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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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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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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 »

Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Maniacs (1996) 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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Surreal horror from Pappa Bava
29 June 2004 | by ericdetrick2002See all my reviews

I love Italian films from the 60s and 70s. I picked up Lisa and the Devil on DVD and then realized that the House of Exorcism is a re-edited, totally different version of Lisa and the Devil. I feel like I need to see the House of Exorcism now.

If you like Bava films, then you will surely enjoy Lisa and the Devil. This is a surreal piece of film making in that you are not quite sure what is reality and what is in the mind of the characters. There is no over the top gore, but Bava uses camera work and generates a creepy atmosphere. I may not reccomend

this film to Mario Bava "first timers" or "gore hounds". While I love to watch a Fulci or Bruno Mattei zombie fest anyday, I still enjoy a classic Bava film the same way I enjoy classical music. They both hit a chord, but a different chord.


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