I BOUGHT THIS FILM MAINLY BECAUSE I USED TO DO A DOUBLE ACT IN ENGLAND WITH GEORGE CLAYDON, A LITTLE PERSON WHO APPEARS IN THE FILM.. IT'S CLASSED AS A HORROR FILM AND BELIEVE ME, IT'S DEFINITELY THAT. VERY CREEPY. ENJOY.
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Joan Collins Battles The Baby From HellAug. 25 2011
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This film from 1975 known under a number of titles such as "The Monster", "I Don't Want To Be Born" and in its US release the more interesting "The Devil Within Her" always seems to raise feverish opinions among viewers ranging from it being a complete piece of cinematic junk, an awful camp classic rip off of "The Omen" and "Rosemary's Baby" that is not to be missed, right through to it being an interesting film from the then popular "Demon Baby" genre that flourished in the early 1970's. I personally love this film despite being well aware of all its very obvious short comings. Accused of being a pale imitation (of sorts) of the earlier mentioned horror classics I personally feel the film explores another angle on the demonic child idea with some admittedly unintentional laughs along the way. Filled as it is with horny curse delivering dwarfs, strippers, determined nuns and Ralph Bates struggling with an extremely uneven Italian accent (why did they have to make him and his sister Italian in the story?) the film perhaps for the wrong reasons will definitely stay in your mind after a viewing.
"The Devil Within Her" was produced around 1975 in the dying days of the great British companies such as Hammer and Amicus and in some respects this film does resemble the later products of those legendary film companies. Despite the often bizarre storyline elements the film does however have some very strong points to it. A terrific cast is headed by Joan Collins who really does give her all to her role as Lucy, the mother who becomes scared of her own child when it begins to display an extremely nasty side to its character behind the innocent facade. Joan once again proves what a good actress she can be even when dealing with slight material. Joan herself was very disparaging about her 1970's horror roles in her terrific autobiography "Past Imperfect" and while this film certainly wouldn't win any acting Oscars for her she is excellent as the terrified new mother who can't cope with this "unusual" new baby of hers. Ralph Bates, reunited with Joan Collins after their excellent Hammer thriller "Fear in the Night" actually has little to do here and as stated previously he is saddled with playing an Italian which never really comes off. In the role of Sister Albana, Eileen Atkins does what she can as Bates' sister who is the first to work out what is wrong and then takes action against "The Demon Child". Horror veteran Donald Pleasance as Dr. Finch who delivers the demon baby also manages to play it all seriously which helps the viewer overcome some of the hilariously bad parts in the script. And those moments are aplenty in "The Devil Within Her"!! The horny dwarf called Hercules played by George Clayton has to be seen to be believed and somehow here he possesses magical powers as he curses Joan's unborn baby and manages to superimpose his face over the baby in the crib at regular intervals. This whole supernatural element to the story is never explained which I find baffling and despite being spurned by Joan romantically it seems hard to believe he would try to destroy her life so utterly for a simply rejection of his advances in Joan's dressing room. The stripper club where Joan worked prior to her marriage is also alot of fun with its sleazy owner, gaudy costumes (what little there is of them! and tart talking girls auditioning for parts in the "revue". I personally love the mid 1970's look and feel to the film and there is real interest when the story takes the characters out into the streets where we are treated to some wonderful views of London circa 1975.
While no classic this film is still alot of fun and since all the actors play the story totally straight I believe you will find yourself sticking with it to the disturbing climax. After a number of lacklustre VHS releases it seems that "Scorpion Entertainment" are finally doing this little film proud with a first class DVD release complete with widescreen print and extras aplenty. I will update my review with that technical information after the DVD release in September. They sure don't make horror films like this anymore, mores the pity but I'm thrilled that more of Joan Collins' 1970's horror film work is now slowly getting DVD releases. Sit back and enjoy a most non-Alexis Joan Collins battling for her life against the angelic child from hell in director Peter Sasdy's "The Devil Within Her".
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Some impressions while i watch the picture's first forty minutesAug. 17 2012
Hammer + Jazz
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The first couple of minutes (although certainly not intended) put me in mind of what it might be like to be intimate with Ms. Collins . Acting never was her strong suit . Ralph Bates is a poor parallel parker . I can portray a German person about as well as Mr. Bates portrays an Italian one here . It may be best to succumb to "little people" . Joan Collins is pretty . "Seedy and nasty" workplace her's . I like Donald Pleasence . He's always solid and fun to listen to and watch act . Nuns can be quite demonstrative (no pun intended) . Some children are just plain bad . "Accident's get stranger every day" . Handwringing seems to be cathartic . I need a copy of this film . It's a truly BAD film (in the best sense of the word) . Worth a fish in the stream Netflix . Nice dancing sequences . It does not hurt to be an Anglophile . I'll be resuming my review of this film presently . I do recollect the hilarious stock footage of an adorable baby from yesterday . Let's finish up . The lengthy dream sequence is a hoot , with vaseline on the camera lens (like Penthouse mag) and culminating with Mr.Bates in drag as his Nun sister . Eyes rolled up to show his whites only . Very fun + amusing . More nude dancing (with a whip this time out) . Absolutely marvelous T and A picture . Mediocre television score . Perfect . Sudden wind sounds like an Italian horror picture . Malevolent little person in a tree . Running . Dialing . "Lucy" . Acting for the fences while perspiring . Knife . Cut back to dance club . Cut to walking Nun . Rites at cribside . I'll close out now . If you LOVE bad cinema (like myself) , you MUST see this picture . Load of laughs .
