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The Antichrist (1974)

L'anticristo (original title)
R | | Drama, Horror | 3 March 1978 (USA)
A paralyzed young woman becomes possessed by the Devil when a hypnosis session - intended to heal her disability - accidentally awakens memories of her past life as a witch.


Alberto De Martino




Credited cast:
Carla Gravina ... Ippolita Oderisi
Mel Ferrer ... Massimo Oderisi
Arthur Kennedy ... Bishop Ascanio Oderisi
George Coulouris ... Father Mittner
Alida Valli ... Irene
Mario Scaccia ... Faith Healer
Umberto Orsini ... Dr. Marcello Sinibaldi
Anita Strindberg ... Greta
Remo Girone ... Filippo Oderisi
Ernesto Colli Ernesto Colli ... Possessed Man
Bruno Tocci Bruno Tocci ... Possessed Man's Friend
Beatrice De Bono Beatrice De Bono ... Woman healed by statue
Vittorio Fanfoni Vittorio Fanfoni ... (credit only)
Luigi Antonio Guerra Luigi Antonio Guerra ... (credit only)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Viktoria Brams Viktoria Brams ... Ippolita (voice) (as V. Abrams)


Ippolita is a paralyzed young woman with serious mental problems stemming from the death of her mother. Her crisis of faith and the intervention of a well-meaning psychologist lead Ippolita to remember her past life as a witch during the Inquisition. Eventually, Ippolita becomes possessed and starts seducing local men, only to kill them. An exorcism seems to be the only solution to stop the madness. Written by Ørnås

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Deliver her from evil. See more »


Drama | Horror


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Did You Know?


Alberto De Martino would return to the satanic genre with The Chosen (1977), in itself another blatant rip-off, this time of The Omen (1976). See more »


Ippolita Oderisi: This time I'm going to win. You're all afraid, you stinking pots of shit!
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 13 secs by the BBFC to edit shots of a live toad being crushed to death. The Optimum DVD is fully uncut. See more »

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better than the excorcist!
6 February 2004 | by rijsdijkSee all my reviews

This movie gave me chills. Whereas the excorcist didn't scare me in the least, this movie is more detailed, and more focussed on life outside of the girl's room! It's an old movie, but truly scary!! absolutely recommended.

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Release Date:

3 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blasphemy See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Sound System)


Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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