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Release Date:
17 January 1973 (Italy) See more »
A group of vampires keep the body of a witch in a castle cellar. They require virgin blood to resurrect her. A party of people arrive and things kick off. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Mickey Hargitay ... Jack Nelson
Rita Calderoni ... Isabella / Laureen
Raul Lovecchio ... Occultist (as Raoul)
Christa Barrymore ... Christa (as Krista Barrymore)
Consolata Moschera (as Moschera Consolata)
William Darni ... Richard Brenton
Max Dorian ... Doctor
Marcello Bonini Olas ... Gerg (as Bonini Marcello)
Cristina Perrier ... Glenda
Stefania Fassio ... Steffy
Gabriele Bentivoglio ... Priest
Vittorio Fanfoni (as Fanfoni Vittorio)
Anna Ardizzone
Marisa Indice
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tano Cimarosa ... (scenes deleted)
Dunca Balsor ... (uncredited)
Carmen Young ... Mabel (uncredited)

Directed by
Renato Polselli  (as Ralph Brown)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Renato Polselli  writer

Original Music by
Romolo Forlai 
Gianfranco Reverberi 
Cinematography by
Ugo Brunelli 
Film Editing by
Renato Polselli 
Art Direction by
Giuseppe Ranieri 
Makeup Department
Marcello Di Paolo .... makeup artist
Agnese Panarotto .... hair stylist
Production Management
Mario Maestrelli .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Raimondo Esposito .... assistant director
Sound Department
Maurizio Ferrari .... sound
Other crew
Giuseppe Bruno Bossio .... production secretary (as Bossio Giuseppe Bruno)
Giuseppe Gargiulo .... administrator

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Also Known As:
"Riti, magie nere e segrete orge nel trecento..." - Italy (original title)
"Rites, Black Magic and Secret Orgies in the Fourteenth Century" - USA (literal English title)
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98 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2001) | Netherlands:16 (2007) (DVD) | UK:18 | USA:Unrated

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Nonsense isn't always a bad thing, 27 February 2006
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Most people that see this film use the word 'nonsense' to describe it and it's not hard to see why. The Reincarnation of Isabel utilises the age-old horror plot line of a witch being brought back to life; but unlike other films of it's ilk, this one jumps straight in at the reincarnation stage; thus forsaking any explanation as to why the witch was exterminated, and why there are people that want to bring her back. These things are explained somewhat a bit later on; and it's these scenes of 'explanation' that really highlight this film's problem. It's practically impossible to differentiate the flashback sequences from the main action, and if it wasn't for the fact that the woman about to be burnt at the stake was called Isabel, the audience would be none the wiser as to what is actually going on. The film features many scenes that appear to be completely random - some of them may be flashbacks explaining the story, I don't know! However, one thing that I do know is that this isn't a story based film - and when it comes to pure Eurotrash, this film excels!

The film features a very gritty European style, and every scene looks great. The lighting is superb, with several sequences seemingly existing only so the director can show off his impressive lighting techniques. The score is suitably creepy, and this is flanked by some excellent set design. The scenes involving the black magic rites themselves are particularly great because they seem to exist in dreamscape. These scenes look fabulous, and even though they're not making much sense, they still allow the film some credibility. No Eurotrash flick would be complete without gore and nudity, and this film features plenty of both. Beautiful girls wearing little or nothing are plentiful, and the gore tends to be of the 'realistic' kind, meaning that it's not gratuitous; but it looks real, and is all the more shocking for that. The film runs at almost 100 minutes, which is a bit on the long side considering it doesn't really have a plot to speak of. I recommend this film to anyone who likes films to look nice. If you're someone that sees a coherent plot as an essential element for a successful horror movie, then there's a good chance that The Reincarnation of Isabel is not your thing.

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