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"I Wanna See This Spooky Baby Of Yours!"...April 23 2013
Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
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In THE DEVIL WITHIN HER, an exotic dancer named Lucy (Joan Collins) is cursed by an eeevil dwarf named Hercules, who puts the moves on her. She spurns his advances, so Hercules puts the hoodoo on Lucy, causing her to give birth to a huge, incredibly strong baby. This is cheeeze in its purest, most hilarious form! Attempting to cash in on the "devil trend", started by ROSEMARY'S BABY, and turned into a full-blown phenomenon by THE EXORCIST, THE DEVIL WITHIN HER fumbles every opportunity to be the least bit frightening. Thankfully, these miscues result in one of the funniest movies I've seen in quite a while! From the totally non-threatening baby himself, to the nun who only wears one, unchanging expression of angry disgust; the characters are a hoot! Let's not forget the goofy strippers, or Hercules, whose best scene is his death-by-nun during the silly finale! Up until then, we only see him in the baby's crib (!!) whenever Lucy hallucinates! Donald Pleasence seems stunned throughout as the all-too serious Dr. Finch. Yes, we do see Ms. Collins naked, for a few nano-seconds, during what must be one of the most horribly filmed love scenes in any movie! Enjoy...
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Decent Film Couple of sound dropouts on the dvdOct. 2 2011
Gregory D. Clark
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The film is ok.Not A classic but is watchable especially since it has good actors Ralf Bates and Donald plesence in it. I noticed a couple of small sound dropouts during the film.I was able to try a second copy it also had the dropouts.Probably not a glitch just in the sound elements used for the disc.
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The Devil Within Her Didn't Want To Be BornFeb. 11 2013
Patrick T. Grady
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I think that the best part of this movie is that is was made completely straight. It's like no one involved was aware of how ridiculous the whole story is. It seems that back in the early to mid '70s, the trend for horror films was demonic possession. In this film, you have Lucy (Joan Collins) who has just given birth. Prior to her marriage and pregnancy, she had been some sort of dancer. I'm not quite clear if she was a stripper. I say this because while other dancers who worked for the same employer were clearly strippers, Joan is clothed and does a routine with a dwarf named Hercules in the one dance we see her do. Anyhow, after her last performance, Hercules decides to get all touchy-feely with Lucy but she's not interested. Instead, she beds Tommy, the club's manager. As she and Tommy leave the club, Hercules curses Lucy and says she will have baby who will be possessed by the devil. So, ok, you've got the set up. The baby is born, he grows rapidly (I guess...he didn't seem that big to me) and then starts to kills just about everyone who gets near him. Oh yeah, Lucy is married to Gino, whose sister, Albana, is an actual Catholic sister. There are all sorts of unanswered questions, some of which the movie proposes and some of which a viewer might have. For example, sometimes Lucy looks at the baby and sees Hercules, so...is Hercules demonic? Is it Lucy's imagination? Does the baby turn into Hercules when he kills people? How does Hercules have the power to curse or possess a baby? See, eventually, Albana attempts an exorcism, which has an affect on Hercules, but between his curse and the exorcism, Hercules is largely absent from the film, except when Lucy looks at the baby and sees his face. So, is Hercules a demon himself, or is he engaged in some kind of witchcraft? I don't know. Then, there is also the question of the baby's parentage, which the movie raises but never answers. See, the night before Lucy and Gino wed, Lucy slept with Tommy again and nine months later, the little devil was born. So, is Gino the father? Is Tommy? And then there is this idea that the baby "doesn't want to be born", which is just odd. The nurse mentions that when the baby is born and then later, Lucy shouts "I know you didn't want to be born" at the baby as he's attacking her but it's just this idea that's thrown out there without anything to back it up. I mean, the baby seems to be enjoying himself, killing at will. But then again, if Hercules is doing all this, is Lucy yelling that at him? Why wouldn't he want to be born? Because he's a dwarf? Because she rejected his advances? That's awfully presumptuous, Lucy!
This movie is totally laughable and the only way to enjoy it is to not even attempt to take it seriously. As mentioned earlier, you've got Joan Collins, who was like 42 when this was made and is looking pretty fabulous (although the other reviewer who mentioned the "gratituous nude shots of her mostly naked" might be overselling it a bit), plus movie fans will probably recognize other notable faces like Donald Pleasance, Ralph Bates, Eileen Atkins, and one-time Bond girl Caroline Munro. They all come together in this mess and try to sell it as something worthy of being mentioned in the same company as "The Exorcist" and "Rosemary's Baby" or even "The Omen" (which came out after this) but it totally falls into the "so bad it's good" camp.
This movie is also known by the titles of "I Don't Want To Be Born" and "Sharon's Baby" (which is weird because there is no one named Sharon in the movie).