The Haunting of Morella (1990)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Erotic Thriller, Gothic Film, Psychological Thriller  |   Release Date - Feb 9, 1990 (USA)  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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One of a few abortive attempts by B-movie legend Roger Corman to recapture the questionable glory of his 60s Edgar Allan Poe films as well as his 70s sexploitation romps, this is definitely the least entertaining of the lot. Taking massive liberties with Poe's tale, the plot involves lovely young Lenora (Nicole Eggert) being possessed by the ghost of her mother (Eggert again), who was tortured and crucified as a witch when Lenora was an infant. After a series of flashbacks, it is also revealed that Morella had intended to sacrifice her child as part of a Satanic ritual designed to give her eternal life. Lenora's creepy governess Mrs. Deveroux (Lana Clarkson) is revealed as Morella's partner in crime, as she conspires to make Lenora's possession complete -- just in time for her to collect a sizable trust on her 18th birthday. Conceived primarily as softcore exploitation, this makes Corman's earlier bastardizations of Poe's works seem positively inspired by comparison.

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supernatural-forces, afterlife, family, Satanism, witch, witchcraft, demonic-possession, flashback, immortality, satanic, sex, curse, lesbianism, romance, demon