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Race with the Devil (1975)

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Two couples vacationing together in an R.V. from Texas to Colorado are terrorized after they witness a murder during a Satanic ritual.

Director:

Jack Starrett

Writers:

Lee Frost, Wes Bishop
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Fonda ... Roger
Warren Oates ... Frank
Loretta Swit ... Alice
Lara Parker ... Kelly
R.G. Armstrong ... Sheriff Taylor
Clay Tanner Clay Tanner ... Delbert
Carol Blodgett Carol Blodgett ... Ethel Henderson
Phil Hoover Phil Hoover ... Mechanic
Ricci Ware Ricci Ware ... Ricci Ware
Paul A. Partain ... Cal Mathers
James N. Harrell James N. Harrell ... Gun Shop Owner
Karen Miller Karen Miller ... Kay
Arkey Blue Arkey Blue ... Arkey Blue
Jack Starrett ... Gas Station Attendant
Wes Bishop Wes Bishop ... Deputy Dave
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Storyline

Frank and Roger and their wives take off for Colorado in a recreational vehicle, looking forward to some skiing and dirt biking. While camping en route, they witness a Satanic ritual sacrifice, but the local sheriff finds no evidence to support their claims and urges them to continue on their vacation. On the way, however, they find themselves repeatedly attacked by cult members, and they take measures to defend themselves. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Peter Fonda and Warren Oates are burning their bridges and a lot of rubber... on the deadliest stretch of road in the country! See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carrera contra el diablo See more »

Filming Locations:

Bandera, Texas, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Starrett: gas station attendant. See more »

Goofs

Just over an hour in Frank says to Roger that the oil cooler is "mashed up against the radiator, there". But there is no damage to the grill. See more »

Quotes

Gas Station Attendant: What the hell happened to your van here? Your back window is all busted up!
Frank Stewart: I don't drive too well when I'm asleep.
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Alternate Versions

Although all previous cinema and video versions were complete, the 2007 UK DVD release was cut by 25 secs by the BBFC to edit shots of a snake being struck with a ski pole. See more »

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Perfect drive-in fare
30 March 2006 | by inspectors71See all my reviews

Let's hop into the wayback machine and return to the North Cedar Drive-In Theatre in Spokane, Washington, circa 1975. It's hot and muggy and my best friend and I are seeing maybe the fortieth movie of the summer, sitting in my Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser or his 12 year old F-250 (I can't remember which). We sit back to watch Race With the Devil, an obvious B-grade horror flick we've heard great things about from friends.

I haven't seen Jack Starrett's RWD since that night in the summer of '75, but I distinctly remember how good it was, how merrily hell-bent-for-leather the action was, and the way it tied into our goofy fear of Satanic cults and human chains thirty years ago. If you were around the greater Spokane area (now there's an oxymoron!) way back when, you must have heard the stories coming out of Rathdrum, Idaho, north of Coeur d'Alene. This flick was shot in the southwest, but with all the rural versions of urban legends clanking about the Idaho Panhandle, Race With the Devil seemed like a home movie.

I believe the movie made a gob of money that year.

I recommend Race With the Devil in no small part for the fact that it's obvious the people involved are having a great time, a must for a low-budget movie. It has the pacing and the chills to scare teenagers wearing long hair and bell bottoms and, I'm sure after I order a copy from Amazon, it will put a grin on the face of this paunchy, middle-aged nostalgist.


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