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.


Mario Bava


Mario Bava (screenplay), Alfredo Leone (screenplay) (as Alfred Leone)
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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 ... Carlo
Alida Valli ... Countess


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


Horror | Mystery


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The film was shot without sound and the dialog was dubbed in after principle photography. Reportedly while directing the cast on the set Bava would play Rodrigo's "Concerto d'Aranjuez" to get the emotion he desired from the actors. See more »


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

To capitalize on the success of The Exorcist, some new footage, featuring Robert Alda as a priest, was shot. It involved Lisa (Elke Sommer) being possessed by a demon. The original cut of Lisa and the Devil was edited and used as flashback material to surround the possession theme. This resulting version was released in 1975 as "House of Exorcism." See more »


Featured in Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre (2000) See more »


To Mirna
Composed by Carlo Savina
Sung by Edda Dell'Orso
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Mario Bava's formulaic horror movie with bizarre and chilling events , being filmed in Toledo , Spain
3 January 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Lisa (Elke Sommer) is a young woman as tourist in a Spanish old city named Toledo . She then is lost and taken by a marriage (Sylva Koscina and Eduardo Fajardo) and their chauffeur (Gabriele Tinti) . They find shelter into a luxurious mansion where inhabits strange characters , a countess (Alida Valli) , his son (Alessio Orano) and the butler (Telly Savalas).

The picture belongs to Italian horror genre , Mario Bava along Riccardo Freda (Secret of Dr Hitchcock , Vampires , The spectre) and subsequently Dario Argento (Deep red , Suspira , Inferno) are the fundamental creators of Latin terror genre . Mario Bava directed excellent horror movies (Mask of demon , Black Sunday , Black lace , Planet of vampires) and mediocre (Baron of blood , Bay of Blood , Shock) horror films . These movies are characterized by slick edition , usual zooms , special overblown use of colour in a glimmer red blood and utilization of shock-images . The film gets an attractive and enjoyable casting , a gorgeous Elke Sommer (The prize) , an enticing Sylva Koscina (Miguel Strogoff) , a veteran Alida Valli (The Paradine trial) and a sympathetic devil with lollipop included played by Telly Savalas (Kojak) . Magnificent and colorful cinematography by Cecilio Paniagua with intervention by the same Bava like is habitual in all his movies , as he's usually cameraman . The musical background was composed by Joaquin Rodrigo with his famous 'Concert of Aranjuez' and the score by Carlo Savina . There is another version called ¨House of Exorcism¨ for the American market adding some images about a priest (Robert Alda) , rip off from ¨The exorcist¨ , making spells , enchantment , exorcisms which results to be embarrassment and ridiculous . The motion picture will appeal to Mario Bava's hardcore fans .

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Release Date:

8 December 1976 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Lisa and the Devil See more »


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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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