The House of Exorcism

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"Every corner of the soul is lost to the icy clutch of the supernatural!"
  • R
  • 1973
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • 4.6  (813)

The House of Exorcism is a 1975 Italian horror film, directed by Mario Bava and Alfredo Leone. It is considered to be a retelling of an earlier film directed by Bava, La Casa dell'Esorcismo, which itself was a reimagining of the American film, The Exorcist. The film stars Telly Savalas, Elke Sommer, and Sylva Koscina. The film centers around Lisa Reiner, a young journalist who begins investigating an old castle in rural Italy, where a young girl named Elena was once exorcised. As Lisa delves deeper into the castle's dark past, she begins to experience strange and terrifying phenomena, and it becomes clear that the forces that once possessed Elena are still present in the castle, and are now targeting Lisa.

One of the most striking aspects of The House of Exorcism is its use of color and lighting. Bava was renowned for his ability to create incredibly atmospheric and visually stunning horror films, and this film is no exception. The use of vivid colors and stark lighting creates an eerie and unsettling atmosphere, enhancing the film's themes of possession and evil.

In addition to its visual style, the film also features strong performances from its leading actors. Telly Savalas is particularly memorable as Father Alvin, a mysterious and charismatic exorcist who Lisa seeks out for help. His intense and unsettling performance creates a sense of unease that permeates throughout the film.

Elke Sommer also delivers a strong performance as Lisa, balancing both vulnerability and determination in her portrayal of the intrepid journalist. Her character's journey from skepticism to belief in the supernatural is convincingly portrayed, and adds an emotional depth to the film's horror elements.

The film's pacing is somewhat uneven, with some sequences feeling overly long and others feeling rushed. However, overall the film maintains a tense and suspenseful atmosphere, and its more grisly and shocking moments are sure to satisfy horror fans.

One area where The House of Exorcism falls short is in its coherence as a narrative. As mentioned, the film is a retelling of a previous film, and it can be difficult to follow the various threads of the story without prior knowledge of the original. Additionally, the film introduces a number of intriguing concepts and themes that are never fully developed or resolved, leaving some audiences feeling unsatisfied.

Despite its flaws, The House of Exorcism is a visually striking and atmospheric horror film that will appeal to fans of the genre. Its strong performances and unsettling visuals make it a memorable addition to the canon of horror films, and its themes of possession and evil continue to resonate with audiences today.

The House of Exorcism is a 1973 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 35 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.6.

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    4.6  (813)