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The Return of the Exorcist (1975)

Un urlo dalle tenebre (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 23 August 1975 (Italy)
A priest becomes involved in demonology and exorcisms.


(as Frank G. Carroll), (as Frank C. Lucas)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Exorcist
... Barbara, Piero's mother
... Elena Forti
Jean-Claude Vernè ... Piero Forti
Sonia Viviani ... Sherry, Piero's girlfriend
Elena Svevo
Mimma Biscardi ... Succubus (as Mimma Monticelli)
... Leader at the Sabbath
Giuseppe Talarico
Filippo Perego ... Priest
Giangiacomo Elia
Giulio Baraghini
Rita Orlando
Bruno Di Levrano
Franco Lo Cascio


This movie starts with the teenager Peter (Jean-Claude Verne) who takes a picture of a mysterious naked woman (Mimma Monticelli) near a pastoral waterfall. When the picture is developed, the woman's image is gone, and Peter is possessed by her ghost through a cursed amulet he finds at the scene. Written by Ørnås

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23 August 1975 (Italy)  »

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The Possessor  »

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Final film of Richard Conte. See more »


Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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One of the Sleaziest Exorcist Ripoffs
11 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

Cries and Shadows, or Exorcist III as it was released in some places (got to love those international copyright laws), is one of the sleaziest Exorcist ripoffs that I have encountered. That is neither an endorsement nor a warning, just a statement.

The plot has a young man finding a strange medallion while on vacation with friends. Because of this medallion, the teen becomes possessed by a succubus (Mimma Biscardi, here often nude). The possessed's acting out is of a sexual nature. The teen as the succubus (whom, strangely, the victims can see) first tries to rape his mother and then his sister, who is a nun. At about the hour mark, Richard Conte shows up as the priest who will carry out the exorcism. And, that is about all there is to the film.

The film's one asset (aside from Mimma Biscardi's bare skin) is the setting. The film takes place in a village built on a hillside. The bourgeoisie family's villa is at the very top. It is a striking location and used well by the filmmakers. The rest of the film is mostly forgettable. I had seen this film once before and had remembered almost nothing except for the setting. As these type of films go, I prefer The Night Child (aka The Cursed Medallion) and The Antichrist (aka The Tempter). Nonetheless, Cries and Shadows does revel unapologetically in its bad taste. Fans of Exorcist ripoffs might be amused.

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