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Ring of Darkness (1979)
"Un'ombra nell'ombra" (original title)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Heywood ...
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Elena Merrill
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Paul
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Agatha
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Raffaella
Paola Tedesco ...
Anna Merrill
Lara Wendel ...
Daria Rhodes
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The Professor
Ezio Miani ...
Carmen Russo
West Buchanan ...
Peter Rhodes
Marina Daunia ...
Prostitute (as Marina D'Aunia)
Patrizia Webley ...
Prostitute
Sofia Dionisio
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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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29 October 1979 (Italy)  »

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Satan's Wife  »

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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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Yet another Italian Exorcist rip-off
12 April 2009 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

After the release of The Exorcist in 1973; ripping that film off became so popular in Italy that "the Exorcist rip off" almost became a genre. It turns out that Italian filmmakers were still at it six years later and Rings of Darkness is one of the later rip offs. It seems that director Pier Carpi was not happy just to rip off William Friedkin's film, however, and this one also features elements from other Satanic classics such as The Omen and Rosemary's Baby. I have to give the film some credit actually for the plot, as it does feature one of the more interesting ones; although it is rather messy. The basic plot focuses on three women that made a deal with the Devil. However, the Devil has decided to target their young daughters instead; prompting the women to fight back against their master. Unfortunately, it has to be said that this film is something of a missed opportunity and nowhere near as good as it could have been. The atmosphere is really rather good, and while the music is a bit too over the top at times; it does work well. The plot soon becomes indecipherable, however, and unfortunately this means that the film quickly becomes boring. In my experience, most of the Exorcist rip off's are rubbish and this isn't one of the better ones. I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to find a copy.


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