Directed by Brunello Rondi
Purif is distraught when her lover is betrothed to another. When she summons the old ways to curse him, her erratic behavior is interpreted as demonic possession, and the villagers turn against her. The second film by frequent Fellini collaborator Brunello Rondi, IL DEMONIO is a stunning story of obsessive love, set in a rural Southern Italian village where Christianity has integrated many of the old superstitious beliefs.
Purif is distraught when her lover is betrothed to another. When she summons the old ways to curse him, her erratic behavior is interpreted as demonic possession.
Cast: Daliah Lavi, Frank Wolff, Anna María Aveta, Tiziana Casetti, Dario Dolci
More like a Fellini film than like The Exorcist. Only without the occasional laugh you'd get from Fellini. Very much a tragedy, where superstition and religiosity conspire to ruin a young woman. Fascinating work, beautiful black and white cinematography.
A classic tale of a religiously depraved society and a lonely soul seeking love only to become the scapegoat of fear.
Amazing film. Not your typical horror movie, it’s more of a character piece. Awful how EVIL a society can be in the name of religion! Beautiful performance by DALIAH LEVI! Also, a scene in this film inspired that spider walk in the movie “EXORCIST”
This gem is on constant rotation as part of the Folk Horror ShudderTV channel and I've gleefully watched it many times now. Purif is an outcast from the community due too her witch-like behavior. The director relishes in highlighting the weird superstitions promoted by the mainstream religion followed by the same community that persecutes and expels the witch. Great acting, beautiful cinematography. This is another example of the fine curation at Shudder (AKA AMC). Thank you!