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Lisa and the Devil (1973)

Lisa e il diavolo (original title)
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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 - The Chauffeur
Kathleen Leone Kathleen Leone ... Lisa's friend (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:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Italy | West Germany | 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

Lisa's friend was played by Kathleen Leone, the daughter of producer Alfredo Leone. It was her only film role. 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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Connections

Featured in Urban Gothic (2002) 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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Oh, NOW I see what everyone's talking about! Avoid "Exorcism", go with "Lisa"!
5 November 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Well I finally managed to get to see 'Lisa And The Devil' as Bava originally intended it, rather than the very dodgy 'House Of Exorcism' version I had previously seen, and the original is ten times better! Stripped of the tacked-on possession scenes and Robert Alda's priest role, the movie reveals itself to be a superior, atmospheric and stylish "nightmare on celluloid" movie. It reminded me a little bit of Jean Brismee's 'The Devil's Nightmare' in places, and at other times the work of Jean Rollin, without the overt eroticism. It's surreal touches and foreboding feel with probably appeal to fans of David Lynch or Herk Harvey's 'Carnival Of Souls' more than hardcore horror nuts. The cast are all good, but Telly Savalas gives a standout performance just on the right side of over the top, and Elke Sommer appears much more believable as the confused protagonist of this movie, rather than the unconvincing Linda Blair wanna-be of 'House Of Exorcism'. All in all one of Mario Bava's most original and interesting movies. Recommended.


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