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Lisa and the Devil (1973)

Lisa e il diavolo (original title)
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)
Alessio Orano ...
Max
Gabriele Tinti ...
George (the chauffeur)
Kathy Leone ...
Lisa's friend
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Francis Lehar
Franz von Treuberg ...
Shopkeeper
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Carlo
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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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9 May 1973 (France)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Leandro frequently having a sucker in his mouth was a trait added by Telly Savalas. Savalas had recently quit smoking and used the suckers as an alternative. The suckers would become a popular character trait on his American television series Kojak (1973) which started that same year. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Concerto of Aranjuez
Composed by Joaquín Rodrigo (as Rodrigo)
Directed by Paul Mauriat
Philips record L 6444'504
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Oh, NOW I see what everyone's talking about! Avoid "Exorcism", go with "Lisa"!
5 November 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Well I finally managed to get to see 'Lisa And The Devil' as Bava originally intended it, rather than the very dodgy 'House Of Exorcism' version I had previously seen, and the original is ten times better! Stripped of the tacked-on possession scenes and Robert Alda's priest role, the movie reveals itself to be a superior, atmospheric and stylish "nightmare on celluloid" movie. It reminded me a little bit of Jean Brismee's 'The Devil's Nightmare' in places, and at other times the work of Jean Rollin, without the overt eroticism. It's surreal touches and foreboding feel with probably appeal to fans of David Lynch or Herk Harvey's 'Carnival Of Souls' more than hardcore horror nuts. The cast are all good, but Telly Savalas gives a standout performance just on the right side of over the top, and Elke Sommer appears much more believable as the confused protagonist of this movie, rather than the unconvincing Linda Blair wanna-be of 'House Of Exorcism'. All in all one of Mario Bava's most original and interesting movies. Recommended.


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