In this re-edit of Lisa and the Devil (1973), a troubled priest attempts to exorcise the soul of an American tourist who has been possessed by the Devil after witnessing supernatural events at a Spanish villa.
Tourist Lisa Reiner faints on the street and is taken to hospital. She shows disturbing sings of demonic possession, so a priest, Father Michael, is brought in to perform an exorcism. However, he first tries to investigate how she became possessed by the devil in the first place. Despite the fact that her personality has now completely blended together with the demonic entity within her, she none the less tells him about the horrific experiences she lived through in the mansion of a twisted Spanish aristocratic family with a dark secret and the devil she met there.
Though it's already listed as being connected with Woody Allen's Annie Hall, which shows The House of Exorcism as a twin-bill on a marquee, it's actually worked into a visual punchline since Woody's character, Alvy Singer, hates Los Angeles, and jovial Christmas music plays while this marquee, along with Messiah of Evil is shown, is shown, representing Alvy's feelings. See more »
Who are you, infernal demon? What is your real name? Tell me. In the name of the omnipotent God, tell me who you are! Tell me!
I am the asshole of the world - the primordial beast. I am the blood, the sweat, the sperm - from the beginning.
You filth from hell - why do you torment this innocent child? Who are you? What are you? In the name of the Archangel Michael, I order you to speak! Who are you?
"Elena"? Elena who? Who is Elena? Who is Elena?
Speak, in the ...
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I prefer watching this re-edit than the original Lisa and the Devil
Blasphemous declaration: I prefer watching this re-edit than the original Lisa and the Devil. Well, I am not going so far as to suggest this is a better made film, just that I have some difficulties with the constant (although very pretty) dreamlike structure of the original. This version clearly comes under the heading of 'exploitation' and can therefore be ignored because of the extremes of language, sexuality and blasphemy on display. I just happen to feel that the editing together is remarkable and adds a little sense to the picture. It may not be a pretty sight but there is real vigorous here and Elke Sommer desires a medal for going back and performing those remarkable scenes. I realise I am upsetting not only fans of the original but at the same time fans of the original Exorcist. So be it, in my opinion, the original is what Bava intended and always hoped to get made but being magnanimous was able to assist in creating an alternative movie, perhaps more able to gain an audience. There again, it seems, maybe not.
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