Enter the Devil / L’ossessa (1974)

3.5 out of 5

Although Enter the Devil is known by a bevy of names—found on most public domain sets under the misleading Eerie Midnight Horror Show title—a cursory viewing will immediately set the ‘Italo-cult’ buzzers blazing for most fans, with director Mario Gariazzo’s penchant for sleaze set on display in spades.

Indeed, this sub-Exorcist yarn from Gariazzo and screenwriter Ambrogio Molteni sets up with plenty of blasphemy, nudity and overall perverse shenanigans, likely to please fans of the director’s notoriously explicit giallo, Play Motel. Make no mistake: Enter the Devil is tried ‘n true exploitation, with particular attention paid to the lovely form of virginal lead Stella Carnacina as she falls under the perverse spell of Ivan Rassimov as, yes…The Devil!

Whippings, crucifixion and sexual shenanigans follow, with even Gabrielle ‘Mr. Laura GemserTinti and Luigi Pistilli making appearances here and there in this satisfyingly low brow exercise in devil worship, possession and gratuitous sex.

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