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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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(5 articles)
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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Nasty Sleaze as only Jess Franco can do with Style 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)

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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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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Nasty Sleaze as only Jess Franco can do with Style, 5 May 2011
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

*This is a review of the version with the international aka. title "EXORCISM".

Does the plot of this movie serve mainly as an excuse to show tons of sleaze, gratuitous female nudity, sadomasochistic perversions and violence? Yes, it does, and if you have a problem with that you better stay away from this film, as from any other film made by the prolific Spanish Exploitation-deity Jess Franco after the mid-70s. To my fellow fans of the man, however, L'ÉVENTREUR DE NOTRE-DAME aka. EXORCISME aka. EXORCIM of 1979 is highly recommendable, as it combines Franco's passions for sleaze, elegance and controversy in a highly entertaining manner. Franco had cameos and supporting roles in many of his 190+ films, but he plays the main psychopath here.

Mathis Vogel (Franco), an author who writes sadomasochistic stories for a sleaze magazine, is really a religious fanatic who kidnaps, tortures and murders sexually promiscuous young women in order to save their souls. The hot girls working for the sleaze-magazine, who also appear in sadomasochistic fake black masses in front of decadent audiences, soon begin to disappear...

EXORCISM is interesting for a variety of reasons. Jess Franco, who was once labeled "The most dangerous film-maker alive" by the Vatican has been one of the most active adversaries (and victims) of censorship throughout his career; some decades ago, censorship in the name of morality still came partly from the influence of the church. While evil devil-worshipers were very popular villains in 70s cinema, Franco actually gives us an evil Christian who is out to murder promiscuous girls and innocent leisure-time-Satanists. The sleaze-level is high in this one, and anybody disgusted by the combination of sexuality and violence in a movie should stay away from this as from most other Franco-flicks. The young Lina Romay (Franco's real-life wife) is the most beautiful member of the entirely exhibitionist female cast. The story is often ridiculous but fun to follow, even though some clichéd elements like super-idiotic police might make viewers roll their eyes. As in the majority of Franco's films, the set-pieces, cinematography and score are great. As it is the case with many other Franco-movies, there are (hardcore-pornographic) alternate cuts of this movie available, this is a review of the non-porn 'Horror' version. Sleazy Franco-typical nastiness, recommended to my fellow fans of the man.

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