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The Devil Rides Out (1968)

G | | Horror | 20 July 1968 (UK)
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Devil worshipers plan to convert two new victims.

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writers:

Richard Matheson (screenplay), Dennis Wheatley (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher Lee ... Duc de Richleau
Charles Gray ... Mocata
Nike Arrighi Nike Arrighi ... Tanith Carlisle (as Niké Arrighi)
Leon Greene ... Rex Van Ryn
Patrick Mower ... Simon Aron
Gwen Ffrangcon Davies ... Countess
Sarah Lawson ... Marie Eaton
Paul Eddington ... Richard Eaton
Rosalyn Landor ... Peggy Eaton
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Malin
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The beauty of woman... the demon of darkness... the unholy union of "The Devil's Bride"!

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil Rides Out See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Scenes of this movie were used in the 1982 video clip "The Number of the Beast" by Iron Maiden. See more »

Goofs

When Rex arrives at the forest to witness the Black Mass, it is almost totally dark. Later in the evening when he phones de Richleau, however, the view outside de Richleau's window shows it is broad daylight. See more »

Quotes

Marie Eaton: [watching Mocata prepare to sacrifice her daughter, Peggy] Those words you said before, say them again.
Duc de Richleau: [helplessly] I cannot!
Marie Eaton: [urgently] You must! My baby is going to die if you don't. You must speak those words again.
Mocata: [carrying on with the ritual] The bride of chaos.
[coven repeats]
Mocata: The rider upon the beast.
[coven repeats]
Mocata: With this knife, do I draw out the blood, which is thy life.
Marie Eaton: [possessed by the spirit of Tanith] Only they who love without desire, shall have power granted them in their darkest...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The 2012 UK Blu-ray Disc released by Studio Canal features digitally enhanced special effects. The makers of the Blu-ray claim to complete shots which had never been finished due to budget reasons:
  • Matte shot of Simon's mansion with the Observatory dome has been replaced with a CGI background.
  • During the ritual at the climax of the movie a lightning has been replaced with a new CGI lightning.
  • Spider sequence: Shadow for the spider has been added, some matte shots enhanced, and digital smoke added when the spider is sprayed with holy water.
  • The Angel of Death sequence: A light effect is illuminating the door to cover the poor original optical effect when the angel rides through the door. The close up of the Angel of Death has a new background with flames as the original intended shot was never finished.
  • The matte shots of Charley Grey's death in the fire have been digitally corrected as there were optical errors in the layers of the matte shots.
  • Several other matte shots have been improved by removing matte lines.
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A very enjoyable and entertaining blend of action thriller and Satanic shocker.
13 February 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'The Devil Rides Out' is easily one of the most entertaining of Terence Fisher's Hammer movies. While best known for his Dracula and Frankenstein movies, this fascinating blend of adventure thriller and Satanic shocker is not to be overlooked. While technically a horror movie with strong supernatural elements, the movie's use of old fashioned thrills and Lee's dashing heroic character Duc de Richleau, gentleman and occult expert, give this one quite a unique flavour unlike most of the other Hammer classics. Lee is brilliant throughout, as is his nemesis the evil magician Mocata played by Charles Gray (Blofeld in 'Diamonds Are Forever'). The rest of the cast are also very effective. Leon Greene as Richleau's loyal friend Rex, Nike Arrighi as Tanith the mysterious girl rex becomes besotted with, and Patrick Mower as Simon, Richleau and Rex's young friend who foolishly dabbles with Satanism and soon finds himself under the control of Mocasta. The film is consistently interesting, with lots of excitement and some unpredictable plot twists. The Satanism is treated more seriously and realistically than many 1960s horror movies (and wait til you see "The Goat Of Mendes"!) , and this is a credit to Richard Matheson who adapted Dennis Wheatley's original novel. I am becoming increasingly aware of just how many movies I admire that Matheson had a hand in writing - many of Roger Corman's Poe series, 'The Legend Of Hell House' and 'The Last Man On Earth' to name a few. Matheson is one of the most talented and imaginative horror writers to ever work in Hollywood, and rarely gets the credit he deserves. 'The Devil Rides Out' is yet another fantastic movie from the Hammer studio, and highly recommended.


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