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Ring of Darkness (1979)

Un'ombra nell'ombra (original title)
Four women make a pact with the Devil. The 13-year-old daughter of one of them has begun to shown signs of a dark nature which causes preoccupation and somewhat regret on her mother.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Heywood ...
Elena Merrill
Paola Tedesco ...
Anna Merrill
Lara Wendel ...
Daria Rhodes
The Professor
Ezio Miani ...
Carmen Russo
West Buchanan ...
Peter Rhodes
Marina Daunia ...
Prostitute (as Marina D'Aunia)
Patrizia Webley ...
Sofia Dionisio


Young women join a Satanic cult surrendering their will and bodies entirely to the Devil himself. Years later when they're older women, Carlotta, starts to lose control of her 13 year old daughter Daria, who starts to develop strong powers of her own, aware of her powers and with extreme devotion to The Devil she starts speaking and behaving in strange ways like casting spells and harming people with no remorse whatsoever. And her powers seem to increase exponentially every single day. In her desperation, Carlotta and some of her friends enlist the help of a priest with a crisis of faith to help them perform a strange ritual that will hopefully vanquish the evil out of Daria once and for all. Written by William Linares

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Release Date:

29 October 1979 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Satan's Wife  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When interviewed on set in 1977, director Pier Carpi angrily denied that his screenplay was inspired by The Exorcist (1973) and pointed out to the interviewer that he merely adapted his own novel "Un ombra nell'ombra" which he claimed to have written in the sixties but which, in fact, was published first in 1974. However, it is assumed that Carpi's original cut of the movie was considered too much unlike "The Exorcist" by the producers who thus ordered extensive re-cutting and re-shoots. See more »

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Naked mother versus naked daughter.
16 April 2010 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

"Ring of Darkness" is a pretty controversial Italian horror movie due to Lara Wendel's underage nudity.Lara Wendel starred in 1977 in scandalous "Maladolescenza",so during shooting of Pier Carpi's movie she was no more than thirteen year old.This sleazy Italian "The Exorcist" clone features plenty of full-frontal nudity provided by Carmen Russo,Marisa Mell,Sofia Dionisio,Dirce Funari and Sonia Viviani.There are some memorable scenes in "Ring of Darkness" including the coven rituals,Marisa Mell confronting Lara Wendel,the exorcism and the nude mother-daughter fight.The women defy Lucifer and that's why Lara Wendel's character becomes aggressive and murderous.Satan is using her as his instrument to get revenge on the brides that have betrayed him.7 out of 10.

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