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Director:
Writer:
Piero Regnoli (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 September 1979 (Italy) See more »
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Plot:
Bimba's mother has just been murdered mysteriously and the family is holding a seance to contact her spirit. As soon as the mystic finds her spirit things go crazy. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Katell Laennec ... Bimba Caroli
Patrizia Webley ... Nais
Enzo Fisichella ... Andrea Caroli
Giuseppe Marrocco ... Adolfo Caroli (as Giuseppe Marrocu)
Elisa Mainardi ... The Medium
Giancarlo Del Duca ... Giorgio
Pupita Lea Scuderoni ... Bimba's Grandmother (as Pupita Lea)
Mariangela Giordano ... Sister Sofia (as Maria Angela Giordan)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claudio Zucchet ... Party guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrea Bianchi  (as Andrew White)
 
Writing credits
Piero Regnoli (screenplay)

Produced by
Gabriele Crisanti .... producer
 
Original Music by
Elsio Mancuso 
Berto Pisano 
 
Cinematography by
Franco Villa 
 
Art Direction by
Giovanni Fratalocchi 
 
Makeup Department
Mauro Gavazzi .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Carlo Papa .... unit production manager
Marcello Spingi .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roberto Silvestrini .... assistant director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gianni Marras .... assistant camera (as Giovanni Marras)
 
Other crew
Mirella Cavalloro .... script supervisor
Gianfranco Fornari .... production secretary
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Possession of a Teenager" - Europe (English title) (video title)
"The Malicious Whore" - USA (cut version)
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Runtime:
98 min | Italy:87 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Referenced in Malabimba Uncovered (2007) (V)See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Bimba and the Devil, 2 January 2009
Author: andrabem from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Malabimba is not just a sleazy film. The film has more depth than people give it credit for. It is one of the more notorious "Exorcist" rip-offs (and the best of them in my opinion). This is of course a matter of taste. I've seen some of them:

"The Antichrist" (cinematographically speaking is the more traditional of the lot and therefore the easiest to please the majority, but being an Italian film (even if tame for Italian standards) it crosses boundaries that Hollywood would never dare to trespass (the goat scene). It's a film that in spite of being exploitative follows the "Exorcist" recipe more closely and with more seriousness.

"L'Ossessa" (The eerie midnight horror show) – See my comment in IMDb.

"Un urlo nelle tenebre" released in English under many different titles ("Cries and Shadows", "Naked Exorcism" "The Possessor" etc..). The film is a hopeless mess. It's very uneven. Sometimes it's visually stylish and atmospheric (good use of scenery – small village on the top of the hill, narrow and gloomy streets, the house and its interiors etc..), but the film seems like a collage of different scenes, losing some steam in consequence. It was directed by two directors: Angelo Pannaccio and Franco Lo Cascio.

Back to Malabimba. A lonely mansion/castle on the top of a hill. There live the Karolis. The Karoli family was once wealthy and aristocratic, but now they are almost bankrupt. Tragedy, resentments, intrigues, decadence... In this place, Bimba (Katell Laennec - mala means bad), a shy teenage girl, lives a secluded life. One day a harsh wind blows into the house. It's the devil – a hoarse whispering wind. It attacks everybody in the household, but it takes possession of the innocent Bimba. Bimba's sexuality till then dormant explodes. Sexual hunger, anger, frustration, she wants satisfaction at any price... but the grown-ups (with the exception of her preceptor, the nun, Sister Sofia – Mariangela Giordano) are too busy with their own problems to realize what's really happening with Bimba. She's passing through hell and the devil in her will convulse the whole house.

"Malabimba" is audiovisually an engaging film – the hand-held camera explores corridors, enters rooms, follows the characters, as well as the hoarse wind (the devil) that prowls around. The gardens are seen from the upstairs windows, and the distant mountains..... There are many sex scenes (already widely commented by other reviewers). Some hardcore porn inserts are present, but not many, and they don't spoil the overall effect. The images are punctuated by a good and effective soundtrack (some of it borrowed from "La morte ha sorriso all'assassino" by Joe D'Amato, but who cares?).

Immerse yourself into the film, and you'll have an enjoyable sexy audiovisual trip.

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