The Devil Rides Out 1968

The Devil Rides Out

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Movie Info

When the Duc de Richleau (Christopher Lee) and Rex Van Ryn (Leon Greene) arrive at a fashionable party thrown by de Richleau's protégé, Simon Aron (Patrick Mower), they soon realize that the party is in fact a gathering of a Satanic cult, led by the high priest Mocata (Charles Gray), that plans to initiate the beautiful Tanith (Nike Arrighi) that night. It's up to de Richleau and Van Ryn to defeat the devil-worshiping Mocata and save innocent young Tanith and the others from a terrible fate.

Cast & Crew

Christopher Lee
Duc de Richleau
Nike Arrighi
Tanith Carlisle
Leon Greene
Rex Van Ryn
Sarah Lawson
Marie Eaton
Paul Eddington
Richard Eaton
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Critic Reviews for The Devil Rides Out

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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…

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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…
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  • Superstitious moviegoers could do a lot worse.

    May 10, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The film doesn't offer the slightest respite to the viewer from the first minute, in which the main theme is directly addressed and the characters are perfectly defined by Fisher's camera. [Full Review in Spanish]

    May 7, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The film's greatest strength rests in the casting of Christopher Lee as the hero rather than the villain.

    November 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • As a classic tale of good versus evil, the film required a strong representative of either side, and does not disappoint.

    February 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Devil Rides Out

  • Jun 14, 2012
    This has a very good reputation in the pantheon of Hammer films and it's easy to see why. Unlike other Hammer products around this time (and definitely in the 70's) the script for this film is fairly solid and the director isn't scared to let the actors do some good work rather than relying on shock scares and cheap thrills. Some may find this makes the film a little dull but I liked the development of the characters and it gives Lee (in a rare goodie role) and Gray a chance to shine. Fisher was always the best Hammer director and there are some scenes here that are genuinely disturbing (e.g. the sequence where the four protagonists have to protect themselves in the circle). The final scene might come across a little like a cheat but I liked it and it's nice to see Lee smile in a film for a change.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2011
    Is Dennis Wheatley the Alistair Maclean of horror ? This 1968 Hammer horror based on a Dennis Wheatley novel gets off to a sprint start and hardly stops for breath before it hits the finish line. It's amazingly full of magic, effects and action with heavyweight British actors Christopher Lee and Charles Gray clearly relishing their on-screen battle of wills and skills. My only complaint is the telegraphed Deus ex machina ending - but the ending of such an exciting film was always likely to be an anticlimax.
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  • Oct 11, 2010
    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.
    Saskia D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2009
    A great Horror Classic.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer

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