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Lisa and the Devil (1973)
"Lisa e il diavolo" (original title)

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Surreal goings-on at a Spanish villa in this poetic horror fairytale, which was crassly re-edited into The House of Exorcism (1975) for US release.

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Sophia Lehar (as Silva Koscina)
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Gabriele Tinti ...
George (the chauffeur)
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Francis Lehar
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Franz von Treuberg ...
Shopkeeper
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Lisa's friend
Espartaco Santoni ...
Carlo
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Storyline

Lisa is a tourist in an ancient city. When she gets lost, she finds an old mansion in which to shelter. Soon she is sucked into a vortex of deception, debauchery and evil presided over by housekeeper Leandre. Written by Niz

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Every corner of the soul is lost to the icy clutch of the supernatural!

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Horror | Mystery

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Release Date:

8 December 1976 (Sweden)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

ESP 7,464,204 (Spain) (3 September 1999)
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Sophia Lehar: I prefer ghosts to vampires, though. They're so much more human; they have a tradition to live up to. Somehow they manage to keep all the horror in without spilling any blood.
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To Mirna
Composed by Carlo Savina
Sung by Edda Dell'Orso
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Oh, Mario Bava, How You Delight Me
18 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lisa (Elke Sommer) is a tourist in an ancient city. When she gets lost, she finds an old mansion in which to shelter. Soon she is sucked into a vortex of deception, debauchery and evil presided over by housekeeper Leandre (Telly Savalas).

Luca Palmerini calls this an "underestimated Gothic masterpiece." Jim Harper is less praising, also identifying it as "an atmospheric and stately Gothic horror", but saying it "would never have been a box office success". Those words are odd, as I suspect very few great Italian films have become successful in terms of their profits.

There is another version of this film called "House of Exorcism", which was meant to cash in on the success of "The Exorcist". Some aspects seem more like ripping the original off than simply cashing in -- the puking of the pea soup, for example. Watching this version is like watching a completely different film -- so much was edited out of Bava's film and new stuff added in, I am surprised this was allowed to happen. Palmerini rightly says the changes "massacre the original film."


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