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The Antichrist (1974)

L'anticristo (original title)
Ippolita is a paralyzed young woman with serious mental problems stemming from the death of her mother. Her crisis of faith and the intervention of a well-meaning psychologist lead Ippolita... See full summary »

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Carla Gravina ...
Ippolita Oderisi
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Massimo Oderisi
Arthur Kennedy ...
Bishop Ascanio Oderisi
George Coulouris ...
Father Mittner
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Irene
Mario Scaccia ...
Faith Healer
Umberto Orsini ...
Dr. Marcello Sinibaldi
Anita Strindberg ...
Greta
Remo Girone ...
Filippo Oderisi
Ernesto Colli ...
Possessed Man
Bruno Tocci ...
Possessed Man's Friend
Beatrice De Bono ...
Woman healed by statue
Vittorio Fanfoni ...
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Luigi Antonio Guerra ...
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Ippolita is a paralyzed young woman with serious mental problems stemming from the death of her mother. Her crisis of faith and the intervention of a well-meaning psychologist lead Ippolita to remember her past life as a witch during the Inquisition. Eventually, Ippolita becomes possessed and starts seducing local men, only to kill them. An exorcism seems to be the only solution to stop the madness. Written by Ørnås

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Ippolita Oderisi: This time I'm going to win. You're all afraid, you stinking pots of shit!
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Alberto De Martino's lame rip-off of The Exorcist.
29 October 2006 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Ippolita, a sexually frustrated (and fairly unlikeable), wheelchair bound young woman, feels that she has been forsaken by God. Under the watchful eye of Dr. Marcello Sinibaldi, she undergoes hypnotic regression in an attempt to restore her ability to walk. However, when it is revealed that an ancestor of hers was burnt at the stake as a devil worshipper, the psychologically fragile Ippolita becomes a prime candidate for diabolic possession. Cue projectile vomiting, levitation and blasphemy as director Alberto De Martino ladles on the bargain basement FX in this pretty poor Exorcist rip-off.

Despite lavish cinematography by Joe D'Amato, an effective Ennio Morricone soundtrack, and a willingness to go the extra mile to upset (most notably in the notorious orgy/ritual scene, in which a goat receives an implied ass tonguing, and a blink-and-you'll-miss-it image of Christ with a huge erect schlong!), L'Anticristo remains a second rate production that bores more than it disturbs.

You would think foul-mouthed, green-puke spitting females with a tendency to float around their room automatically make a film worth watching, but, hampered by leaden pacing and some dreadful effects, De Martino's movie is a chore to sit through.


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