Director: Mario Bava,1973

PLEASE NOTE: This is an NTSC (USA/JAPAN format) Region A DVD

Regarded as Mario Bava’s most personal and unconventional film, LISA AND THE DEVIL (Lisa e il diavolo) is a diabolical thriller flavoured with the dreadful imagery and tormenting logic of an endless nightmare. Elke Sommer stars as a tourist in Spain who, upon seeing the image of a bald, grinning devil in an ancient fresco,

wanders away from her group and finds herself drawn into a confounding labyrinth of mystery – lured ever deeper by a mysterious figure (Telly Savalas) who may in fact be the fresco’s Satan made flesh.

After some distributors found LISA AND THE DEVIL too mystifying for release, producer Alfredo Leone (with Bava’s uncredited assistance) hired veteran actor Robert Alda, shot additional scenes, and transformed LISA into THE HOUSE OF EXORCISM, capitalising on the popularity of demon possession films. while sharing much of the same material, the films have come to be looked upon as two distinct entities, beautifully illuminating the stylistic diversity of the Bava/Leone partnership.

Special features:

Two complete films mastered in HD from an archival 35mm negatives

Audio commentary on Lisa and the Devil by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colours of the Dark

Audio commentary on The House of Exorcism by producer Alfredo Leone and actress Elke Sommer

“Bava on Bava: An interview with Lamberto Bava” (by Daniel Gouuyette)

Original theatrical trailers

Original trailers of other Bava films

House of Exorcism radio spot

Film details:


Italy 1973 Colour 95 min 1.78:1

1920 x 1080p 2.0 Mono

Directed by Mario Bava

Produced by Alfredo Leone

Screenplay by Mario Bava and Alfredo Leone

Photographed by Cecilio Paniagua

Music by Carla Savina

With Terry Savalas, Elke Sommer, Alida Valli, Sylva Koscina