The Devil's Rain
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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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lt is a low quality film by many mainstream standards. lt has a lot of lame acting. The storyline is not totally coherent and/or consistent. lt is overall, a corny, 70s horror movie about Satanic greater magic rituals. So bear all of that in mind, mentally prepare to appreciate that kind of movie, and allow yourself to be entertained by it. Here's where l'll explain the reasons l love it:
Devil's Rain has some really great actors in it. William Shatner and Tom Skerritt play frontline roles as, you might traditionally say, the 'good guys.' Their characters represent stereotypical, morally lukewarm Christians, at odds in the movie with a cult. This cult, headquartered in a desert ghost town, is led by Jonathan Corbis, played amazingly by Ernest Borgnine. His character Corbis, furiously devoted to Satanic worship, has time travelled by way of black magic as a demon shapeshifter to pursue the Preston family, them being descendants of the 17th century pilgrim group that delivered Corbis to witch hunters.
As if to give more hardcore fans a little easter egg they'd have to look for, Anton LaVey is very briefly in the film as a priest in Corbis' rituals. Also making a random appearance is a young John Travolta. Both of these men have hyper brief roles and barely utter 3 lines between them. Hands down though, the scenes with Borgnine playing the most unexpectedly convincing role of a deathly passionate sorcerer, absolutely make the movie. His voice, his evil looking eyebrows, the striking red robes he wears, his over-the-top yet perfectly executed lines... This is gold, really. In a super obscure movie like this, too.
lf you like old horror movies, 70s horror movies, movies about devil worship, etc, any or all of the above... watch this dam movie. Hell, buy it, it's like less than $10, used. Borgnine's acting is incredible, grisly gore effects cap off the ending, the occult rituals and imagery are authentically enacted, and you have the mega flavour that comes with this type of low budget, high enjoyability film. Devil's Rain is a gem, and an absolute must-have for obscure movie fans and occult aficionados.
1) First of all, SHATNER VS. SATAN!!! Is the world really a better place if either of these guys wins?
2) Ernest Borgnine as the Devil!!! WWWWoah....
3) Anton LeVey, founder of American Satanism, is not only a consultant, but IN THE MOVIE!!!
4) A young Tom Skerrit - the protagonist!!!
5) A veritable who's who of 70's stars backing up the main players.
6) Melting people, devil stuff, death and general destruction!!!
It's a hoot.
John Travolta is usually advertised as being in this movie, and he is-but if you didn't know it going in, you would never pick him out of the group of EYELESS DEMON WORSHIPPERS(!!!).
NOW, you would think that with a plot like this, and this level of tricked-out 70's talent, "Devil's Rain" Couldn't miss.
BUT- its suck is such a complete and perfect suck that it actually UN-SUCKS! Robert Persig said that sanity is round, like the globe, and if your nutty-butt keeps going in one direction you will eventually wind up sane.
This movie proves that theory.
[UPDATE] I've read a few comments of this review, and realised that I had a bit more to add. I LOVE horror films, and especially love horror films from the the 60's and 70's. The films of the 70's in particular had such an incredible level of nihilism, so often at the end of the film the bad guys won. "Devil's Rain" falls squarely into this category. I guess where I'm going with all this is that I love these films; true, they are often dark and depressing and full of silly magical thinking, but they are also novel and entertaining. I guess I was thinking that way when I wrote this review. In other words, if this film is your cup of tea, you already know it...