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Writer:
Arthur Rowe (screenplay)
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Release Date:
June 1977 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Half man . . . half beast . . . trapped in a world forgotten by time! See more »
Plot:
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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Nice Atmosphere, Shame About Everything Else. See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (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
Jon Blunt .... sound
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Devil's Men" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
88 min | Greece:94 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | Iceland:16 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) | UK:15 (video re-rating) | USA:PG
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Completed November 1975 (copyright 1976).See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Nice Atmosphere, Shame About Everything Else., 12 February 2008
Author: Ultimex_Varptuner from United Kingdom

The Devil's Men represents what turned out to be one of the last gasps of the occult obsessed horror scene of the 70's shortly before Halloween came along, tore up the rule book, set fire to it and kicked it screaming through a plate glass window.

To cut a long story short a couple of enterprising Greek film makers fancy their chances of nailing together a new film franchise featuring the unlikely double act of womanising, wise talking American investigator Milo and stuffy but kind hearted priest Father Roche. An exiled nobleman is mixed up in some satanic jiggery pokery - offering up tourists as sacrifices to an extremely unfrightening effigy of the minotaur and only Milo and Roche can stop him!

Or something like that.

The reality is however horribly dull, frustrating and loaded with wasted opportunities. I strongly suspect that the fledgling film makers blew most of the budget on getting Donald Plesance, Peter Cushing and Brian Eno (for the soundtrack) onboard and hoped that would be enough to sway audiences in the English speaking world.

It isn't. The Devil's Men looks beautiful with assured, camera-work and fantastic locations. Eno's score, though basically just a one chord drone that he probably cranked out in an afternoon is suitably atmospheric and the movie is laden with cracking 70's crumpet including that Austrailian sort from Fawlty Towers and uber hottie Jane Lyle of Island of Death infamy. But there the positives end. Cushing sleepwalks through it, looking like he has a corn cob up his bum and Pleasance fusses about trying his best, but never quite getting things right. To make matters worse the character of Milo is appallingly flimsy and unlikeable.

Okay, so it doesn't look that good. But from there the film simply refuses to go anywhere. There is an insinuation that the local villagers are possessed, but to be fair to them, they never really do anything very much other than shuffle about looking glassy eyed. Perhaps they were just tired? Just when you are sure things will come to some kind of a head Milo and Roche interrupt the Baron's satanic party with laughable ease, sending him on to meet his maker. The statue of the minotaur falls silent and hey presto! Satan is defeated.

Yeah right.

The inane optimism that The Devil's Men might be the first of a series of films is hammered home by Father Roche's final line mere seconds before the ridiculously rushed ending.

"Who knows Milo? Perhaps one day I may call upon you again to help defeat the Antichrist."

I'm sure you'll be putting that call in any day now Donald.

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