Devil’s Nightmare / La plus longue nuit du diable (1971)

4.0 out of 5

This atmospheric little film from director Jean Brismee is a fairly common culprit on the public domain circuit, often finding its way on the fifty film multipacks available at local chain retailers. While Redemption’s older DVD release of this film serves as the definitive version of Devil’s Nightmare at this point, even the more commonly found versions of Brismee’s epic serve as engrossing viewing, thanks primarily to the erotic, captivating presence of Erika Blanc as a vengeful succubus.

While Blanc is, of course, focused upon by Brismee as the film’s main point of interest, Devil’s Nightmare succeeds on a number of other levels, one of which is the nice melding of the gothic and giallo genres achieved by Brismee and his composer Alessandro Alessandroni, whose iconic score, featuring the inimitable vocals of Edda Dell’Orso, lifts Devil’s Nightmare into the upper echelon of is genre, alongside Bava’s Black Sunday and Mario Caiano’s Nightmare Castle.

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