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The AntiChrist (1974)

Cast: Carla Gravina, Mel Ferrer, Arthur Kennedy, more...
Director: Alberto De Martino
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Anchor Bay
Genre: Horror, Italian Horror
Running Time: 112 min.
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Synopsis
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 which flooded theaters in the mid-1970s. Carla Gravina stars as Hipolita, 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 Hipolita to remember her past life as a witch during the Inquisition. Eventually, Hipolita becomes possessed and starts seducing local men, only to break their necks. Eventually, she sleeps with her brother, makes a local sorceror 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, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Raising Hell - Interviews with the Director and Composer
  • TV Spot
  • Poster and Still Gallery


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GreenCine Member Reviews

Not bad. by LVang5 August 28, 2006 - 10:49 AM PDT
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2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This movie surprised me, I figure this is going to be boring and knock off from a previous movie with a similar plot, but I enjoyed it. I have to say Carla Gravina gives a chilling and excellent performance as the possessed Hirolita. The story is predictable and customary, the imperceptible ending could use more vigor. The graphics and special effects are of the 1970's, which works for me. It gives a sense of realism and practicality to the story. Overall this is a good movie for the weekend.




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