Jess Franco, 1975
A gleefully sordid grindhouse gem punctuated with disarming moments of visual elequence, EXORCISM is a quintessential Jess Franco film that takes the director’s idiosyncratic sexual obsessions and folds them within the trappings of the conventional horror film. Made during the height of the demon possession film craze, EXORCISM stars Franco’s wife and muse, the incomparable Lina Romay, as a performance artist who stages faux satanic rituals for the gratification of the Parisian elite. When a defrocked priest with a penchant for SM (Franco) witnesses one of Anna’s erotic spectacles – and mistakes it for an actual black mass – the moral crusader launches a one-man Inquisition upon the sexually liberated women of Paris.
This film has been released in various forms, under numerous titles. This disc includes both the extended erotic version of the film (EXORCISM), as well as a shorter, less explicit horror version with alternate footage (DEMONIAC).
Extended erotic version: Exorcism (97 minutes)
Standard horror version: Demoniac (69 minutes, English only
Original theatrical trailers
EXORCISM / DEMONIAC
aka L’eventreur de Notre Dame,Exorcisme et Messes Noires
Spain 1975 Colour 1.66:1
1920 x 1080p Not rated
Directed by Jess Franco
Produced by Marius Lesoeur
Executive Producer by Daniel Lesoeur
Screenplay by Jess Franco and Henri Bral de Boitselier
Director of Photography: Jess Franco
Photographed by Raymond Heil
Music by André Bénichou and Daniel White
With Lina Romay, Lynn Monteil, Jess Franco, Monica Swinn,Catherine Lafferiére
Produced for video by Bret Wood
PLEASE NOTE: This is an NTSC (USA/JAPAN format) Region 1 DVD. This item does not ship to the UK.