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The Devil Rides Out (1968)

G | | Horror | August 1968 (USA)
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Devil worshipers plan to convert two new victims.

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writers:

Richard Matheson (screenplay), Dennis Wheatley (novel)
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Complete credited cast:
Christopher Lee ... Duc de Richleau
Charles Gray ... Mocata
Nike Arrighi ... Tanith Carlisle (as Niké Arrighi)
Leon Greene ... Rex Van Ryn
Patrick Mower ... Simon Aron
Gwen Ffrangcon Davies ... Countess
Sarah Lawson ... Marie Eaton
Paul Eddington ... Richard Eaton
Rosalyn Landor ... Peggy Eaton
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Malin
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In the countryside of England, the Duc de Richleau a.k.a Nicholas welcomes his old friend Rex Van Ryn that has flown to meet him and Simon Aron, who is the son of an old friend of them that had passed away but charged them the task of watching the youngster. Nicholas and Rex unexpectedly visit Simon that is receiving twelve mysterious friends. Sooner Nicholas, who is proficient in black magic, learns that the guests are member of a satanic cult and Simon and his friend Tanith Carlisle will be baptized by the powerful leader Mocata to serve the devil. The two friends abduct Simon and Tanith expecting to save their souls but Mocata summons the Angel of Death and the Goat of Mendes to help him in a battle between the good and the forces of evil. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The beauty of woman... the demon of darkness... the unholy union of "The Devil's Bride"! See more »

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Made on a budget of £280,000. See more »

Goofs

Before Tanith enters the house, she is blood-spattered. After she goes inside, the blood spots have disappeared. Later we see them again. See more »

Quotes

Rex Van Ryn: [sadly walks in carrying the body of Tanith] She's dead!
Duc de Richleau: [apologetically] I know Rex. The Angel of Death was summoned. He cannot return empty-handed.
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Alternate Versions

The 2012 UK Blu-ray Disc released by Studio Canal features digitally enhanced special effects. The makers of the Blu-ray claim to complete shots which had never been finished due to budget reasons:
  • Matte shot of Simon's mansion with the Observatory dome has been replaced with a CGI background.
  • During the ritual at the climax of the movie a lighting has been replaced with a new CGI lightning.
  • Spider sequence: Shadow for the spider has been added, some matte shots enhanced, and digital smoke added when the spider is sprayed with holy water.
  • The Angel of Death sequence: A light effect is illuminating the door to cover the poor original optical effect when the angel rides through the door. The close up of the Angel of Death has a new background with flames as the original intended shot was never finished.
  • The matte shots of Charley Grey's death in the fire have been digitally corrected as there were optical errors in the layers of the matte shots.
  • Several other matte shots have been improved by removing matte lines.
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Well Regarded And Rightfully So Despite Its Obvious Flaws
22 February 2014 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

1930s England and Rex Van Ryn departs from a plane to be met by his friend Duc De Richleau . If his name sounds strange then that's nothing compared to his personality . Within a very short space of time Richleau is harping on about the black arts and he's not talking 50 Cent and Snoop Dog . If Rex had any sense he'd go straight back to the airstrip and depart never to return again but he can't do that because he's an all too obvious plot device where Duc De Richleau needs a companion present so he can explain everything about the Occult since the audience aren't too clued up about the subject

This is considered to be one of the very best horror movies Hammer produced . I know what you're thinking something along the lines of " That's not saying much Theo " but deserves to be rated on its own merits rather than winning by default against films where impossibly beautiful maidens get their cleavage out and pop round to Dracula's Castle . Having acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Richard Matheson doing the script helps greatly as does having Terence Fisher as director . Fisher was never in danger of winning an Oscar but is almost certainly the best director of the Hammer horrors

The story itself is utter nonsense featuring a Satanic cult wanting to get the souls of a young man and woman and featuring a cameo of some bloke with the head of a goat but everything is done in such a serious dead pan manner that you can't help being caught up in it . As soon as someone mentions something vaguely important to the plot a crescendo of music blasts over the soundtrack and nothing unimportant happens , not for a second . As soon as anyone has the temerity to say " You can't believe that " a reply of " I've never been more serious in all my life " then the band plays up again . In fact no one ever has been as serious as Richleau and one wonders if Rex isn't to blame . After all if he hadn't wandered in to the film Richleau wouldn't have had anyone to talk to and the band wouldn't have got paid

I often thought the only time Christopher Lee was impressive was when he was in LORD OF THE RINGS but he does carry the film to a large extent as the charismatic good guy and if we had Peter Cushing as Richleau we'd have a different and rather inferior film . I'm not implying that THE DEVIL RIDES OUT is some forgotten masterpiece ready for reevaluation but as pulp horror produced as mass entertainment it is very enjoyable and engaging


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1968 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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