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Heaven Help Us When the Devils Rain! Patriarch Steve Preston goes missing and worried mom Emma (Ida Lupino) sends eldest son Mark (William Shatner) in search for his father. Suddenly, a dying, eyeless Steve returns and demands that the family: "Give Corbis what belongs to him!" before dissolving into a gelatinous meltdown. Corbis (Ernest Borgnine) is a Satanic priest hell-bent on recovering a valuable book listing the names of those who sold their souls to the devil a book that resides with the Preston family. Mark refuses to hand it over and puts up a brave fight, only to wind up an unwilling sacrifice. Occult expert, Dr. Richards (Eddie Albert) and Marks younger brother, Tom (Tom Skerritt) plot to free the Prestons and destroy The Devil's Rain, a bottle containing the souls of those already damned. The battle rages as the elixir is released and a bloody rain of devilry and malevolence is loosed upon a screaming, melting world.
- Commentary by director Robert Fuest
- Newsreel with Anton LeVey, High Priest of the Church of Satan
- Radio spots
- Still gallery
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So have you ever thought, "What if the victims of the Salem Witch trials were actually guilty?" Yeah I know, I haven't either, and it is the most meager element of "The Devil's Rain" but probably one of its best moments in terms of quality of camp.
I'll go ahead and say that this is one you should watch with friends to get a good laugh. Watching this alone was not great. It had its moments. The opening was exciting and funny. After that it takes a turn for the boring and was never scarry. I'll give credit to the fact that it took place in a ghost town that gave it a western horror vibe that was unique. The term "vessel" was used many times and I thought this was referring to William Shatner's character, whom oddly acted almost exactly like James T Kirk. The surprise to me was that it was actually referring to a macGuffin that housed the souls collected by the devil. While the movie was focused on Shatner's character it was actually pretty good, but that was given up for an infomercial on Satanism. There would be a Satanism craze in the eighties that horrified many parents so I'm sure this would have been perfect in that time but I'm not sure how it played in the 70's. In the middle of the movie came a look at the cult's existence during the Salem Witch Trials. I'm thinking that the film makers were assuming they had found a universal enemy to couch the cult to make them look cool. It really added very little and muddied the plot. Ultimately "The Devil's Rain" was aimless and confusing. It also didn't satisfy as camp as well as many other movies like "The Room" or "Firestorm" to name a few.
-some unintentionally funny moments
-all star cast list
-not campy enough
-too slow at times
-disjointed and confusing
Dave aka Aeneas