The Antichrist 1974 Movie Review: The Eradicator/Kal-EL
The Antichrist 1974 movie is an Italian Exploitation Horror directed by Alberto De Martino. It is originally titled as L’anticristo in it’s native Italy. Mel Ferrer, Arthur Kennedy, and Carla Gravina star in this shocking and sleazier version of the Exorcist (1973) film.
The Antichrist (1974) – Trailer
A young woman in a wheelchair named Ippolita Oderisi (Carla Gravina) was paralyzed in a childhood accident. Despite Ippolita’s disability, she has psychic powers. Ippolita begins to act strangely and exhibiting signs of being possessed by Satan, after witnessing a possessed man jumping to his death during a religious festival.
Ippolita’s father, Massimo Oderisi (Mel Ferrer) begins having an affair with another woman named Greta (Anita Strindberg). Ippolita believes god has abandoned her and puts her faith in Satan. Ippolita, later tells her uncle, Bishop Ascanio Oderisi (Arthur Kennedy) about her troubles. The Bishop notices Ippolita’s bizarre behavior and tells the other to watch her closely. Bishop Ascanio attempts to get Ippolita up and walking again.
A psychiatrist named Dr. Marcello Sinibaldi (Umberto Orsini) gets Ippolita to allow him to do some experimental hypnosis on her. Dr. Marcello Sinibaldi feels her paralysis is more mental than physical. After a big party, Dr. Marcello hypnotizes Ippolita, but instead memories of a previous life where she was a heretic and burned at the stake flood her mind. The troubled Ippolita becomes fully possessed by the Devil and begins spouting vulgar blasphemy, seducing local men and a teenage German student, murdering people. As a last resort, Father Mittner (George Coulouris) performs an Exorcism on Ippolita to rid her of the demon that is in control.
The Antichrist 1974 movie aka L’anticristo is a decent watch, but isn’t very original since it is essentially an Exorcist rip-off. It goes to great lengths to shock the viewer. The Antichrist 1974 movie contains nudity, explicit sex scenes, and very vulgar blasphemous dialogue. There is a over the top satanic orgy ritual sequence that becomes a tad bit ridiculous featuring a woman giving oral sex to a goat, and a decapitated toad being eaten by Ippolita.
Another shocking scene in the Antichrist 1974 movie, is the seduction and murder of a German exchange student by Ippolita. It draws comparison to the murder of the schoolboy in the 1988 British Horror film, “The Lair of the White Worm”. Ippolita ends up breaking the neck of the adolescent school boy. The foaming at the mouth and green bile that comes out of Ippolita’s mouth while being possessed by the devil is disgusting. The bile looks similar to the stuff that was used on the Nickelodeon show “Double Dare”.
My uncut version of the Antichrist 1974 DVD is distributed by Anchor Bay and is 112 minutes. The special effects are cheap looking but effective considering the age of the film. The makeup job done for Ippolita’s possession scenes make her look horrifying. The Antichrist 1974 movie was originally in Italian, but my Anchor Bay distributed DVD only has it in English. The first 8 minutes of dialogue is Italian.
The creepy musical score composed by Ennio Morricone is also quite good. I consider The Antichrist 1974 movie to be a decent watch despite the lack of originality. This cheaply produced and sleazy Italian exploitation horror movie is underrated and not many people have seen it. It is entertaining and you shouldn’t get bored or shocked to the point that you want to turn it off. That is if you are into extreme Euro/Exploitation horror movies.
Filed Under: Exploitation Horror
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