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The Antichrist (1974)

L'anticristo (original title)
A paralyzed young woman becomes possessed by the Devil when a hypnosis session - intended to heal her disability - accidentally awakens memories of her past life as a witch.

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Credited cast:
Carla Gravina ...
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Massimo Oderisi
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Bishop Ascanio Oderisi
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Father Mittner
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Irene
Mario Scaccia ...
Faith Healer
Umberto Orsini ...
Dr. Marcello Sinibaldi
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Greta
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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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Viktoria Brams ...
Ippolita (voice) (as V. Abrams)
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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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from the bowels of hell, the serpent has risen, to pour foul evil upon the world See more »

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13 October 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blasphemy  »

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(Westrex Sound System)

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(Telecolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Alberto De Martino would return to the satanic genre with Holocaust 2000 (1977), in itself another blatant rip-off, this time of The Omen (1976). See more »

Quotes

Ippolita Oderisi: This time I'm going to win. You're all afraid, you stinking pots of shit!
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Just honestly bad
13 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

There are exactly two elements in this movie that work. The first is a well-done special effect of an imploding screen. The second is the choice to have the saliva of the possessed woman bear an unmistakable resemblance to... another substance. This becomes the only element of the sexual subtext that is genuinely unsettling, rather than just unpleasant and nasty.

Other than that, this is a poorly-made attempt to rip off "The Exorcist". And by "rip off", I don't mean just that this was a possession movie made to cash in on the popularity of "The Exorcist"; I mean that elements from the Blatty/Friedkin production are copied so shamelessly that it evokes disbelieving laughter at the effrontery.

Sadly, "The Tempter" fails to do what "The Exorcist" did, and give those elements a context that makes sense. The Blatty/Friedkin film remains compelling because it is a mystery; it is not about the shocking visual effects but rather of a truth that no one wants to believe. Every scene contains a clue to the mystery; every clue chips away at civilized denial that such a thing could happen. This movie could actually have gone "The Exorcist" one better, by constructing the same sort of mystery and treating the strong subtext of sexual temptation as a piece of the puzzle and not just a chance for cheap thrills. Instead, this movie is made with the vague notion that projectile vomiting at a priest is boffo box office, baby. "The Exorcist" is clockwork inside and "The Tempter" is just Jell-O.


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