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Enter the Devil (1974)

L'ossessa (original title)
R | | Horror | December 1978 (USA)
The story in this horror movie revolves around a strange religious icon and the demonic sexual influence it exerts on a young art student. After a gory dream sequence in which the woman ... See full summary »

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Mario Gariazzo

Writers:

Mario Gariazzo (story), Ambrogio Molteni (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stella Carnacina Stella Carnacina ... Danila
Chris Avram ... Mario
Lucretia Love ... Luisa
Ivan Rassimov ... Satan
Gabriele Tinti ... Luisa's Lover
Luigi Pistilli ... Father Xeno
Gianrico Tondinelli Gianrico Tondinelli ... Carlo
Umberto Raho ... Psychiatrist
Giuseppe Addobbati
Piero Gerlini Piero Gerlini ... Rev. Antonio
Maria Teresa Piaggio Maria Teresa Piaggio
Edoardo Toniolo Edoardo Toniolo
Luigi Antonio Guerra Luigi Antonio Guerra
Giovanni Di Benedetto Giovanni Di Benedetto ... (as Gianni De Benedetto)
Elisa Mantellini Elisa Mantellini
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The story in this horror movie revolves around a strange religious icon and the demonic sexual influence it exerts on a young art student. After a gory dream sequence in which the woman imagines herself being nailed to a cross herself, the statue eventually comes to life and begins to sexually torment her. Written by Ørnås

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Ravished! Violated! Possessed by Satan! See more »

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Horror

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Country:

Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

December 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enter the Devil See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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L'OSSESSA has one of the best horror moments ever!
8 June 2004 | by Maciste_BrotherSee all my reviews

L'OSSESSA, also known as THE TORMENTED or THE SEXORCIST, or the ridiculously titled THE EERIE MIDNIGHT HORROR SHOW, is a forgotten EXORCIST rip-off which contains one of the best horror moments I've ever seen. The scene is when the crucifix comes alive. This great spooky scene is unforgettable and totally effective (great FXs). It's a shame the rest of the movie doesn't maintain the level of creepiness exemplified during that scene.

This is one of the most frustrating movies ever. Imagine the producers deciding to to make an EXORCIST copy but while making it, they actually succeed in creating something truly original (a possessed sculpture of crucified man, which is shocking when you think about it) but then completely forgets their original idea in order to make a boring and uninspired EXORCIST rip-off. Had the film continued with the possessed sculpture concept (with the characters trying to destroy it, etc), this film would have rocked. But once the girl becomes possessed by the spirit of the sculpture, she never tells anyone from where the demon came from. She, and the script, completely forgets the haunted crucifix, which is STUPID!!!

If you like so-called "Euro-cult" movies, the first 45 minutes deliver unlike any other Euro-cult movies. But after the scene when the girl has a vision of being crucified and she gets stigmatas, the remaining 45 minutes SUCK. Boring. It goes nowhere fast as it tries to emulate (badly) THE EXORCIST. So, watch the first 45 minutes of L'OSSESSA and enjoy the 1970s fashions, the sleaze and the amazing statue-comes-alive-to-ravish-the-girl scene but after the first 45 minutes, press stop and eject, and might as well go clip your toenails.


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