Rent Lisa and the Devil (1973)

3.3 of 5 from 64 ratings
1h 36min
Rent Lisa and the Devil (aka Lisa e il diavolo) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Lisa (Elke Sommer) - an American tourist travelling in Spain - loses her tour party and seeks refuge in the tumbledown mansion of a blind countess after being guided there by the distinctly satanic butler of the house, Leandro (Telly Savalas). The son of the Countess notices Lisa's striking resemblance to his dead lover and pursues her as a night of murder, strange eroticism and dark hallucinations begins.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Alfred Leone
Writers:
Mario Bava, Alfredo Leone
Aka:
Lisa e il diavolo
Studio:
Arrow Films
Genres:
Classics, Horror
Countries:
Italy, Classics, Horror
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/02/2013
Run Time:
96 minutes
Languages:
English, Italian
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary on 'Lisa and the Devil' by Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas - Audio Commentary on 'The House of Exorcism' by producer Alfredo Leone and star Elke Sommer
  • Introductions to both films by author and critic Alan Jones
  • The Exorcism of Lisa - Assistant Director Lamberto Bava, screenwriter Roberto Natale, Roy Bava and critic Alberto Pezzotta discuss the making of both versions of the film
  • Deleted Scene
  • Original Trailers
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the Special Features
BBFC:
Release Date:
04/02/2013
Run Time:
96 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono, Italian LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary on 'Lisa and the Devil' by Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas - Audio Commentary on 'The House of Exorcism' by producer Alfredo Leone and star Elke Sommer
  • Introductions to both films by author and critic Alan Jones
  • The Exorcism of Lisa - Assistant Director Lamberto Bava, screenwriter Roberto Natale, Roy Bava and critic Alberto Pezzotta discuss the making of both versions of the film
  • Deleted Scene
  • Original Trailers

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Reviews (1) of Lisa and the Devil

Spoilers follow ... - Lisa and the Devil review by NP

Spoiler Alert
04/01/2017

If you are of a certain age, you may remember Telly Savalas as the hugely popular, lollipop sucking detective from the 70s/80s series ‘Kojak’. If you happen to be from the UK, you may also remember Elke Sommer from 1975’s ‘Carry On Behind’ as the genuinely funny Anna Vrooshka. It is no spoiler to say they star as this film’s title characters, for, five minutes in, Lisa sees the image of Savalas’ Landro as ‘the Devil’ on a wall mural in Tuledo and keeps running into him, often as he is carrying a suspiciously lifelike mannequin. Suave and charming (he’s even sucking a lollipop here too – a contractual clause?), he nonetheless exudes a palpable sense of threat.

Lisa, and the audience, then meet a succession of suspicious characters. Not quite grotesques, but a menagerie of people flawed in one way or another, so that a collection of them helps to sustain the feelings of unease. One such character is the ostensibly fey Max (Alessio Orano), who expresses feelings for Lisa. All kinds of horrors are thrown at Lisa, and it seems for a time that Elke Sommers’ is merely required to look as terrified as possible as the weird and the apparently dead line up to shock her.

Savalas is excellent as Landro. Occasionally carrying scenes alone and talking to himself, a lesser actor would not be able to make such a natural job of it. With Savalas, talking to himself seems simply an extension of his eccentric oddness. His scenes with the many mannequins creates pleasingly perverse overtones.

Whilst this a good, unusual horror, the actual scares are pretty tame, despite Sommer’s enthusiastic reactions. Methodical, solid and weird, with the overall effect although playful, is sadly lacking in genuine tension.

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