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Devils of Darkness (1965)

 -  Horror  -  May 1965 (USA)
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A secret vampire cult, which has its headquarters beneath the town cemetery, searches for victims for its human sacrifice rituals.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Paul Baxter
Hubert Noël ...
Count Sinistre (as Hubert Noel)
Carole Gray ...
Tania
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Karen
Diana Decker ...
Madeleine
Rona Anderson ...
Anne
Peter Illing ...
Inspector Malin
Gerard Heinz ...
Bouvier
Brian Oulton ...
The Colonel
Walter Brown ...
Bruno
Eddie Byrne ...
Dr. Kelsey
Victor Brooks ...
Inspector Hardwick
Marie Burke ...
Old Gypsy Woman
Marianne Stone ...
The Duchess
Avril Angers ...
Midge
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In a sleepy town in Britanny, Armond du Moliere, the Count Sinistre, and his Gypsy bride Tanya, vampires, control everything through a dark, bloody cult. English tourists disturb their cave coffins and must die, but Paul Baxter escapes and takes with him the count' golden bat talisman. To retrieve it and exact revenge, the whole cult follows to England, lusting for blood, a cover-up and new recruits, which also causes jealousy. Written by KGF Vissers

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Called from the Grave...To Follow a Mystic Cult of Evil See more »

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May 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Daimones tou skotous  »

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£110,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex) (uncredited)

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(Eastman Colour)

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1.85 : 1
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Britain's very first vampire feature set in modern day, instead of the Gothic style popularized by Hammer Films. See more »

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As two of the characters emerge from the ruins towards the end, one of the allegedly deceased flickers their eyes. See more »

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For British Horror Film Completists Only
28 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite being a longtime fan of the British horror film, it was only recently that I learned of the existence of 1965's "Devils of Darkness," and now that I have seen it, I know why. This product of Pinewood Studios is a fairly undistinguished effort that just barely manages to entertain and is never even remotely chilling. In it, William Sylvester (who psychotronic-film fans will recall from such genre favorites as "Gorgo," "The Devil Doll" and "2001") runs afoul of a French vampire called Count Sinistre (born in 1588) and his immortal gypsy bride, Tania, while on holiday in Brittany. The filmmakers apparently felt that a vampire wasn't enough for this picture, so threw in a pack of devil worshippers as well, plus some voodoo trimming. Unfortunately, the resultant stew never quite comes together, and the fact that Hubert Noel as the Count is hardly a threatening presence only compounds the problem. A subplot that has him endeavoring to recover a missing talisman simply peters out by the film's end, and the picture's resolution is waaay too rushed and abrupt, I feel. On the plus side, Sylvester is as sturdy and dependable as ever, and the film's production values are fairly high. The picture contains a couple of strange British beatnik party sequences showcasing some subtly suggested marijuana consumption and lesbianism, and an energetic and atmospheric gypsy camp intro opens the film promisingly. Ultimately, however, "Devils of Darkness" turns out to be a rather tame, blah picture; not bad, but certainly nothing great. If you've seen all the horror films put out by Hammer and Amicus Studios, do by all means give it a try. This picture really is for British horror film completists only.


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