Lisa and the Devil/The House of Exorcism [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary on Lisa and the Devil by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark
  • Audio Commentary on The House of Exorcism by Producer Alfredo Leone and Actress Elke Sommer
  • "Bava on Bava: An Interview with Lamberto Bava" (by Daniel Gouyette)
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • Original trailers of other Bava films
  • House of Exorcism radio spot

Synopsis

Lisa and the Devil
In this chiller from Italian director Mario Bava, Elke Sommer stars as Lisa, a young tourist who keeps running into a strange bald man who carries around a mannequin. The bald man is Leandre (Telly Savalas), the butler at the estate of a blind Countess (Alida Valli) and her slightly off-kilter son Max (Alessio Orano). In a bizarre turn of events, Lisa kills a man in self-defense and winds up hitching a ride with Frances Lehaf, his wife Sophia (Sylva Koscina), and her chauffeur/lover George. Car troubles land them at the Countess' estate where Lisa is plagued by strange dreams and visions of the man she killed. More troubling for Lisa is that both the dead man and Max appear to know her. Meanwhile, the other guests begin to die: George is murdered by an unseen assailant, Sophia runs over her husband with the car, and then is dispatched herself by a killer who is revealed to be Max. Lisa awakens in Leandre's room full of dummies and runs off through the house. She encounters Max, who shows her the skeletal remains of Eleanor, the lover he killed for having an affair with his stepfather. Max believes that Lisa is Eleanor reincarnated. After an odd sex scene, he is confronted by his mother whom he winds up stabbing to death. Moments later, she reappears and the shock sends Max falling to his own death. Lisa awakens in the house, which now appears to have been abandoned for decades. She boards an airplane to head home, but in a chilling climax, she discovers the plane devoid of all passengers...except for a few old friends including the diabolical Leandre. ~ Patrick Legare, Rovi

The House of Exorcism
After being dissatisfied with {$Mario Bava]'s original cut of Lisa and the Devil, producer Alfredo Leone decided to capitalize on the continued popularity of The Exorcist and inserted a handful of exorcism scenes (shot with the assistance of Bava) into the film and releasing it under the title, House of Exorcism. Innocent, voluptuous Lisa (Elke Sommer) begins her travails when she keeps on encountering a sinister fellow (Telly Savalas), carrying around a mannequin of a man she has killed. Unfortunately for her, she ends up hiding in the mansion of a psycho family where death looms overhead. All of this is intercut with an exorcism story starring Robert Alda as a priest who is trying to help a now-possessed Lisa regain her grip on reality. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Robert Alda
    Robert Alda
  • Telly Savalas
    Telly Savalas - Leandre
  • Elke Sommer
    Elke Sommer - Lisa
  • Sylva Koscina
    Sylva Koscina - Sophia Lehaf
  • Alessio Orano
    Alessio Orano - Max
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