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The Devil Rides Out (1968)

G | | Horror | 20 July 1968 (UK)
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... See full summary »

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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"

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Patrick Allen also did the voiceover for the UK trailer of this film. See more »

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The story is said to take place in April 1929, the green Bentley was not registered until September 11th 1931. See more »

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Duc de Richleau: [fearfully] Do you realise what today's date is Rex?
Rex Van Ryn: April the, er, 29th, why?
Duc de Richleau: Mocata isn't going to miss the chance of giving Simon his Devil's baptism at the Grand Sabbat of the year!
Rex Van Ryn: [puzzled] What are you talking about?
Duc de Richleau: Tomorrow night! It's the eve of May Day. Within 24 hours, Simon could be lost to us forever.
Rex Van Ryn: What can we do?
Duc de Richleau: [referring to Tanith] We find the girl!
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A different Hammer film, but still fun
30 December 2004 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

This film sets itself apart from most of the rest of Christopher Lee's career as, for a change, he plays the good guy! In fact, he does a rather good job and the character, although a hero, definitely suits his persona. Lee's character is a pronounced expert on the occult and Lee does a great job in portraying him. He brings with him a sense of worldliness that few actors can match and that is perfect for his role here. However, I'm sorry to say that Christopher Lee's performance is practically the best thing about this film. Don't get me wrong, it certainly isn't bad; there's some lovely moments of horror and the film remains interesting throughout, but it's far too serious and the innocent, tongue in cheek edge is one of the things I like best about Hammer. Some of the trademarks are still there; campy acting and over the top sequences been the best of them, but overall this seems like it could have been released by another studio. And that isn't something I want when I'm watching a Hammer film.

That being said, some of the imagery in the film is fantastic. We've got the angel of death, a giant tarantula, several scenes of devil worship and - wait for it - Satan himself makes an appearance! And, get this, he doesn't look ridiculous either! The plot follows Christopher Lee as he discovers that one of his best friends has turned to devil worship, don't you just hate it when that happens? Anyway, Lee doesn't take this sort of thing lying down and decides to dedicate all his free time to saving his friend's soul. Because that's what friends are for, right? The film builds it's atmosphere by way of several sacrifices and other assorted devil worship and a great score. The great score doesn't exactly hinder the film's atmosphere either, and helps to build up a malicious sense of dread throughout. Despite it being more serious than usual, the film is still a lot of fun and it's hard to really call a film that sees Christopher Lee running around trying to stop a devil worshipping cult 'serious' anyway...


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