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Originally Kim Novak was cast in the role of Catherine de Montfaucon. Filming began in the fall of 1965 in France. Near every scene had been filmed when Kim Novak fell from a horse and wasn't able to complete her scenes. Deborah Kerr was hired to take over and every scene that featured Miss Novak had to be re-shot with her replacement. See more »
The Turner print has the main title as "Eye of the Devil" but the ending credit lists the title as "13". See more »
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David Niven and Deborah Kerr who both have been in better films star in Eye Of The Devil concerning the secrets and obligations of a certain French aristocratic family to their land and the peasants there on. Niven is of old French nobility and he married Kerr without telling her all about said obligations.
Way back maybe to Charlemagne's days one of the aristocrats in this wine producing part of France made a deal with old Scratch that a sacrifice would be made to him if the grapevines start withering and not yielding the good grapes. Ultimately the devil demands the head of the family yield himself up for the harvest.
So when Niven starts acting all mysterious and wants to head to the family estate himself, Kerr insists on taking the herself and the kids with him. She gets quite an education in satanic rights.
One thing the Eye Of The Devil does have is one consistently creepy atmosphere. But the leads really don't have much conviction. Donald Pleasance who is the village priest and in league with all the devil worship is his usual evil self. And a pair of beautiful devil worshiping twins David Hemmings and Sharon Tate are beautiful and deadly.
Niven and Kerr had looks that said they'd rather be doing something else. They're what keeps Eye Of The Devil from being a great horror classic.
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