During the sightseeing in Toledo, Spain, the tourist Lisa Reiner 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 and his wife Sophia. However, their car breaks and stops in front of an old manor. While the driver George tries to fix the car, the trio is hosted by the blind owner and her son Maximilian who invites Lisa to spend the night in the mansion. During dinner, they are served by the butler Leandro 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.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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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 »
Lisa and the Devil makes me think of Susperia. In fact, I think those sheer curtains with the appliqués that hang around the 4 poster bed were later used in Susperia. I've seen that film so many times I recognize those.
Anyway, Lisa and the Devil is very low on dialog and big on atmosphere. Much like Susperia, we have the strange lighting, gaudy set pieces, beautiful sets and props, many rooms with fancy wainscoting and molding, and acting that is just slightly off. Dubbing that doesn't quite match up in a subtle way and eerie, dreamy music while the actors stare off into the distance or right into the lens of the camera.
Dialog? Striped down to minimum. Story? Simple enough with a woman straying from her tourist group in a foreign city, wandering alone because she has heard some chimes. But what happens to her? She becomes ensconced in a surreal setting with people living in an old, Gothic mansion. But is it all real? Or is it all in her head? Are the murders really happening or did they happen many years ago?
It's up to you to decide what the ending means. You'll probably enjoy the ride but don't expect anything too, too intense or deep here.
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