Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 6th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: France, December 18th, 1974
Alternate Titles: Les Possédées du démon, Exorcisme, Linda
Approximate running time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Widescreen
Director: Jesus Franco
Writers: Robert de Nesle, Jesus Franco, Nicole Guettard
Cinematograper: Étienne Rosenfeld
Composers: André Bénichou, Robert de Nesle
Cast: Pamela Stanford, Guy Delorme, Lina Romay, Jacqueline Laurent, Marianne Mariel, Richard Bigotini, Catherine Lafferière, Howard Vernon, Jesus Franco
Lorna The Exorcist is a Faust like tale that incorporates elements of Dracula and The Exorcist into its bizarre plot about a woman who can give you anything you want, at least if you are willing to pay the price. The film opens up with a lengthy lesbian scene that in nearly nine minutes in length. There is no dialog in this opening scene with only music and the visuals to guide us on this bizarre journey.
The plot as whole is very simple with a few lesbian sex scenes thrown in for good measure. These lesbian sequences are full on hardcore as the camera peers ever so closely to private parts. The pacing is uneven and if you can manage to stay interested tell the very end. The films climax is very satisfying. Jess Franco is known for recycling plots and twenty eight years after he made Lorna The Exorcist he would remake it in 2002 and re-title it as Incubus.
Jess Franco is a filmmaker, who often worked with meager resources and recycling themes, plot wise and musical motifs. And while these two things have at times contributed to some of his films not quite gelling. In most instances what drive Jess Franco’s cinematic vision. Is his distinctive visual quirks. And with Lorna The Exorcist he is at the top of his game. Many ideas and stylistic techniques that are used in Lorna The Exorcist that are prominent in many of Franco’s other films. Most notably films like Vampyros Lesbos and Female Vampire.
There are a handful standout moments in the film. The first out moment is a lesbian scene that takes place in a bubble bath. The other standout moment involves crabs crawling on a woman’s private parts. The lead character Lorna is cross between Faust with her devilish like deals and Dracula in the way in which she can hypnotically controls the women, who serves her like Renfield obediently served count Dracula.
Performance wise this is one of the stronger casts that Jess Franco had to work with. With the most enduring asset of this film being its two female leads Pamela Stanford as Lorna Green and Lina Romay as Linda Mariel. Pamela Stanford is one Jess Franco’s lesser known leading ladies. With her performance in Lorna The Exorcist being her most prominent and accomplished out of her collaborations’ with Jess Franco. Some Franco’s fan’s will recognized her from the film Cannibals were she played Al Cliver’s wife. Lina Romay’s performance in Lorna The Exorcist is the strongest and most memorable in the film. Jess Franco makes a brief appearance as a psychiatrist at a mental ward and Howard Vernon is underused as Lorna’s bodyguard Maurizius.
And while there is no denying that The Exorcist may have been at least loosely inspired Lorna The Exorcist. The end result is so far removed from that aforementioned film. That to simple label Lorna The Exorcist as a Exorcist clone couldn’t be farther from the truth. Ultimately Lorna The Exorcist is a well made erotic thriller. That flawlessly mixes erotica with its more supernatural moments.