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Devils of Darkness (1965)

Approved | | Horror | May 1965 (USA)
A secret vampire cult, which has its headquarters beneath the town cemetery, searches for victims for its human sacrifice rituals.

Director:

Lance Comfort

Writer:

Lyn Fairhurst (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Sylvester ... Paul Baxter
Hubert Noël Hubert Noël ... Count Sinistre aka Armond du Molier (as Hubert Noel)
Carole Gray ... Tania
Tracy Reed ... Karen Steele
Diana Decker Diana Decker ... Madeleine Braun
Rona Anderson ... Anne Forest
Peter Illing ... Inspector Malin
Gerard Heinz ... Bouvier - the Hotel Manager
Brian Oulton ... The Colonel
Walter Brown Walter Brown ... Bruno
Eddie Byrne ... Dr. Robert Kelsey
Victor Brooks Victor Brooks ... Inspector Hardwick
Marie Burke ... Old Gypsy Woman
Marianne Stone ... The Duchess
Avril Angers Avril Angers ... Midge
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Storyline

In a sleepy town in Britanny, Armond du Moliere, the Count Sinistre, and his Gypsy bride Tanya, vampires, control everything through a dark, bloody cult. English tourists disturb their cave coffins and must die, but Paul Baxter escapes and takes with him the count' golden bat talisman. To retrieve it and exact revenge, the whole cult follows to England, lusting for blood, a cover-up and new recruits, which also causes jealousy. Written by KGF Vissers

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Called from the Grave...To Follow a Mystic Cult of Evil See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daimones tou skotous See more »

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Budget:

GBP110,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex) (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Eastman Colour)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

French inspector's name, Malin, is the french word ("le Malin") for Satan. It also means "clever". See more »

Goofs

As two of the characters emerge from the ruins towards the end, one of the allegedly deceased flickers their eyes. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to heavily reduce a scene of a woman dancing with a snake. later releases were restored and believed to be uncut however, DVDcompare.net suggests there are missing scenes. See more »

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Atmospheric at times...but overall weak and uninteresting.
31 May 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Devils of Darkness has a promising sounding title, it's British and it has the typical 60's gothic theme. Yet, it quickly got ignored over the years and it's rarely ever mentioned. Probably because it wasn't made by either of the 3 biggest production companies in that time. The Brit horror industry was ruled by Hammer, Amicus or Tigon and (almost) all their production received cult followings and critics attention. Of course, that can't be the only reason because a good film would be remembered no matter who produced it. Devils of Darkness is anonymous in all fields… Not one aspect in the entire film is worth remembering. It mixes vampirism with other occult elements. A satanic cult, led by Count Sinistre, kidnaps innocent people in order to sacrifice them. An author tries to reveal the secrets and comes into contact with the leader. Devils of Darkness has an extremely promising opening sequence (even before the credits are presented) and the hope you'll see a intriguing occult horror film is falsely raised. After the atmospheric opening, the film quickly falls into boredom with endless speeches and tedious characters. The tension is pretty much non-existent and the few promising horror sequences are too succinct. The beautifully shot cult rites seem to be inspired by Roger Corman's the Masque of the Red Death, but still they're the only sequences worth mentioning. The cast isn't very spectacular, neither. Carol Gray is worth a mention since her beauty reminded me about the typical Hammer sirens. Hubert Noël, the bad guy with a dreadful French accent, is too untalented to make the film memorable and so is director Lance Comfort.


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