Race With the Devil (1975)
This novel fusion of car-chase film and spooky horror became a surprise box-office hit in 1975. The story begins with car enthusiasts Frank (Warren Oates) and Roger (Peter Fonda) taking their wives, Kelly (Lara Parker) and Alice (Loretta Swit), on a vacation in a recreational vehicle. Their camping trip goes horribly awry when Frank and Roger accidentally stumble upon a group of hooded cultists committing a human sacrifice. The cultists give chase and the two couples barely escape with their lives. They go to the local police for help, but the officers can find no evidence to back up the story and send the two couples on their way. As they try to continue their vacation, strange events continue to occur that culminate in four protagonists and their cultist tormentors having a brutal automotive showdown on the open road. The end result of all this genre-hopping suffers from a lightweight approach that downplays the story's darker and more interesting elements, but still manages to deliver plentiful action and a few genuine chills. As a result, Race With the Devil became an unexpected success for 20th Century Fox and remains something of a cult favorite. … More
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Critic Reviews for Race With the Devil
Race with the Devil doesn't quite measure up to Mad Max or even Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry as a drama, but with its thrills, mystery and legitimate scares, this film is an unquestionable good time.
Joins the likes of "Rosemary's Baby" and "Duel" as a nightmare that simply will not end.
It was just goofy fun--probably the reason it caught on as a cult classic favorite.
Pretty bad Satanist thriller
Audience Reviews for Race With the Devil
This movie just feels inconsequential. It is mentally tiring to try and come up with anything to say about this movie other than there's a few cool shots, it's a very standard 'went down the wrong road story', and I think it has got some tense moments, but overall it's nothing impressive. Some dirtbikes, devil-worshippers, dog-killers, and dirty cops collide in a big "car fight" at the conclusion, and several other times during the movie. So there's cool stuff, but it just doesn't come together to make a significant piece.More
Another 70's flick with a unique and totally whacked concept which leaves you highly entertained. This is a great thriller with a psychotic ending which you would never guess!
The two icons, Fonda and Oates and their wives witness a Satanic ritual when on holiday driving through a small county, and pretty soon the Cultists are violently pursuing them until they are focred to fight back just as viciously.
A great road movie, and can be a bit chilling at times! Some great scenes.
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