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The Demons (1973)

Les démons (original title)
A group of nuns become possessed by demons and are then tortured in a dungeon of horrors during the inquisition.


Jesús Franco (as Clifford Brown)


Jesús Franco (as Clifford Brown)




Credited cast:
Anne Libert ... Sister Kathleen
Carmen Yazalde ... Sister Margaret (as Britt Nichols)
Doris Thomas Doris Thomas ... Mother Rosalinda
Karin Field ... Lady De Winter
Cihangir Gaffari Cihangir Gaffari ... Lord Justice Jeffries (as John Foster)
Luis Barboo ... Truro
Howard Vernon ... Lord Malcolm De Winter
Alberto Dalbés ... Thomas Renfield
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rosa Palomar Rosa Palomar


As the scarlet flames lick her pale and desperate face while the feeble body is eager to succumb, a vindictive unrepentant witch doomed by the Grand Inquisitor Jeffries and Lady de Winter to die at the stake vomits her last malignant and sulphurous curse to all those guilty of her ordeal. As a result, petrified and with the curse of demise upon the accusers' heads, Lord and Lady de Winter set out to trace the witch's dark bloodline, and in particular, her daughters Kathleen and Margaret who have been raised as Sisters in the Blackmoor convent since childhood. But within the nunnery's thick stone walls, rabid desire and evil possession govern, furthermore, only one daughter is the curse's true heir. Which one is granted the power of retribution? Written by Nick Riganas

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The film was rejected for UK cinema in 1972 and eventually passed fully uncut for DVD in 2008 on the Redemption label. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK bluray from Nebulus films has 2 cuts of the film. It features the full uncut 118min French version and also has the cut 88min US version See more »


Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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Jess Franco's The Demons...
7 October 2009 | by MovieGuy01See all my reviews

I quite enjoyed watching The Demons directed By Jess Franco It was rejected in 1972 but later passed uncut in 2008. it is about a witch who is burned at the stake by the inquisition, but before the flames begin to burn her. she manages to curse the Principal witchfinder. The film contains everything from torture, lesbian sex to demonic possession, and also features lesbian nuns around in the film so it is quite a strong film to watch for viewers to see. I think that Jess Franco has directed a lot of good and bad movies. but there does seem many that are enjoyable to watch. I feel that all fans of Jess Franco fans should watch this movie.

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Release Date:

5 February 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

She-Demons See more »

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(restored) | (Directors Cut)

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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