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The Devil Rides Out (1968)

Christopher Lee , Charles Gray , Terence Fisher  |  G |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Nike Arrighi, Leon Greene, Patrick Mower
  • Directors: Terence Fisher
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305808163
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,153 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Devil Rides Out" on IMDb

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  • Exclusive "World of Hammer" episode entitled HAMMER

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super Hammer tale! March 27, 2004
My favourite movie of Christopher Lee is the knockout Wickerman (also happens to be his favourite film!!), but this one is my second favourite and a really super non-Dracula tale from Hammer,Adapted from the book by Dennis Wheatley. Lee is even the good guy!
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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Hammers Best! February 16, 2001
With the early Hammer films (Quatermass, Horror of Dracula, Frankenstein) this is surely one of the best features the studio ever made.
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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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This is in my opinion Hammer's best film of the sixties and definately Christopher Lee at his very best. Refreshing to see the screens greatest villain in a heroic role for once and to appear in a film which he survives without being staked,disintegated or burnt to death. Hammer's star director Terence Fisher is back on fine form with this taut satanic thriller which is the best adaption of a Dennis Wheatley novel to be translated to the screen. Chris Lee plays the Duc de Richeleau a nobleman out to protect his young protege Patrick Mower from falling into the clutches of a group of satanists led by the excellent Charles Gray (remember him as Blofeld in Diamonds Are Forever and as Henderson in You Only Live Twice). Excellent set pieces troughout including a classic scene in which the Angel of Death turns up on a horse to claim a soul and cannot return empty handed. Superb acting throughout from all paties including Leon Greene and Nike Arrighi but this film is a landmark in the careers of both Christopher Lee and Terence Fisher and its the only Hammer film where both of them can really excel themselves makes one wonder why the studio didn't use them more wisely before. This is a classic film and although a little dated in parts still remains one of the best satanic horror films ever made.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Hammer Thriller June 10, 2000
Excellent Hammer version of Dennis Wheatley's fine Gothic novel. Christopher Lee stars (in a rare heroic role) as Duc de Richleau an occult scholar battling a Satanic cult in 1920s Europe.
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammer at it's BEST - Superb DVD August 11, 2000
THE DEVIL RIDES OUT is Hammer horror at it's best and Anchor Bay's DVD is a gem. Christopher Lee and Charles Gray battle it out (and put their all into their roles) in a very entertaining satanic tale of good vs. evil. Although some of the effects are dated and some of the dialog can invoke a chuckle here and there, the film is still very solid and engrossing. The moment early on where the demonic spirit of a black man with glowing yellow eyes appears is still very creepy and effective...easily one of the scariest moments in any Hammer film ever. So when the movie's creepy, it's fun...and when it's a bit hokey or campy, it's fun as well. The DVD includes the US and UK trailers --- almost identical except the title of the film and the UK trailer blacks out parts of the image (like the spider)! There is also a commentary track by Christopher Lee and actress Sarah Lawson. Lee, who had a BIG hand in getting this film made at the time, is understandably very knowledgeable about satanism-witchcraft, Wheatley's book and the film itself. It's an interesting track and a great testimony to Hammer. It is sad that Peter Cushing never had a chance to do a commentary for any of his Hammer roles. Anyway, this is great Saturday afternoon can't go wrong here!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best occult films with Christopher Lee
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 more
Published 12 months ago by Z Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammer says it all
Its classic Hammer and Christopher Lee, definately a good buy! I watch it every other day! Throwing in Vharles Gray was perfect casting.
Published 18 months ago by Dana Welcker
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
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 more
Published 24 months ago by killer b
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic.
Bad acting...maybe.
But...if you like these old classic films then you can't pass by this one. Read more
Published on May 28, 2012 by Michelle Patenaude

Christopher Lee is Duc de Richleau who is concerned when a young friend is absent from their regular reunion. Read more
Published on November 6, 2009 by Robin Simmons
4.0 out of 5 stars Hammer never disappoints-- neither does Christopher Lee....
Another fiendish tale with Christopher Lee at the helm. Set in turn of the century London this time, Lee's character must save 2 people from the vile clutches of a Devil... Read more
Published on August 1, 2008 by NoLongerDevil
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Film Adaptation of Wheatley's Tale of Black Magic and...
_The Devil Rides Out_ (1968), made by Hammer Film Productions, is an adaptation of the 1934 Dennis Wheatley novel by the same name, which features a confrontation between the... Read more
Published on May 25, 2008 by New Age of Barbarism
5.0 out of 5 stars Hammer Great
This marvellous film is one of Hammers best ever. Really only Dracula and The Hound of the Baskervilles are in the same league. Read more
Published on August 31, 2007 by S J Buck
5.0 out of 5 stars Christopher Lee cast against type
The Devil Rides Out is probably the best known book that Dennis Wheatley ever wrote. The Hammer film adaptation is pretty faithful to the book. Read more
Published on October 5, 2006 by D. I. Shipley
4.0 out of 5 stars candidate for digital
What a marvelous film--and what a shame that an otherwise superb production in terms of casting, pace, storyline and atmosphere is cursed with second-rate effects that have dated... Read more
Published on June 3, 2005 by John Farrell
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