Devil Within Her (1975)

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This weird British hybrid of The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby and It's Alive! stars Joan Collins as a stripper who spurns the advances of a lecherous dwarf and is subsequently cursed by a monstrous baby -- which emits horrifying demonic howls and attacks everyone within reach, including his parents, his nanny and the family doctor (Donald Pleasence). A final exorcism is attempted by a nun (Eileen Atkins), for what it's worth. No clear explanation is given for the link between the spurned dwarf and the demonic influence placed upon the homicidal tyke (even the countless Italian Exorcist knock-offs usually maintained some sort of twisted logic), and the considerable potential for horror in the killer-baby concept is not explored thoroughly enough to keep viewers involved. Also released as I Don't Want To Be Born. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi
Rating: R
Genre: Classics , Horror
Directed By: Peter Sasdy
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Cast

Eileen Atkins
as Sister Albana
Donald Pleasence
as Dr. Finch
Ralph Bates
as Gino Carlesi
Hilary Mason
as Mrs. Hyde
Janet Key
as Jill
George Claydon
as Hercules
Judy Buxton
as Sheila
Derek Benfield
as Police Inspector
Stanley Lebor
as Police Sergeant
John Moore
as Priest
Andrew Secombe
as Delivery Boy
Susan Richards
as Old Lady
Floella Benjamin
as 1st Nurse
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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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Stock your bar and put in your IUD, because this hilariously over-the-top Rosemary's Baby knockoff wants to get you pregnant with its ridiculous brilliance.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
CampBlood.org

An entertaining, stylish, cheesy rip-off of The Exorcist and Rosemary's Baby, that delivers the laughs.

Full Review… | October 19, 2010
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August 14, 2005
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Full Review… | May 24, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Devil Within Her

Okay, strap in for this one, because it gets pretty silly/hectic as things go along... Joan Collins is a stripper who ignores the affections of a dwarf (never a good thing to do) and finds herself cursed by him, so when she and her new hubby have a child, the baby is a puzzlingly violent creature that attacks everyone who gets near it, making mom's life an especially hellish experience. She eventually turns to her nun sister for help, but it may already be too late... Silly fun from the '70s, and the alternate title of 'Sharon's Baby' is especially puzzling, as there's no one in the film named Sharon?!? Rental.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

Blame the Exorcist for so many ripoffs in the mid 70's from Italian shlock Beyond the Door, to blaxploitation with Abby and this goofy British horror, Devil Within Her. Before she became an 80's TV icon playing Alexis on Dynasty, Joan Collins was starring in a string of forgettable B movies like Empire of the Ants and this movie did her no huge favors. This storyline something out of a classic Saturday Night Live skit that would have featured Gilda Radner. Collins, a former exotic dancer-turns down the advances of a dwarf, the dwarf places a curse on her if she has a child it will be born as the Son of Satan. The only one who believes Collins is her sister-in-law, a nun(how convienant, played by acclaimed actress Eileen Atkins.) There is so many problems with this film: It's boring, badly written and directed (too many scenes of people driving around London.) It ends badly for all-especially for the viewers.

Orlando Diaz
Orlando Diaz
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The 70s was loaded with campy horror films, films that were made be taken seriously but thanks to ridiculous plot elements and bad acting they became unintentional laughfests. Most of these campy efforts were "Exorcist" and/or "Rosemary's Baby" knock-offs. "Beyond the Door" and "The Manitou" are two rip-offs two films in this category that had me on the floor with my gut aching with laughter. "The Devil Within Her" (not to be confused with "Beyond the Door" which was released in Great Britain with the same title) is one of these unintentional campfests that makes an excellent triple feature with the afore mentioned films. Joan Collins plays a dancer that gets cursed by an evil midget (you read that right) after she avoids his sexual advances after a performance. The curse leads her new born baby to be a little devil, having superhuman strength and the ability to morph into an evil midget to kill off her loved ones. Can she break the curse with the help of a nun before the baby drives her mad? The whole concept of this film is beyond ridiculous and it's amazing that the cast can keep a straight face throughout the film. A midget cursing an unborn baby... come on! One can't help but laugh when the new born slugs unsuspecting victim's faces, breaking their noses. What's amazing about these campy crapshoot horror films is that they always managed to get great casts. We get Italian cult icon John Steiner ("Shock"), Hammer Horror icon Ralf Bates ("Horror of Frankenstein", "Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde") and gorgeous Caroline Munro ("StarCrash", "The Spy Who Loved Me"). Sadly Caroline is mostly wasted as the best friend but her beauty makes it easily forgivable for this reviewer. Donald Pleasance ("Halloween") does what he can as a confused doctor but I'm sure at the end of the day he's happy to collect his paycheck. Joan Collins plays herself (can she play anything else) but she is damn beautiful, bearing nice amounts of flesh proving her 43 year old body looks like it belongs on a 25 year old. "The Devil Within Her" is a silly, unintentionally funny hybrid of "Rosemary's Baby" and "It's Alive" that is unfocused in the hands of Hammer director veteran Peter Sasdy ("The Vampir Lovers"). The film ended up so bad that it tried to hide itself under multiple titles around the world, including but not limited to "I Don't Want to Be Born" (it's original UK title), "Sharon's Baby", "The Monster" and "The Baby." Under any title, it still sucks but it is much watch for fans of unintentional campfests. Alcohol is recommended for full effect.

Eric Reifschneider
Eric Reifschneider

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