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Release Date:
June 1977 (USA) See more »
Half man . . . half beast . . . trapped in a world forgotten by time! See more »
A satanic cult kidnaps 3 young people and Priest Donald Pleasence and Costas Skouras must save them from the hands of this evil! | Add synopsis »
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THE DEVIL'S MEN (Costa Carayiannis, 1976) *1/2 See more (20 total) »


  (in credits order)

Donald Pleasence ... Father Roche

Peter Cushing ... Baron Corofax
Luan Peters ... Laurie Gordon
Kostas Karagiorgis ... Milo Kaye (as Costa Skouras)
Dimitris Bislanis ... Sgt. Vendris (as Fernando Bislani)
Anna Matzourani ... Widow - Mrs. Mikaelis (as Anna Mantzourani)
Christina ... Grocer's Daughter
Nikos Verlekis ... Ian (as Nikos Verlel Verlekis)
Vanna Reville ... Beth (as Gelsomina)
Robert Behling ... Tom Gifford (as Bob Behling)
Anestis Vlahos ... Shopkeeper - Karapades
George Veulis ... Chauffeur - Max (as George Vevlis)
Jane Lyle ... Milo's Girlfriend
Meira ... Maid

Jessica Dublin ... Mrs. Zagros (as Jessica)
Efi Cosma ... First Victim Girl
Lambrinos ... First Victim Boy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Rietty ... Police Sgt. Vendris (voice)

Directed by
Kostas Karagiannis  (as Costa Carayiannis)
Writing credits
Arthur Rowe (screenplay)

Produced by
Frixos Constantine .... producer
Herbert G. Luft .... associate producer
Nick Morrison .... executive producer
Original Music by
Brian Eno 
Cinematography by
Aris Stavrou (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Barry Reynolds 
Production Management
Pantelis Filippides .... production manager
Art Department
Petros Kapouralis .... set designer (as Petros Capourallis)
Sound Department
John Blunt .... sound (as Jon Blunt)
Trevor Pyke .... sound
Robert Rietty .... post synchronization
Visual Effects by
Zoran Perisic .... optical effects
Editorial Department
Emlyn Williams .... assistant editor
Music Department
Gordon T. Chambers .... music supervisor

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Also Known As:
"The Devil's Men" - UK (original title)
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88 min | Greece:94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Iceland:16 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) | UK:15 (video re-rating) | USA:PG
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THE DEVIL'S MEN (Costa Carayiannis, 1976) *1/2, 31 October 2011
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

I recall a still from this depicting a bearded young man being prepared for a satanic rite in a book of my father's called "Horror Films" by Alan Frank. Being set in Greece, this one contrives to feature three actors from the recently-viewed notorious exploitationer ISLAND OF DEATH (1975)! The nominal stars, who make the film tolerable even if being themselves somewhat embarrassed by the material, are the ever-reliable Donald Pleasence (in his combating an evil beyond most mortals' comprehension, here he anticipates his genre-defining turn as Dr. Sam Loomis in the "Halloween" franchise) and Peter Cushing (almost contemporaneously, his frequent sparring partner Christopher Lee had had pretty much the same role – that of the leader of a Satanic cult, typically hiding under a veneer of respectability – in the far superior TO THE DEVIL...A DAUGHTER).

I knew going in this did not have a good reputation (which had kept me from purchasing the R2 SE DVD or, for that matter, the R1 disc, where it was paired with the no-less execrable TERROR {1978}) but I was not prepared to have such a good time with the film (albeit mainly at its own expense!). The heroine tells the hero she was pursued by something in the woods (which we clearly see as men in black capes), he reassures her by saying it was probably just a cow on the loose! Pleasence also panics at the sight of the same men, passing by the window of the local inn and alerting his companion, he goes to look for himself but obviously sees nothing at first (a situation which is repeated throughout, eliciting unfavorable comparisons with a typical Abbott & Costello comedy routine!). Also, it always bugs me how the leading ladies of such fare always feel such a pressing need to take a bath but, here, even if she is almost abducted when doing so, a couple of scenes later she is at it again! When Pleasence and the hero come upon the murdered bodies of their friends they realize that one of the devil's men was attached to the back of a van they just happened to find hidden away while taking shelter – usually they travel in the hero's convertible, with Pleasence chiding him for being a "speed demon" – and whom they had carried behind them along a good stretch of road, except that the man concerned (who is revealed to be the local Police Chief who had obviously shrugged their stories of the town being under some evil influence!)...but when they meet him again the very next day and he acts as if nothing had happened, the hero beats the crap out of him but is finally stopped, not by Pleasence but rather by the timely intervention of Baron Cushing conveniently toting a gun (and occasioning Sergio Leone-type cross-cutting from one sweating brow to the other, complete with grandfather clock ticking away the seconds, until he hilariously decides to blow the latter's hands off)!

By the way, the prime symbol of evil here is a giant Minotaur (the film was released in the U.S., cut by about 6 minutes, as LAND OF THE MIONOTAUR) which turns up from time to time just long enough to showcase its flaming nostrils and utter obvious portentous lines such as that the infidels who intrude upon its cave must die, ditto Father La Roche (surely, Pleasence's character ought to feel proud that the Devil knew him by name!) – likewise generic (and repetitive) are Cushing's incantations, when not grinning idiotically at the ongoing malevolence! The finale, then, has the hero keeping up his inefficient investigation (he is a private eye) by getting caught and added to the sacrificial altar (or, rather, ancient stone seats), while Pleasence purports to block the moon's rays from shining into the underground lair (since he insists the rites cannot start without this 'phenomenon'), flashes a jewel-encrusted cross in Cushing's face and throwing holy water in the direction of the caped creeps, at which the elders among them literally (and messily) explode! This leaves Pleasence to liberate the victims but also lead the town children (whom Pleasence deems innocent even if, during the ceremonies which incongruously seem to occur during all hours of the day, the deadly blow of the dagger had always been struck by the inn-keeper's teen daughter!) to safety. Perhaps the most notable thing about the film is the fact that Brian Eno (former member of "Roxy Music", then a solo artist and later a leading music producer) composed the score, but the result is largely undistinguished – in retrospect, who can blame him for this apparent lack of inspiration?!

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