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Lisa and the Devil (1973)

Lisa e il diavolo (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery | 8 December 1976 (Sweden)
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A tourist spends the night in a derelict Spanish villa seemingly held in the supernatural grip of an eccentric butler, who resembles a depiction of the Devil she had seen on an ancient fresco.

Director:

Mario Bava

Writers:

Mario Bava (screenplay), Alfredo Leone (screenplay) (as Alfred Leone)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Telly Savalas ... Leandro
Elke Sommer ... Lisa Reiner / Elena
Sylva Koscina ... Sophia Lehar (as Silva Koscina)
Alessio Orano Alessio Orano ... Max
Gabriele Tinti ... George
Kathleen Leone Kathleen Leone ... Tourist (as Kathy Leone)
Eduardo Fajardo ... Francis Lehar
Franz von Treuberg Franz von Treuberg ... Shopkeeper
Espartaco Santoni Espartaco Santoni ... Carlo
Alida Valli ... Countess
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Storyline

Lisa is a tourist in an ancient city. When she gets lost, she finds an old mansion in which to shelter. Soon she is sucked into a vortex of deception, debauchery and evil presided over by housekeeper Leandre. Written by Niz

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Every corner of the soul is lost to the icy clutch of the supernatural!

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

8 December 1976 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Lisa and the Devil See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Leandro breaks the corpse's feet to stuff it into the coffin is a reference to the H.P. Lovecraft story "In the Vault". See more »

Quotes

Sophia Lehar: I prefer ghosts to vampires, though. They're so much more human; they have a tradition to live up to. Somehow they manage to keep all the horror in without spilling any blood.
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Alternate Versions

The ending of "Lisa and the Devil" has Lisa boarding an airplane to go back home to America. She falls asleep and wakes up a little later, only to discover that the plane is deserted. She ventures to the front and discovers the bodies of the Countess, Max and others she encountered the previous night. Lisa runs to the cockpit and finds Leandro the Devil flying the plane. He pushes her back to the floor where she transforms into a mannequin of his lost love. The ending of "House of Exorcism" has Father Michael venturing to the abandoned mansion and trying to perform an exorcism on it in order to eradicate the demonic spirits within Lisa (who is still at the hospital). A flash of light, a fierce wind and an explosion indicate the house has been cleansed. See more »

Connections

Featured in L'Esorcismo di Lisa (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto of Aranjuez
Composed by Joaquín Rodrigo (as Rodrigo)
Directed by Paul Mauriat
Philips record L 6444'504
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Weird and Spooky Ghost Story
14 July 2009 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

During the sightseeing in Toledo, Spain, the tourist Lisa Reiner (Elke Sommer) sees an ancient painting of the devil on the wall and leaves her group for a moment; however she gets lost in the narrow streets. Later she gets a lift with the wealthy Francis Lehar (Eduardo Fajardo) and his wife Sophia (Sylva Koscina). However, their car breaks and stops in front of an old manor. While the driver George (Gabriele Tinti) tries to fix the car, the trio is hosted by the blind owner (Alida Valli) and her son Maximilian (Alessio Orano) that invites Lisa to spend the night in the mansion. During the dinner, they are served by the butler Leandro (Telly Savalas) that resembles the image of the devil of the painting. Lisa seems to be living a strange nightmare, recalling her love from a past life, and trapped in the house with that bizarre family.

The stylish and surrealistic "Lisa and the Devil" is a weird and spooky ghost story developed in a nightmarish atmosphere. The movie is visually very impressive and despite of the flaws and inconsistencies in the ambiguous screenplay, it startles many times. Elke Sommer is extremely sexy and Telly Savalas is very frightening. The conclusion is a little disappointing. My vote is seven.

Fortunately I saw "Lisa and the Devil" first; the opportunist commercial version released in USA with the title "The House of the Exorcism" on the trail of the success of "The Exorcist" is terrible and destroys the creepy atmosphere of the original movie. The good thing is the greater eroticism and exposure of the naked body of Elke Sommer. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "Lisa e o Diabo" ("Lisa and the Devil")

Note: On 11 June 2015 I saw this movie again.


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