This is a big budget quality contender as a possible challenger to the Exorcist. It’s very well made with a well appointed cast and crew, very unlike the rest of the films this week.
Ippolita (Carla Gravina) is wheelchair bound but suffers from delusions. Undergoing treatment in the form of regression, she discovers a former life as a demonic witch. This soon fills her mind taking over her current life and the devil himself takes hold of her sanity and body.
This for me was too long, too big a film for what it had to offer although the budget looked huge, it didn’t capture any magic really. Gravina is a quality actress and here has her hands full with character and situations to fill out, but the film dragged and didn’t hold any real suspense or deadly intent or even dangerous taboo which is needed in this type of film. It dabbles, but seems to be trying too hard, but for a film like this work, the viewer needs some form of connection with the person being possessed otherwise, you just lose interest.
Director Alberto de Martino knows a thing or two about cinema and uses his skills to create a classic quality looking film, but there is little in the way of real heart here. He made another rip off type film too, one of my favourite films, Dirty Heroes, but here, for me doesn’t manage to hit the high level they were aiming for.