The Devil Rides Out
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Lee (in a role that generally went to Peter Cushing) plays Richlea, a dapper man with deep knowledge of the esoteric, join forces with a war buddy to save the son of their old friend. The young man, played to perfection by Patrick Mower, has fallen into the clutches Oth Mocata(Charles Gray played with particular power and menace) is a high priest to a Devil Cult that has their sites set on Mower and his fortune.
An excellent struggle of good vs evil that is tautly written, directed and acted, guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat and one you will want to view again and again.
For once Christopher Lee is cast as the hero, one Duc de Richleau, a change from the usual malevolent characters he always seems to play. The plot is very staightfoward, a friend of the de Richleau becomes involved with an satanic cult, being an expert on such matters he immediately realises the severity of his friends obsession. With the hep of his friend Rex Van Ryn (Leon Greene) they discover that this occult is overseen by Mocata (Charles Gray) and are determined to put a stop to it. Such a plot is the usual staple of B-movie Devil worship shenigans but be prepared for some intelligent filmmaking of this genre. Director Terence Fisher plus Christopher Lee plus a good sreenplay plus good production values always yields a decent movie, this being a very good example. With regards to Mocata (Charles Gray) a particular scene where he attemps to hypnotise his way into the "Safe House" is one of my favorite film moments. Five stars to Anchor Bay for another excellent presentation. The presentation is anamorphically enhanced for widescreen viewing (1.66:1) and with a quite superb 5.1 Dolby Digital remastered soundtrack (Considering it was made in 1968 I suspect some artistic license was used in its production however the JAMES BERNARD score is very vivid and far removed from the usual mono recordings you would get on VHS). As with "Dracula Prince OF Darkness" the commemtary with the film is informative feauring Christopher Lee.
Director Tarrence Fisher and Screenwriter Richard Matheson create a wonderful period atmoshphere; and the supporting cast, including genre favorite Charles Gray, give terrific performances. The film, however, belongs to Christopher Lee who brings much pathos and dignity to his role. It is a shame more filmmakers have not tapped into Lee's unlimited acting potential.
Anchor Bay's VHS edition looks great and sounds better with a new Dolby sound track. The DVD version also from Anchor Bay (Due July 11) looks to be even better as it includes a Dolby Digital (5.1) track and a commentary from Christopher Lee.
The Devil Rides Out is a classic Hammer thriller sure to please fans.
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Great movie about satanic cults. We see some real events in this movie. In movies like Rosemary's Baby which came out the same year as this movie, everything is implied. Read morePublished 3 months ago by kozmikrokker
I have often considered creating a drinking game to go with Hammer Horror films. Every time characters meet formally -- "How do you do? Nice to meet you. How do you do? Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chris Wilson
Spectacular scary classic horror movie Christopher Lee is the good guy in this movie, he is trying to help a young man who's gotten himself tied up with a Satanic cult led by... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Raven
I have this classic Black magic Hammer film on Anchor bay DVD from many many years ago now
so when i saw this on blu-ray i knew it was time to upgrade and buy this new blu-ray... Read more
The seller failed to tell us that this VHS would not play on US VCR's. It only plays on UK/European VCR's. It will not play--period. It was a waste of 10 dollars. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michael Bowen
I am thankful to Turner Classic Movies (TCM) channel for screening this rare occult film. I say rare because one can hardly find it on DVD unless one is willing to pay an... Read morePublished on October 5, 2013 by Z Hayes
Its classic Hammer and Christopher Lee, definately a good buy! I watch it every other day! Throwing in Vharles Gray was perfect casting.Published on April 27, 2013 by Dana Welcker
Look me right in the monitor and be perfectly honest: if WAR OF THE WORLDS suddenly lost "the wires" and you never saw them again, would you lose a night's sleep? Read morePublished on October 30, 2012 by killer b
But...if you like these old classic films then you can't pass by this one. Read more