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Director:
Writers:
Jesús Franco (screenplay)
Jesús Franco (story)
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Release Date:
20 August 1975 (France) See more »
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...practitioner of gruesome satanic rites.
Plot:
A madman conducts a private inquisition to exorcise demons by torturing women to death. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Wamg Tribute: Director Jess Franco – 1930-2013
 (From WeAreMovieGeeks.com. 2 April 2013, 8:34 AM, PDT)

Rest in Peace: Jess "Jesus" Franco
 (From Dread Central. 2 April 2013, 5:00 AM, PDT)

Exorcism and Female Vampire | Blu-ray Review
 (From ioncinema. 16 October 2012, 5:00 PM, PDT)

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Trippy Eurotrash Porno-Rama See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Lina Romay ... Anne (as Rosa Almirall)
Catherine Lafferière ... Martine

Jesús Franco ... Mathis Vogel (as Jess Frank)
Nadine Pascal ... Rose, a sadist (as Lynn Monteil)
Pierre Taylou ... Pierre de Franval
Roger Germanes ... Malou, the deputy inspector
Monica Swinn ... Maria, a sadist
France Nicolas ... The Countess
Sam Marée ... David Carter
François Guillaume ... Martine's Lover
Caroline Rivière ... Gina, the Nightclub Girl (as Carole Riviere)
Philippe Lebrun
Olivier Mathot ... Inspector Tanner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antonio de Cabo ... (extended edition)
Maria Forlan
Richard Bigotini ... The Count's Butler (uncredited)
Claude Boisson ... Bidouille, the Poacher (uncredited)
Raymond Hardy ... Hotel Receptionist (uncredited)
Claude Sendron ... The Count (uncredited)
Daniel White ... The Doctor (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jesús Franco  (as James P. Johnson)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Henri Bral de Boitselier  writer
Jesús Franco  screenplay (as David Khune)
Jesús Franco  story (as David Khune)
James C. Garner  writer
Marius Lesoeur  (as A.L. Mariaux)

Produced by
Daniel Lesoeur .... associate producer
Marius Lesoeur .... producer
 
Original Music by
André Bénichou 
Daniel White 
 
Cinematography by
Raymond Heil 
 
Film Editing by
Pierre Quérut 
 
Production Management
Marius Lesoeur .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Bigotini .... assistant director (as Pierre Cateson)
Jean-Pierre Ducroux .... assistant director
F. Somet .... assistant director
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Chains and Black Leather" - Canada (English title)
"Demoniac" - USA (cut version)
"Exorcism and Black Masses" - USA (X-rated version)
"Exorcisms" - USA (video title)
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Runtime:
95 min | Argentina:93 min | Spain:90 min
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | UK:(Banned) (original rating) | UK:18 (re-rating) (cut)

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Trippy Eurotrash Porno-Rama, 28 March 2003
Author: aschepler

Jess Franco directs and stars in this 1974 film about a crazed ex-priest who was defrocked for the severity of his beliefs. After witnessing a series of staged "Black Masses," he becomes convinced that the participants are possessed by Satan and kills them in order to "exorcise" their demons.

Although this storyline has a lot of potential, the film never really delivers. Franco's acting is, well . . . let's just say that he should stick to directing. The script could use a little work, too. The priest says almost exactly the same lines every time he performs an "exorcism." Aside from that, Franco was apparently trying to make the film as "transgressive" as possible by loading it with gratuitous full-frontal nudity, suggested auto-eroticism, bondage, sexualized torture, simulated intercourse and girl-girl makeout scenes. There's even an orgy thrown in (set to a ridiculous '70s wah-wah-guitar soundtrack). The result is a film that tries to be both porno and horror film, but doesn't really succeed at either.

This DVD from Synapse Films features several worthwhile extras, including the first-ever commentary by Jess Franco, an alternate opening sequence, the trailer from the heavily-cut U.S. release (titled "Demoniac") and other goodies. According to the liner notes, this film was restored from a number of different sources, so you see color shifts and slight jumps throughout the movie. It's slightly annoying at times, but nothing major. The monaural soundtrack is less than perfect (not uncommon for rare, older films like this) but doesn't detract from the viewing experience too much.

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