Thursday, March 1, 2018

Devil's Exorcist (1975)

Original title: El Juego del Diablo

Director: Jorge Darnell

Writer: Jorge Darnell

Composer: Jose Nieto

Starring: Ima de Santis, Maria del Puy, Jack Taylor, Luis Prendes, Alicia Altabella, Jose Orjas

More info: IMDb

Plot:  In an intern college, Teresita is a teenager and the only daughter of a rich couple. She starts being troubled by loud sounds and the scary visions of a tall man in black walking towards her menacingly. Soon she becomes obsessed with strange physical symptoms and visions of arms extending from the walls to grab at her, and sometimes she gets violent. Eventually, she kills her own mother but it's ruled as an accident. No-nonsense Doctor Bebeau prescribes electroshock treatment as the only way to cure the girl, but neither the lady doctor, nor the teachers at the college would listen to him. A lady doctor takes the poor orphan in, and upon their first meeting, the girl attacks the doctor and knocks her around the room. A priest is called him to try to wrench the devil out of her body.

My rating: 3/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Ah, THE EXORCIST (1973) clones.  They're almost all bad and this one is no exception.  It seems like every country made one back then.  This one's from Spain.  There are a couple of nice outdoor locations but nothing can compete with the shear lack of energy.  There's no suspense, the music is poor (and I expected more from Nieto) and the pacing is dreadful.  The bottom line is it's boring has hell.  Oh, and if you were intrigued by the movie poster like me, there's not an ounce of nudity.  There is one scene that I liked and it's when someone is suddenly shoved over the stair railing, sending them to their death a few floors below.  That was the only bright spot.  It didn't help that I watched a bad VHS fullscreen print with Greek subs burned in...not that a pristine widescreen one would've made me see the light and enjoy the shit out of it.  I would've preferred to see it that way but you take what you can get.

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