Alberto De Martino's imitative occult horror film, photographed by Aristide Massaccesi (aka Joe D'Amato), is probably the best of numerous Italian copies of The Exorcist that flooded theaters in the mid-'70s. Carla Gravina stars as Ippolita, a paralyzed young woman with serious mental problems stemming from the death of her mother. Her crisis of faith and the intervention of a well-meaning psychologist lead Ippolita to remember her past life as a witch during the Inquisition. Eventually, Ippolita becomes possessed and starts seducing local men, only to break their necks. Eventually, she sleeps with her brother, makes a local sorcerer lick vomit from her hand, and levitates out the window. It takes an exorcism performed by an aging monk (George Coulouris) and the family housekeeper (Alida Valli) to restore order. De Martino and the talented cast manage a few chilling moments despite the predictable storyline, and Gravina is quite good in the lead. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
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Through the first half of the movie that characters and plot line were all original ideas; unique in that no other movies were similar in any way. In the second half, the main character of the story becomes possesed through a hypnosis session because she recalled her past life. In the past life, her life was involved in worshiping the devil. Later, her relatives keep her in her room to have an exercism done. Eventually, everything becomes a resemblance to "The Exercist" movie: vomiting green goo, cursing, holy water bath, devil special effects, and the pressing of the crusafix to the victim. After all this, the movie began well but eventually turned in to the "The Exercist" remake; I mean, what kind of exercist movie do you get after a year from the original?
Sets are beautiful, actng is great, just a little nutty story line. Couldnt figure out that food aversion. I guess it's not supposed to be understood. I cant say I I really liked it nor would I want to watch it again.