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The Devil's Rain (1975)

PG | | Horror | July 1975 (USA)
A satanist cult leader is burnt alive by the local church. He vows to come back and haunts down, and enslave, every descendant of his congregation by the power of a book of blood contracts, in which they sold their souls to the devil.

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Robert Fuest
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernest Borgnine ... Jonathan Corbis
Eddie Albert ... Dr. Sam Richards
Ida Lupino ... Mrs. Preston
William Shatner ... Mark Preston
Keenan Wynn ... Sheriff Owens
Tom Skerritt ... Tom Preston
Joan Prather ... Julie Preston
Woody Chambliss Woody Chambliss ... John (as Woodrow Chambliss)
John Travolta ... Danny
Claudio Brook ... Preacher
Lisa Todd ... Lilith
George Sawaya George Sawaya ... Steve Preston
Erika Carlsson Erika Carlsson ... Aaronessa Fyffe (as Erika Carlson)
Tony Cortez Tony Cortez ... First Captor
Anton LaVey Anton LaVey ... High Priest (as Anton Lavey)
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A bunch of Satanists in the American rural landscape have terrible powers which enable them to melt their victims. However one of the children of an earlier victim vows to destroy them. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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Heaven help us all when The Devils Rain! See more »

Genres:

Horror

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Djevelens regn See more »

Filming Locations:

Durango, Mexico

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sandy Howard Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Fuest was told that he would have eight weeks altogether to shoot this movie. The schedule was later cut by fourteen days. See more »

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In English grammar, Thou, Thee, Thine etc are singular. When addressing more than one person You and Yours are used. See more »

Quotes

[Corbis is transformed into Satan in the body of a goat-like being]
Jonathan Corbis: Who calls me from out of the pit?
Satanists: We Christ's children.
Jonathan Corbis: What is thy purpose?
Satanists: Purpose of soul!
Jonathan Corbis: Has it been prepared?
High Priest: It has.
Jonathan Corbis: [points to Mark Preston] Then I command this soul to be purified by fire and water.
[Two satanist drag Mark to the altar]
Jonathan Corbis: O Mighty light and burning flame of comfort, enter this body and cleanse it of its unworthy soul.
[...]
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Borgnine the Goat
10 September 2005 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

The plot of The Devil's Rain is very simple. It concerns the Preston family and a book their ancestors stole decades ago from a devil worshiper named Jonathan Corbis (Ernest Borgnine). Corbis has spent centuries trying to locate the book and will stop at nothing to obtain it and use its power.

What Works:

  • What a Cast! The Devil's Rain is the Airport (or at least The Love Boat) of horror movies. Just take a look at the cast - Ernest Borgnine, Tom Skerritt, Eddie Albert, Ida Lupino, William Shatner, Keenan Wynn, and, although very brief, John Travolta. I'm amazed that the producers could get all of these people to appear in what is essentially a low budget horror film.


  • Borgnine the Goat. This is where a lot of people seem to have problems with The Devil's Rain. They seem to find the sight of Borgnine with goat horns too funny to take seriously. I look at it just the opposite. I've always found it a disturbing, well-done visage. The whole idea that someone could literally transform into a demon is frightening to me. And the make-up is very nicely done. I've seen a lot of big budget films that didn't have special effects half as convincing as what's found here.


  • Melting Bodies. Another special effects moment that is a winner as far as I'm concerned. Sure, the bodies look like they are spewing forth melted orange and lime sherbet, but I still find it effective. I've seen any number of melting body scenes over the years, but the ones in The Devil's Rain are among my favorite.


What Doesn't Work:

  • Did I Miss Something? The movie gives no introduction as to what is taking place at the beginning of the movie. The viewer is literally dropped into a scene with people and actions that are a mystery. It's almost like the first half of the movie is missing.


  • Silly Story. If you try to think too hard about what's going on with the plot, it can make your head hurt. My suggestion is to just enjoy the cheese and forget about trying to make sense of it all. Don't over-analyze it, just go with the flow.


In the end, I realize that The Devil's Rain really isn't that good of a movie, but it's just so much cheesy fun that I can't help but rate it as high as I do. It's a movie that could have only been made in the 70s. It seems to me that anyone with a half-baked idea and enough money could see their vision on the big screen. Many of today's horror movies are so glossy and over-produced that all the fun has been sucked out of them. And, for me, much of the appeal of horror movies is having fun.


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