director Jesús Franco
After watching Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), I decided to make a double feature of it, throwing on Exorcism (1975) from Jesús Franco.
Right off the bat, I’m recognizing stuff from a prior Franco film I’d seen, Demoniac. But then I began wondering if I wasn’t seeing stuff from multiple Franco films or what exactly?
With Franco, who has nearly 300 movies attributed to him, with variations of some, like this one, made with a hardcore and softcore versions, I don’t know what. I’m still trying to figure out what was different here, which version is which, what did I just see?
Franco stars with his wife Lina Romay. Triggered from a staged black mass, a crazy defrocked priest (Franco) starts exorcising people by torture and death despite them not needing any such treatment. There is a lot of nudity, but this is still a softcore enterprise. I do think that the longer version is better.