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Enter the Devil (1974)

L'ossessa (original title)
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

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Mario Gariazzo (story), Ambrogio Molteni (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stella Carnacina Stella Carnacina ... Danila
Chris Avram 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 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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Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

December 1978 (USA) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Allegedly based on a true story. See more »

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"Ravished! Violated! Possessed by Satan! "(Not necessarily in that order)
27 February 2007 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

Maybe it was because I grew up under power-lines, but I have a strange affection for all these foreign "Exorcist" rip-offs. Most of these movies, truth be told, really aren't any more stupid plot-wise than the original "Exorcist", but they lacked the budget, the talent, and the raw visceral power to make them effective horror movies and usually ended up being merely risible. Still, with a few exceptions (i.e. the Turkish "Seytan"), they weren't as blatantly unoriginal and imitative as many critics (who obviously never watched them on their own terms)have claimed. The Italians, for instance, managed to add a ridiculous sexploitation angle to the proceedings in films like "L'Anticristo", "Malabimba", and this one.

After watching her high society mama (the ubiquitously naked Lucretia Love) being whipped by flowers (yes, you read that right) and engaging in other perverse sex acts with her lover (Gabriel "husband of Laura Gemser" Tinti), a pretty young artist (Stella Carnacina)becomes upset and falls under the spell of of an Etruscan demon/Christ type statue she is helping to restore. The statue comes to life (as the creepy Ivan Rassimov),strips off her calico dress, and "possesses" her in more ways than one. The rest of the movie involves her cursing and attacking her mother, trying to seduce her father, and finally getting exorcised by no less than Luigi Pistilli. Oh yeah, she also vomits green goo, but only at the very end, almost as an afterthought.

By no means is this movie good, but it sure is entertaining!It makes no sense at all, but never slows down to allow you to contemplate its sheer absurdity. And what an exploitation cast! Lucretia Love, who looks to be in her mid-30's, is obviously not old enough to be the mother of the twenty-something Carnacina, but that's not the point, is it? And you also have male character actors like Tinti, Rassimov, and Pistilli all doing what they do best. "Malabimba" has more sex and Mariangelo Giordano, so it perhaps slightly edges this one out, but this is definitely my second favorite European "Exorcist"/sexploitation rip-off ever. Check it out.


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