Exorcism's Daughter (1971)

Analía Gadé, Francisco Rabal, Espartaco Santoni, María Asquerino,
Las melancólicas is a movie starring Analía Gadé, Francisco Rabal, and Espartaco Santoni. Tania, an asylum patient, is under the doctor's care while suffering raging behavioral effects that follow the death of her exorcised mother.
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6 / 10

Waverly Hills.

A doctor joins the staff of a women's insane asylum and falls in love with one hysterical female nut.His methods of curing patients are quite liberal."Las Melancolicas" doesn't work as a horror movie.In fact this is a drama set in a mental asylum.Apart from one lesbian/hetero orgy sequence there is not enough sex and nudity for exploitation fans.The characters are weak and often irritating and the storyline is quite dull.The film is competently directed and offers some political statement.So if you are a fan of early 70's Spanish horror genre you may give this rarity a try,but don't expect anything exciting or sleazy.Jesus Franco it ain't.6 mental asylums out of 10.

7 / 10

How far can you go looking at strange celluloid ma...

How far can you go looking at strange celluloid material, like this movie? It does better at being melodramatic than stupefyingly horrific, which explains how I ran into this title called EXORCISM'S DAUGHTER (U.S. title). Despite the misleading name, there is still reason to go nuts. This may be one of the most warped out experiences you can ever step into. Set in the 19th century time period, you're still looking at another drive-in flick where nothing possibly goes right. The biggest focus concerns bitchy asylum patients in plain cloth, played by inexperienced women without a union. They're really good at banging utensils on the dinner table, making sense. There's something so strange about Tania's character. What's going on, and why does she go bananas? The answer provides a special flashback that is the only horrific scenario about this wicked masterpiece of insanity.

The movie is worth noting on two important things. One is that it's a very early asylum - exorcism feature. Two is an actor named Francisco Rabal, who appeared in the recently discovered foreign film classic BELLE DE JOUR. A horror movie it sure ain't, but you might as well be flying over the cuckoo's nest and having a ball with this one. Unless you can stand the pure aggravation of things to come...

3 / 10

Typical bad print release of a minor 1970's foreign title.

This new Code Red release is under the title "The House of Insane Women." A 1971 poorly-transferred print of the Spanish film, it makes watching the entire 95 minutes pure torture with poor color fidelity, lousy music that reminds one of the 70's Europop and erratic editing that befuddles comprehension of a plot. It appears that over the years of re-releasing the film, the scenes in the early part of movie are out of proper arrangement. The head doctor is being introduced to the "inmates" in one scene, then followed by his arrival at the institution in the next scene. The color registration is off almost through the entire mess. Most scenes are in a washed-out tint, while a couple of intense better looking moments worked in.Other reviewers have dealt with the plot line, so I will not dwell on that.

2 / 10


Tania, an asylum patient, is under the doctor's care while suffering raging behavioral effects that follow the death of her exorcised mother.

Who knew Spain made these movies in the 70s?

The titles are a la James Bond, but that's where the similarity ends.

Very cheaply made and the print has turned red with age so it makes for some hard watching..

Plus I saw this on Roku and you forced to sit through annoying McDonalds commercials -- the same ones over and over again-- every 12 minutes. What a downer.

The film itself is slow and boring and is not exploitative enough to be of interest to fans of the genre.