heck, most YouTube videos
have much better production values! Fortunately the rest of the film
looked a lot better.
This film is about a group of seven travelers who represent the seven deadly sins all being killed off by a demonic succubus. While that's bad, at least the folks all have a good time before being sent to Hell. It all starts when a tour group is stranded and is forced to seek shelter in a creepy mansion owned by a Baron. Once there, two hot members of the party take a quick break for some gratuitous hot lesbian sex. While probably considered soft-core today, back in 1971 this was very hot and I am surprised the film received an R rating. I always thought it odd that there are so many Italian horror films that mix porn with horror--it must have been a very popular genre back in the 1970s. It's not really a style of film I like to rent--it just looked like a normal everyday horror film from its description on Netflix. Is there anything to it other than just a convenient excuse for some skin? Well, at times no--there is more gratuitous nudity here and there--including a weird but very sexy succubus. But at other times the film does a great job of capturing the mood--it is scary and very well-crafted and didn't need all the nudity to be worth seeing--even if many of the characters are one-dimensional and silly. It's not exactly film to show your kids or mother-in-law--that's for sure! I'd give a 5--it has its moments but all the nudity seems irrelevant and the film's quality varies wildly at times--from wonderful to cheesy.
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