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Ring of Darkness (1979)

Un'ombra nell'ombra (original title)
Four women make a pact with the Devil. The 13-year-old daughter of one of them has begun to shown signs of a dark nature which causes preoccupation and somewhat regret on her mother.

Director:

Pier Carpi (as Peter Karp)

Writers:

Pier Carpi (screenplay) (as Peter Karp), Pier Carpi (story) (as Peter Karp)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Heywood ... Carlotta Rhodes
Valentina Cortese ... Elena Merrill
Frank Finlay ... Paul
John Phillip Law ... Exorcist
Marisa Mell ... Agatha
Irene Papas ... Raffaella
Paola Tedesco ... Anna Merrill
Lara Wendel ... Daria Rhodes
Ian Bannen ... The Professor
Ezio Miani Ezio Miani ... Lucifer
Carmen Russo
West Buchanan West Buchanan ... Peter Rhodes
Marina Daunia ... Prostitute (as Marina D'Aunia)
Patrizia Webley Patrizia Webley ... Prostitute
Sofia Dionisio
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Storyline

Young women join a Satanic cult surrendering their will and bodies entirely to the Devil himself. Years later when they're older women, Carlotta, starts to lose control of her 13 year old daughter Daria, who starts to develop strong powers of her own, aware of her powers and with extreme devotion to The Devil she starts speaking and behaving in strange ways like casting spells and harming people with no remorse whatsoever. And her powers seem to increase exponentially every single day. In her desperation, Carlotta and some of her friends enlist the help of a priest with a crisis of faith to help them perform a strange ritual that will hopefully vanquish the evil out of Daria once and for all. Written by William Linares

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

29 October 1979 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Satan's Wife See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When interviewed on set in 1977, director Pier Carpi angrily denied that his screenplay was inspired by The Exorcist (1973) and pointed out to the interviewer that he merely adapted his own novel "Un ombra nell'ombra" which he claimed to have written in the sixties but which, in fact, was published first in 1974. However, it is assumed that Carpi's original cut of the movie was considered too much unlike "The Exorcist" by the producers who thus ordered extensive re-cutting and re-shoots. See more »

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Referenced in Pieces (1982) See more »

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Dull and amateurish.
12 February 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I read in the IMDb trivia that this film originally was meant as a knockoff of "The Exorcist" and it was re-edited in order, apparently, to avoid legal difficulties. However, in its final form it bears little similarity to "The Exorcist"...or a movie! Instead, it all seems very randomly edited and pointless. And, occasionally, nudity is tossed into the mix but it manages to be very unsexy and even rather silly.

The film begins with a hilariously bad choreographed dance scene that looks like it belongs in the John Travolta film "Staying Alive". Then, abruptly, the film switches to an annoying child (Daria) and her mother. It seems that years before the mother was part of a coven and now Daria is becoming a nasty little demonic child. Why? Who knows. All I know is that the actress acted really nasty through much of the film until she ultimately tore off all her clothes at the end--which is very disturbing since she was a pubescent girl--and too young legally to do such explicit stuff in the States. Perhaps Italian laws were more liberal. But this part, if it's possible, makes even LESS sense than the rest of the film and it ends.

To say that the film made little sense, was completely amateurish and was stupid would probably be a major understatement. The film is without merit--heck, even the nudity is pretty dull (except for those hoping to see some not-yet legal nudity). A despicable and dumb film with nothing to recommend it. Even for camp value it's pretty worthless.


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