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El juego del diablo (1975)

| Drama, Horror | 1975 (Spain)
In an intern college, Teresita is a teenager and the only daughter of a rich couple. She starts being troubled by loud sounds and the scary visions of a tall man in black walking towards ... See full summary »

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Andrés (as José Orjas Maese)
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In an intern college, Teresita is a teenager and the only daughter of a rich couple. She starts being troubled by loud sounds and the scary visions of a tall man in black walking towards her menacingly. Soon she becomes obsessed with strange physical symptoms and visions of arms extending from the walls to grab at her, and sometimes she gets violent. Eventually, she kills her own mother but it's ruled as an accident. No-nonsense Doctor Bebeau prescribes electroshock treatment as the only way to cure the girl, but neither the lady doctor, nor the teachers at the college would listen to him. A lady doctor takes the poor orphan in, and upon their first meeting, the girl attacks the doctor and knocks her around the room. A priest is called him to try to wrench the devil out of her body. Written by Artemis-9

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Another European "Exorcist" knock-off (for better or worse)
23 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

I'm somewhat of a completist when it comes to European "Exorcist" knock-offs--I've seen at least a dozen of them. This Spanish film is probably closer to the original model than most of the others (but, of course, on a small fraction of the budget of the Hollywood film and nowhere near as effective). The only real thematic differences between this and the American model is that the girl doesn't seem to be possessed by a demon at all, but rather some kind of tall, evil (perhaps hanged?) priest she keeps seeing creepy visions of, and she actually murders people on screen, like her own mother (in a scene that if this movie hadn't been made a year or two earlier, I'd swear was stolen from "The Omen"--maybe "The Omen" ripped-off THIS movie?). The end also takes a pretty different turn.

I saw this mainly for Jack Taylor, but he is pretty much wasted. The main strength though is the possessed girl, played by Inma DeSantis, who actually out-acts her American counterpart Linda Blair and pretty much carries the whole movie herself. The most famous Spanish "Exorcist" knock-off, "Demon Witch Child," has a very creepy pre-pubescent girl as the possess-ee, but the more typical Euro-"Exorcist" m.o. was to cast a "barely legal" teen or adult woman in the role in order to throw in lots and lots of sex (see "The Antichrist", "Malabimba", "The Sexorcist", etc.). This movie kind of tries to have it both ways by casting a pretty but nevertheless slightly underage actress, dressing her in bikinis and skimpy night-gowns, and leering at her a lot, but never actually crossing into anything too overtly sexual. DeSantis would actually have a much racier role only a year later in Eloy Inglesias's notorious "Forbidden Love Games", and she'd go on to an pretty interesting career, but one tragically cut short by a fatal car accident in 1989.

I personally LOVE Euro-"Exorcist" films, even the really bad ones (this one just tends toward mediocre). I'd certainly recommend this to people like myself (hello? . . hello?), but it obviously won't appeal to everyone.


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