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The Possessed (1975)

La endemoniada (original title)
| Horror | May 1976 (USA)
A young girl becomes possessed by a woman from a witches cult, who seeks vengeance, terror, and confusion around her family and the town folks.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Father Juan
Marián Salgado ...
Susan Barnes
Police Chief
Lone Fleming ...
Anne Crawford
Mr. Barnes
Kali Hansa ...
Gypsy Witch
William Grant
Mother Gautère
Managing Editor
Julia Saly ...
Barnes' maid (as La Pocha)
María Vidal ...
Simona Comodare - Mother of the first sacrificed child
Concha Gómez Conde ...
Mother of the kidnapped child
Ernesto Vañes


An old witch seeks vengence through the daughter of the politician who had her thrown in jail. Soon the little girl's head is spinning around, and an old priest is called in to perform an exorcism. Written by Humberto Amador

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Good and evil battle for possession of the innocent!




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Because Linda Blair was dubbed by Marián Salgado in the Spanish version of The Exorcist (1973), director Amando de Ossorio cast Salgado as the lead in his answer to the successful American horror movie. See more »


Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Gypsies, tramps and … DEMON WITCH CHILDREN!!
19 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Amando de Ossorio will probably always be my Spanish horror-hero because he made the utterly amazing "Blind Dead"-quadrology and also the even more amazing (but sadly obscure) "Lorelei's Grasp". His horror films, even the less good ones, are hugely atmospheric and often manage to come across as genuinely creepy even though the subject matter is far-fetched and implausible. This theory works for "Demon Witch Child", too. The film itself isn't impressive and certainly not very original. A young girl possessed by satanic forces that cause her to speak foreign languages and make her body to float in thin air? Now, where have we seen that before? Yes, this basically is the umpteenth European imitation of William Friedkin's "The Exorcist" but, please, don't allow this to spoil the fun. It's an adorably weird exploitation effort, with quite a collection of deranged characters and inexplicably compelling sub plots. In a quiet little community, a gypsy woman is suspected of kidnapping infants and commits suicide by jumping out of the police station's (closed) window. She avenges herself by using her witchcraft powers to possession over the eminent politician's nine-year-old daughter. In this younger body, the old witch can carelessly continue sacrificing newborn children to Satan… Her concerned father and nanny call in the help of a young priest, but he's in the middle of being stalked by a girl who can't accept that he chose God over her. This last part describes a completely irrelevant but entertaining sub plot, by the way. Believe it or not, but the scariest thing about this movie is the young actress who plays Susan! And not even during the sequences where the gypsy witch possesses her soul! No offense to her, but Marián Salgado looks almost naturally uncanny and definitely NOT like an innocent schoolgirl! The elderly actress who plays the actual witch looks pretty creepy too, but at least she was supposed to have this effect. Sadly enough, "Demon Witch Child" disappoints in the gore department. There's no exploitative bloodshed and Amando de Ossorio only hits at gruesome events, like a castration and a brutal baby killing. Perhaps the lack of budget is to blame, but that sure didn't stop our director when he made the "Blind Dead" movies. The possession-effects are nice and cheesy and the eerie music is very efficient. Personally, I have a weakness for shameless rip-offs (I usually enjoy them even more than the real thing) but most horror fans will likely enjoy this film, as long as they're not too demanding.

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