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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on Mario Bava's Career High and Low 'Lisa and the Devil'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood April 3, 2013 at 11:44AM

Euro Horror Week! continues at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing "Lisa and the Devil," which Dante calls "a career high -- and low -- point for director Mario Bava."
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"Lisa and the Devil"
"Lisa and the Devil"

Euro Horror Week! continues at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing "Lisa and the Devil," which Dante calls "a career high -- and low -- point for director Mario Bava."

Bava was finally allowed to create a film entirely to his own taste with no interference from above, only to see it discarded when his original version proved too offbeat to attract a distributor. He never lived to see his cut rescued from the ash heap, believing it would be forever replaced by House of Exorcism, heavily revamped and recut with an added subplot ripped off from the much-imitated Friedkin film. But thanks to home video Bava's original is now in circulation, though usually offered in tandem with its crass counterpart.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.