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Race With the Devil (1975)

Peter Fonda , Warren Oates , Jack Starrett  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit, Lara Parker, R.G. Armstrong
  • Directors: Jack Starrett
  • Writers: Lee Frost, Wes Bishop
  • Producers: Lee Frost, Paul Maslansky, Wes Bishop
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2005
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007WQGRC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,525 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Race With the Devil" on IMDb

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  • Featurette: Hell on Wheels, starring Peter Fonda
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Frank (Warren Oates) and Roger (Peter Fonda) take off for Colorado with their wives 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 fleeing repeated attacks from cult members.

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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Take a moment and think about the worst vacation you ever had...I've had a few doozys, but I think the absolute worst involved a time when I was in Florida and I got an ear infection for a few days and my activities were confined to laying on my side and administering liquid antibiotics into my ear via a medicine dropper. My point is everyone has had at least one vacation that didn't turn out as expected, but I think few could top the nightmare encountered by the two couples in the film Race with the Devil (1975), when they inadvertently incurred the wraith of a backwoods cult of Satanic devil worshippers. Co-written by Wes Bishop (Chain Gang Women, The Thing with Two Heads) and Lee Frost (Policewomen, Dixie Dynamite), the film was directed by Jack Starrett, who also appearing in a number of films, but many may remember him from is role as the purposely stereotypical western curmudgeon Gabby Johnson from Mel Brooks 1974 film Blazing Saddles. Starring in Race with the Devil is Warren `Quaker' Oates (Dillinger, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia) along with Peter `One Toke Over the Line' Fonda, who, by the way, is set to appear in the new Ghost Rider film as the character of Mephisto. Also appearing is Loretta `Hot Lips' Swit ("M*A*S*H", Freebie and the Bean), Lara Parker ("Dark Shadows"), R.G. Armstrong (Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, White Lightning), along with co-writer Bishop (he plays the character of Deputy Dave), and director Starrett, in his seminal role as `Gas Station Attendant'.

It seems two married couples, Frank (Oates) and Alice (Swit) Stewart and Roger (Fonda) and Kelly (Parker) March are finally taking a vacation, after five, long years building up a now successful motorcycle dealership.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly watchable flick on a Satanist kick December 10, 1999
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There's always been something disarming about the presence of Peter Fonda in a picture. Perhaps it's his 'nice guy' presence and you'd be right to assume that his starring in a horror movie would work against it. Not so in this case. Together with Oates and their stage wives, Fonda's presence is a good way of making of the terror strike home. The two couples are all-American high-end middle class types and they love living life to the fullest extent. And so they make a china shop ready for the horror bull to enter. The movie isn't as slow-moving as it may seem by the clock, it's just that there is a great deal of momentum being pent up in the early portions. When the scares actually do start, they are powerful and genuinely chilling. Let it be known that Satanist-bashing horror pictures were fairly common in the first half of the Seventies and here we find a whole string of Texan communities hard at it. The film is just the right length and its delivery is augmented tremendously by the dark conclusion. Despite the content, this film is watchable at all levels. I saw it when I was 10 years old and found it delightfully chilling. The direction is top rate and first class performances are extracted from Fonda and Oates. Truly an overlooked classic from a particularly adventurous era of fright cinema.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN YOU THINK June 25, 2005
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What makes this movie so scary is that the people who are the monsters are the most ordinary people you could think of; gas station attendants, RV park retirees, Country Western bands and a local sheriff or two...and the premise is deceptively simple: two couples go on vacation in an RV big enough to house a family of twelve (only slight exaggeration) and on the FIRST night Warren Oates and Peter Fonda (after making the first mistake of turning off the main road and going off on their own into unknown territory in a well-intentioned effort to avoid crowds...) witness a Satanic Cult sacrifing a young girl...and Loretta Swit unwittingly becomes the catalyst for their unwanted attention by yelling at her husband to come in...then the story takes off in a hurry. And all the time there really are monsters everywhere you look...the same sort of every day plausible situation anyone could conceivably find themselves in; a Satanic version of Deliverance...another seemingly innocent situation that started out to be a simple canoe ride downriver turned into the nightmare from Hell.

What is so disturbing here is that no matter where they go or how far or how innocent the people they encounter along the way seem, all are against them and the ending is really terrifying and a genuine shocker. You don't get to relax for one single second; it is a fast nightmare ride, with pieces of the RV flying off, the women screaming and the men yelling and all sorts of nasty surprises along the way, culminating in the aforementioned, even more disturbing, climax. Well worth the price, great entertainment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing idea, OK execution November 11, 2001
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It is not often that I watch, let alone review a movie of this genre but this one in particular left an indelible impression on me as a child. Like several of the previous reviewers, I first
saw this film at a drive-in in the summer of 1976 with my dad and brother. It was not uncommon then to see a movie circulating in the drive-in theatres a full year after its release. The VCR and VHS were still several years away.
Roger (Peter Fonda) and Frank (Warren Oates) are owners of a custom motorcycle business on vacation with their wives to Aspen, Colorado, traveling in a luxurious new RV with all the
amenities imaginable in 1975. (The color TV, the stereo, microwave oven...goahlly!). On their first night camping out in a remote area, they witness a human sacrifice in the distance as
part of a satanic ritual taking place across the river. All hell breaks loose when the two are discovered and a vicious pursuit of the foursome ensues escalating into several attacks and car chases. Throughout the film, the motorhome is damaged and falls apart piece by piece as a metaphor for the group's shattered sense of security, diminishing sanity and a dream vacation which has turned into a run for their lives!
The movie's shock value for me was diminished only as a result of my vivid memories of several scenes and due neither to the passage of time nor maturity when I finally saw it for the first time in over two decades. It was still as chilling today as it was when I first saw it a quarter of a century ago!
Don't let the critics' maligning criticism dissuade you from watching this flick. (Hey, how many of us buy a book because it's on Oprah's list anyway?
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
In 1975 this movie was awesome. In 2014, this movie is terrible.
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
pretty good for an oldie. lorretta switt is good in it.
Published 2 months ago by michael
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
This DVD would not play in either my regular or Blu-ray DVD player. Why are different formatted DVDs being sold throughout the country that are not compatible with all DVD players? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ken Wahlstrom
5.0 out of 5 stars I still love it as a adult today
This was an old movie from when i was a little girl, I still love it as a adult today.
Published 3 months ago by JUANITA JACKSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Walk down memory lane for me
I used to watch this movie years ago and have a sentimental attachment to it. You may want to get another opinion that is more objective but it is entertaining.
Published 4 months ago by Adventure Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild, scary, and suspenseful!
I had seen "Race With The Devil" many years ago, and it still holds its head up as an excellent horror film. Read more
Published 4 months ago by goth chick
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrill Wild at its best!!!
I love this movie! Though I saw this movie many years ago, I saw it again over the weekend and I think I loved it even more this time around. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Author of Every Man Wants More Than One
3.0 out of 5 stars B movie, but creepy!
What can I say? I grew up on 70's Schlock! B movie, but fun to watch. I'm a Warren Oates fan and it's great to see RG Armstrong as well
Published 5 months ago by Frank Barron
3.0 out of 5 stars Should be free on Prime
I just rented this movie via Amazon Prime. Although I saw it many times over the years, this time around, it seemed to bore me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by jeod
5.0 out of 5 stars race with the devil great movie
peter fonda is great in the movie great action scary funny , some of the seens was redubb in the fall guy seres
Published 5 months ago by howard
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