Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Devil Within Her (1975)

Director: Peter Sasdy

Writers: Stanley Price, Nato De Angeles

Composer: Ron Grainer

Starring: Joan Collins, Ralph Bates, Donald Pleasence, Caroline Munro, Eileen Atkins, Hilary Mason, John Steiner, Janet Key, George Claydon, Derek Benfield

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Not Since "Rosemary's Baby"...

Plot: A stripper regrets spurning the advances of a lecherous dwarf after he curses her unborn children. Months later, her newborn son is a vicious monster.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Besides 95 minutes lasting hours, it's not that bad of a film. It's entertaining in a campy, fun way.  The shit they do with that baby is hilarious.  They were very clever and creative when it came to editing the baby's reaction shots and movements.  I laughed my ass off.  The rest of the picture is played as a serious horror but there's no escaping that 8 pounds of cute monstrosity.  The cast does as you'd expect.  Having Donald Pleasence is a plus.  The kills are OK.  You'll probably get a big kick out of Lucy (Collins) talking about and recreating her stripper days with the dwarf.  The ending, while satisfactory I guess, isn't as grandiose as you'd want (you know to wake you up in case you fell asleep), it serves the picture.  This is one of many examples of how the Brits had lost way in the 1970s when it came to horror films.  It's not bad but don't expect much.  It's currently on Netflix instant with a nice widescreen print.

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