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Malabimba: The Malicious Whore 
Written by: on September 23rd, 2007


Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1979
Director: Andrea Bianchi
Writer: Piero Regnoli
Cast: Katell Laennec, Patrizia Webley, Enzo Fisichella, Giuseppe Maroccu, Elisa Mainardi, Giancarlo Del Duca, Pupita Lea, Mariangela Giordano, Claudio Zucchet

DVD released: September 25th, 2007
Approximate running time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Italian
Subtitles: English
DVD Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95


Synopsis: During a séance the deceased wife of Andrea Karoli returns via a malignant spirit which occupies the body of their teenage daughter Daniela. At first the family has become oblivious to Daniela’s abrupt mood swing which quickly spins out of control forcing the family accepts the help of a nun named Sister Sofia. Can Sister Sofia exorcise Daniela’s mother spirit or will she fall prey to forbidden desires like those who came before her?

Malabimba: The Malicious Whore was directed by Andrea Bianchi who has directed other Italian genre favorites like Burial Ground, Cry of the Prostitute and my personal favorite Andrea Bianchi opus Strip Nude for Your Killer. The story for Malabimba like many Italians films form this era borrows heavily from a successful American production and in this case the film being cannibalized is The Exorcist. There are two main things that like the two films possession of a teenage girl and a priest (The Exorcist)/ a nun (Malabimba) perform the final exorcism rights. The rest of Malabimba: The Malicious Whore is all pure Andrea Bianchi.

If you are looking for bloodshed or moments of fright then look elsewhere. Malabimba is a film all about atmosphere and most of the best moments are erotic in nature. The cast are all more then adequate with the only standout being oddly enough that of Katell Laennec in her first only film as the films lead Daniela Karoli. May be it is her lack of experience which brings out her performance more then an experienced performer who might have overplayed the part. Euro Cult fans also look out for the ever so sultry and sexy Mariangela Giordano (Giallo a Venezia, Patrick Still Lives, Burial Ground) as the nun Sister Sofia. The scene with her and Daniela Karoli getting to know every inch of each other bodies is by far and away the best moment in the film.

Included with this release is an integral of Malabimba: The Malicious Whore which adds about ten more minutes to the film. This additional footage while interesting adds nothing to the film which plays better without it. At times the plot does tend to drag between the naughty bits and moments of demonic possession. The film features a solid score which fits in perfectly with the late 1970’s era of cinema in Italy. Ultimately Malabimba: The Malicious Whore is an uneven film which features a remarkable performance from actress Katell Laennec.

The DVD:

The transfer for this release looks really good with only just a hint of print damage. The inserted deleted footage obviously looks rougher than the rest of the film as it looks like it is sourced from a VHS tape which has seen better days.

The audio mix does exhibits some minor hiss which is present throughout most the mix. The audio is mix is free of any major audio defects and the English subtitles are easy to read and follow.

Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (four minutes), Malabimaba Uncovered: interviews with actress Mariangela Giordano and cinematographer Franco Villa (17 minutes), 13 Deleted Scenes (15 minutes) and the Integral Version of film included which incorporates deleted scenes back into the film (98 minutes). The interviews with actress Mariangela Giordano and cinematographer Franco Villa are candid and informative. The option of watching the film with or without the deleted scenes is one of the coolest features that not enough DVD releases use to their advantage. Considering just how obscure this film is who good the overall audio/video/extras are for this release Severin Films should be commended for putting in so much time and effort into this film.

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