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The House of Exorcism (1975)

R | | Horror | 9 July 1976 (USA)
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.

Directors:

Mario Bava (as Mickey Lion), Alfredo Leone (as Mickey Lion)

Writers:

Alberto Cittini (screenplay), Alfredo Leone (screenplay) (as Alfred Leone)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Telly Savalas ... Leandro
Elke Sommer ... Lisa Reiner / Elena
Sylva Koscina ... Sophia Lehar (as Silva Koscina)
Alessio Orano Alessio Orano ... Max
Gabriele Tinti ... George
Kathleen Leone Kathleen Leone ... Tourist (as Kathy Leone)
Eduardo Fajardo ... Francis Lehar
Carmen Silva ... Anna
Franz von Treuberg Franz von Treuberg ... Shopkeeper
Espartaco Santoni Espartaco Santoni ... Carlo
Alida Valli ... Countess
Robert Alda ... Father Michael
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Storyline

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.

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TELLY SAVALAS, the devil instilling his vile spirit into the unwilling soul of a woman See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Italy | West Germany | Spain | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Devil in the House of Exorcism See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Father Michael: 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!
Lisa: [possessed] I am the asshole of the world - the primordial beast. I am the blood, the sweat, the sperm - from the beginning.
Father Michael: 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?
Lisa: E... Elena.
Father Michael: "Elena"? Elena who? Who is Elena? Who is Elena?
Lisa: A whore!
Father Michael: Speak, in the ...
[...]
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Connections

References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto of Aranjuez
Composed by Joaquín Rodrigo (as Rodrigo)
Directed by Paul Mauriat
Philips record L 6444'504
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I prefer watching this re-edit than the original Lisa and the Devil
3 December 2017 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

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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