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Lisa and the Devil (1973)

Lisa e il diavolo (original title)
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A tourist visiting Spain spends the night in a derelict 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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Leandro
... Lisa Reiner
... Sophia Lehar (as Silva Koscina)
Alessio Orano ... Max
... George - The Chauffeur
Kathleen Leone ... Lisa's friend (as Kathy Leone)
... Francis Lehar
Franz von Treuberg ... Shopkeeper
Espartaco Santoni ... Carlo
... 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

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

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Horror | Mystery

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R | See all certifications »

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8 December 1976 (Sweden)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Shot in seven weeks. See more »

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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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To Mirna
(uncredited)
Composed by Carlo Savina
Sung by Edda Dell'Orso
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Weird and Spooky Ghost Story
14 July 2009 | by See 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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