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The Devil Rides Out (1968)

G | | Horror | 20 July 1968 (UK)
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Airs Mon. Oct. 31, 8:00 PM on TCM

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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Complete credited cast:
Nike Arrighi ...
Tanith Carlisle (as Niké Arrighi)
Leon Greene ...
Patrick Mower ...
Simon Aron
Gwen Ffrangcon Davies ...
Sarah Lawson ...
Marie Eaton
Richard Eaton
Russell Waters ...


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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20 July 1968 (UK)  »

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1.66 : 1
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The movie's US title was changed to "The Devil's Bride" because its original title made it sound much too much like a Western. See more »


When Rex arrives at the forest to witness the Black Mass, it is almost totally dark. Later in the evening when he phones de Richleau, however, the view outside de Richleau's window shows it is broad daylight. See more »


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 very enjoyable and entertaining blend of action thriller and Satanic shocker.
13 February 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'The Devil Rides Out' is easily one of the most entertaining of Terence Fisher's Hammer movies. While best known for his Dracula and Frankenstein movies, this fascinating blend of adventure thriller and Satanic shocker is not to be overlooked. While technically a horror movie with strong supernatural elements, the movie's use of old fashioned thrills and Lee's dashing heroic character Duc de Richleau, gentleman and occult expert, give this one quite a unique flavour unlike most of the other Hammer classics. Lee is brilliant throughout, as is his nemesis the evil magician Mocata played by Charles Gray (Blofeld in 'Diamonds Are Forever'). The rest of the cast are also very effective. Leon Greene as Richleau's loyal friend Rex, Nike Arrighi as Tanith the mysterious girl rex becomes besotted with, and Patrick Mower as Simon, Richleau and Rex's young friend who foolishly dabbles with Satanism and soon finds himself under the control of Mocasta. The film is consistently interesting, with lots of excitement and some unpredictable plot twists. The Satanism is treated more seriously and realistically than many 1960s horror movies (and wait til you see "The Goat Of Mendes"!) , and this is a credit to Richard Matheson who adapted Dennis Wheatley's original novel. I am becoming increasingly aware of just how many movies I admire that Matheson had a hand in writing - many of Roger Corman's Poe series, 'The Legend Of Hell House' and 'The Last Man On Earth' to name a few. Matheson is one of the most talented and imaginative horror writers to ever work in Hollywood, and rarely gets the credit he deserves. 'The Devil Rides Out' is yet another fantastic movie from the Hammer studio, and highly recommended.

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