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The Devil Rides Out (1968)

G  |   |  Horror  |  20 July 1968 (UK)
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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... 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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Christopher Lee has called it his favorite Hammer film. See more »

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From after Rex has fallen asleep at Marie's house (when he has removed his tie), his shirt alternates between having one and then two buttons undone in various shots. Notable is the final scene: when he is walking up the garden, there is only one button undone. When he enters the house, two buttons are undone. 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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Well Regarded And Rightfully So Despite Its Obvious Flaws
22 February 2014 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See 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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