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Mario Bava (screenplay) &
Alfredo Leone (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 December 1976 (Sweden) See more »
Every corner of the soul is lost to the icy clutch of the supernatural!
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Weird and Spooky Ghost Story See more (44 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Telly Savalas ... Leandro

Elke Sommer ... Lisa Reiner

Sylva Koscina ... Sophia Lehar (as Silva Koscina)
Alessio Orano ... Max
Gabriele Tinti ... George (the chauffeur)
Eduardo Fajardo ... Francis Lehar

Alida Valli ... Countess
Franz von Treuberg ... Shopkeeper
Kathy Leone ... Lisa's friend
Espartaco Santoni ... Carlo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrea Esterhazy ... American Tourist (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mario Bava 
Writing credits
Mario Bava (screenplay) &
Alfredo Leone (screenplay) (as Alfred Leone)

Giorgio Maulini  uncredited
Romano Migliorini  uncredited
Roberto Natale  uncredited
Francesca Rusishka  uncredited

Produced by
Alfredo Leone .... producer (as Alfred Leone)
Original Music by
Carlo Savina 
Cinematography by
Cecilio Paniagua (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Carlo Reali 
Art Direction by
Nedo Azzini 
Set Decoration by
Rafael Ferri 
Makeup Department
Adalgisa Favella .... hair dresser (as Gisa Favella)
Franco Freda .... makeup artist
Production Management
Fausto Lupi .... production manager
Faustino Ocaña .... production manager (segment "House of Exorcism")
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lamberto Bava .... assistant director
Art Department
Fabrizio Sforza .... sculptor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Franco Tocci .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Giovanni Canfarelli Modica .... assistant camera (as Gianni Modica)
Emilio Varriano .... camera operator
Other crew
Alfredo Leone .... presenter (as Alfred Leone)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Lisa e il diavolo" - Italy (original title)
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Italy:95 min (original version)
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2001) (self applied) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1980) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2007) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18

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It wasn't until two years after Bava's death that "Lisa and the Devil" was finally released in its full-length original version. Ironically its premier was an airing on American television in 1983.See more »
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Haunted Mansion (2003)See more »
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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Weird and Spooky Ghost Story, 14 July 2009
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

During the sightseeing in Toledo, Spain, the tourist Lisa Reiner (Elke Sommer) sees an ancient painting of the devil on the wall and leaves her group for a moment; however she gets lost in the narrow streets. Later she gets a lift with the wealthy Francis Lehar (Eduardo Fajardo) and his wife Sophia (Sylva Koscina). However, their car breaks and stops in front of an old manor. While the driver George (Gabriele Tinti) tries to fix the car, the trio is hosted by the blind owner (Alida Valli) and her son Maximilian (Alessio Orano) that invites Lisa to spend the night in the mansion. During the dinner, they are served by the butler Leandro (Telly Savalas) that resembles the image of the devil of the painting. Lisa seems to be living a strange nightmare, recalling her love from a past life, and trapped in the house with that bizarre family.

The stylish and surrealistic "Lisa and the Devil" is a weird and spooky ghost story developed in a nightmarish atmosphere. The movie is visually very impressive and despite of the flaws and inconsistencies in the ambiguous screenplay, it startles many times. Elke Sommer is extremely sexy and Telly Savalas is very frightening. The conclusion is a little disappointing. My vote is seven.

Fortunately I saw "Lisa and the Devil" first; the opportunist commercial version released in USA with the title "The House of the Exorcism" on the trail of the success of "The Exorcist" is terrible and destroys the creepy atmosphere of the original movie. The good thing is the greater eroticism and exposure of the naked body of Elke Sommer. My vote is four.

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