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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 »


Certificate:

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

Roger Marsh: Hey everybody! Lighten up! It's all over!
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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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Edited into The Fall Guy (1981) See more »

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Great little seventies road horror flick!
13 January 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Wow, what a great little flick. Race With the Devil is a seventies road movie/satanic horror film about a group of holidaymakers who get more than they bargained for when they witness the brutal murder of a young girl by a group of devil worshippers. The film is an obvious influence for modern horror films such as From Dusk Till Dawn and The Devil's Rejects, and also serves as a great prelude to later seventies classics including The Hills Have Eyes. There isn't anything particularly nasty in the film, which actually helps it as it allows more time to be spent on the plot and characters. Race With the Devil was clearly never meant to be a shocking horror film, as most of the movie is spent dealing up suspense, and this is good also as it ensures that Ride With the Devil is one exciting trip through the wastelands of America. The plot never really delves into the reasons why the satanic cult sacrifices people, and this is indicative of the time in which the movie was made. The fact that they're cult members is incidental to the fact that they're chasing our leading group of characters.

Director Jack Starrett does an amazing job of creating paranoia for our central quartet. The director ensures that we never really know where we are, and who to trust; and this serves in making the suspense all the more potent. The acting isn't brilliant, but cult stars Warren Oates and Peter Fonda make for enjoyable leads as they try their best to stay alive. The rest of the cast, including the central women, do their jobs well and this film pretty much delivers what you would expect from a seventies horror thriller on the acting side. Race With the Devil spends its first hour building up to an absolutely great climax, which features car chases, gunfights and even good old-fashioned brainpower. The film is slow burning (yet interesting) up until this point, but once it hits the hour mark – it really takes off. The car chases are well filmed, and the way that Starrett always keeps our focus on the lead characters makes sure that we are able to get behind them, and the chase pans out as it should. On the whole, this is a very enjoyable thriller that has shamefully been lost over the years. While watching, I was surprised at how this hasn't been tagged for a remake yet - so you can guess how I felt when I discovered that, actually, it has...


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