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The Devil Rides Out

The Devil Rides Out (1968)


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Adapted by Richard Matheson from a novel by Dennis Wheatley, The Devil Rides Out admirably adopts a restrained approach to its horrific material. Christopher Lee plays a French nobleman, Duc De Richeleau, who is worried sick over the bizarre behavior of his friend Simon (Patrick Mower). Richeleau has every reason to be concerned: unless drastic measures are taken, Simon will lose his soul to Satan within three days. Two black masses are performed (one a bizarre Felliniesque orgy), but neither


Horror, Art House & International, Classics

Richard Matheson

Jul 25, 2000

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Fisher's direction makes one of the Satanic orgies a production highspot, aided by some frenzied choreography by David Toguri and apt mood music.

December 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Over the years, this film's reputation has grown enormously, and its cult status must be as high as any horror movie.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Superstitious moviegoers could do a lot worse.

May 10, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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With Fisher, arguably the auteur of Hammer Studios, behind the camera, and one of its top stars in front of it, the film works on all levels and truly earns its reputation as a classic of British horror.

June 28, 2010 Full Review Source:

Witty conceptions jolt Terence Fisher's somber surface

February 4, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion

[This] is one of the last fine examples of the classic Hammer Horror style.

October 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

It all sounds silly, but it is directed with a style and flair that create a creepy mood.

December 10, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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A curiously self-serious film, almost a message picture about black magic, albeit with great puffs of smoke, a giant spider, and a man in a goat costume

November 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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Lee seems to be sniffing out the evil.

January 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

I can't recall Christopher Lee being more animated and more enjoyable to watch.

October 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Really lame version of the Wheatley novel with laughable effects.

October 1, 2003 | Comment (1)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Spectacularly silly, stunningly colourful, and grounded by concise, unexaggerated direction.

June 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for The Devil Rides Out

It's pace and length were perfect for the weak and boring characters, if the movie was any longer, it probably would have had a lower rating. I just need to sympathize with a character to be able to enjoy a movie.
But nevertheless, it was entertaining enough to see a movie about a subject that tickles the imagination. I'm probably not giving it the credit it deserves, so if you get a chance to see it, please do.
January 31, 2011

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The Devil Rides Out is a great film that has been overshadowed by Hammer's more famous films. With some special effects that might seem laughable today, the film's real treat comes in the form of the performances. Lead satanist Charles Gray's spellbinding glare is only matched by the intensity of Christopher Lee and his knowledge of the subject.

October 9, 2010
El Hombre Invisible

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A great Horror Classic.
December 18, 2009
Wahida K

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Thrilling film. The effects are pretty rubbish by today's standards, but the overall atmosphere of the film really makes up for it. Charles Grey gives an unnerving performance, and Christopher Lee as a hero is far more fitting that one would expect given his usual roles.
There is some overlap in the interpretation of the evil - Mocata says he is a magician (not the rabbit out of the hat kind), and true magic is neither black nor white - which is as far as I'm aware true, but the fact that he's what would properly be called a Satanist means that viewers would probably end up tarring magic practitioners with the same brush. But that can be put down to either the time period it was written in or Mocata trying to mislead people into thinking he's more innocent than he is (especially as the Lee character uses Christian-esque occult magic to defeat the evil). Either way it doesn't really affect enjoyment of the film too much.
November 5, 2008

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