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.
The murder of a wealthy countess, which was erroneously deemed suicide, triggers a chain reaction of brutal killings in the surrounding bay area, as several unscrupulous characters try to take over her large estate.
Lisa is a tourist in an ancient city. When she gets lost, she finds an old mansion in which to shelter. Soon she is sucked into a vortex of deception, debauchery and evil presided over by housekeeper Leandre.Written by
I prefer ghosts to vampires, though. They're so much more human; they have a tradition to live up to. Somehow they manage to keep all the horror in without spilling any blood.
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The ending of "Lisa and the Devil" has Lisa boarding an airplane to go back home to America. She falls asleep and wakes up a little later, only to discover that the plane is deserted. She ventures to the front and discovers the bodies of the Countess, Max and others she encountered the previous night. Lisa runs to the cockpit and finds Leandro the Devil flying the plane. He pushes her back to the floor where she transforms into a mannequin of his lost love. The ending of "House of Exorcism" has Father Michael venturing to the abandoned mansion and trying to perform an exorcism on it in order to eradicate the demonic spirits within Lisa (who is still at the hospital). A flash of light, a fierce wind and an explosion indicate the house has been cleansed. See more »
Oh, NOW I see what everyone's talking about! Avoid "Exorcism", go with "Lisa"!
Well I finally managed to get to see 'Lisa And The Devil' as Bava originally intended it, rather than the very dodgy 'House Of Exorcism' version I had previously seen, and the original is ten times better! Stripped of the tacked-on possession scenes and Robert Alda's priest role, the movie reveals itself to be a superior, atmospheric and stylish "nightmare on celluloid" movie. It reminded me a little bit of Jean Brismee's 'The Devil's Nightmare' in places, and at other times the work of Jean Rollin, without the overt eroticism. It's surreal touches and foreboding feel with probably appeal to fans of David Lynch or Herk Harvey's 'Carnival Of Souls' more than hardcore horror nuts. The cast are all good, but Telly Savalas gives a standout performance just on the right side of over the top, and Elke Sommer appears much more believable as the confused protagonist of this movie, rather than the unconvincing Linda Blair wanna-be of 'House Of Exorcism'. All in all one of Mario Bava's most original and interesting movies. Recommended.
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