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The Devil's Rain Reviews

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½ November 23, 2016
Interesting movie with an interesting concept, but doesn't hold up very well at all.
November 10, 2016
Though clumsily plotted, it's surprisingly fun retro cheese and not nearly as cheap as I was lead to believe
August 14, 2015
Excellent supernatural movie
½ May 1, 2015
(43%)
A pretty bad, yet not without its charm cult based horror staring William Shatner at at time in his life when he'd appear in anything as long as his cheque didn't bounce. Ernest Borgnine plays the lead bad guy which works as well as it sounds as the guy just isn't very intimidating; although it's great to see underrated cinema legend Ida Lupino in anything. John Travolta fans need not track this down because I honestly struggled to spot him, though the fact that I was more than a little sleepy may not have helped. This has brushes of good quality, the opening credit sequence is creepy, and there's tons of scenes (maybe too much) of people melting like a fizzing sherbet dip dab in the rain, but this is too sluggish and forgettable to hit all the right buttons.
½ March 22, 2015
Other than a few moments of intrigue, interesting set pieces, and Ernest Borgnine's performance, there's a not a damn thing to say about this movie. It's a bitter disappointment that almost entirely fails to deliver in substance. I also find it hard believe Anton LaVey worked on this movie with Robert Fuest, because the pseudo-satanism in this movie is still as pseudo as it gets in almost all movies.
½ March 22, 2015
This is the kind of film that could have actually been good to watch, but it's plagued by more than a few problems, and that's more than just because of its low-budget. As far as clichť Satanic horror premises go, this film has one of the more creative variants. However, whatever creative potential this film has is wasted in a film that's suffering a shortage of substance. In fact, there's one scene that doesn't even relate to anything else in the whole film. There's not a lot of context behind the story, and absolutely minimal exposition. There's not enough substance to fill a full-length feature film, and so what you get is a B-movie trying to masquerade as an art film, but it fails as both. The characters tend to come across as typical, but I can't completely put the film down for it, since Ernest Borgnine actually gives a pretty good performance here. Shatner, meanwhile, just seems like he's here for his paycheck. I find it pretty hard to believe that this was made on a low budget, because some of the set-pieces look pretty good, and the special effects are fairly decent too. However, what's any of it worth when you're looking at a horror film that isn't scary at all? It could have actually been quite a good film, but due to some evidently poor decisions, we get something that, while not completely terrible, is inadequate as both a horror film and as silly cult entertainment.
½ April 14, 2014
William Shatner's family get abducted by a Satanic Cult. People melt. Ernest Borgnine turns into a goat. No matter how bad that sounds, nothing can prepare you for how bad this steaming celluloid turd actually is (although it does gain an extra half a star for the aforementioned goat - comedy genius in an otherwise incoherent mess!)
½ January 26, 2014
more of a joke than horror
August 24, 2013
Mediocre horror story of a family cursed through the ages by having William Shatner as their son. Ernest Borgnine shows his acting chops by putting on a goat mask. Wax things melt. Actually maybe it wasn't mediocre.
July 13, 2013
Creepy and grotesquely haunting--Satanic Fun!!
½ June 24, 2013
Amazing movie that wastes no time getting to the good parts. Within the first five minutes William Shatner eats the whole scene and that includes a melting man, a crazy old coot, and a worried mother with nasty dreams. There is a book. Corbis, the devil's disciple, wants it. The rest of the movie deals with that, sorta, I mean it is not really clear what the rules are or how to get out of the silly situation. Still, the Satanic Church is awesome and Borgnine in goat make up is worth all the other stuff.
April 26, 2013
I'm honestly shocked and saddened by the lack of recognition and appreciation this extremely creepy movie seems to get. I really love it and readily defend it. This should absolutely be a cult classic, but instead it seems to remain relatively unknown.

The story deals with a Satanic cult in a desecrated church in an abandoned ghost town. Add to that a legendary cast: William Shatner and Tom Skerritt share top billing with a devilish Ernest Borgnine, and John Travolta (then unknown) pops up as a blink-and-you'll miss-him baddie.

The titular Devil's Rain itself is literal rain which fricking MELTS PEOPLE'S FACES OFF in a stew of bubbly goop: gruesomely; nightmarishly, and even more creepy for its rough-edged 70's cinematography. If this sounds even remotely interesting, check out the gloriously nutso trailer (which by today's standards would definitely be a Red-Band) and laugh at the woefully inadequate PG rating.
½ January 28, 2013
The story doesn't make sense., Even the movie itself., From the beginning until ear end, it keeps me guessing what is the objective of this film and couldn't find myself to think one., I suggest that they should tell from the beginning what the story is all about, like, in the form of a narration., But its good about how they make the last scene, where the bodies melts..,
November 2, 2012
A hideously underrated guilty pleasure. Utterly bizarre and quite gruesome, this story of Satanism through the ages is a one off. Hadn't seen it for around 30 years and still really enjoyed it.
½ May 12, 2012
The plot might be laughable and the acting wonderfully over-the-top, but thanks to the direction of Robert Fuest (The Abominable Dr. Phibes) and the cinematography of Alex Phillips Jr (Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia) The Devil‚(TM)s Rain is a stylish Satanist flick looking to steal the blockbuster audience of Rosemary‚(TM)s Baby. The Opening Confrontation between Shatner and Ernest Borgnine is genuinely epic and the film never quite matches the power of their Faith Off. Still, with Tom Skeritt, Eddie Albert, Keenan Wynn, Ida Lupino, and a blink-and-you‚(TM)ll-miss-him John Travolta, The Devil‚(TM)s Rain is never boring even when it‚(TM)s endlessly gooey. VF.
½ May 7, 2012
A terrible movie but the acting is at times so hilarious and the plot so stupid it makes it all rather enjoyable.
May 5, 2012
Creepy special effects and a brooding atmosphere distinguish this horror film, as does an early performance from John Travolta.
½ January 7, 2012
This wasn't very good, but it's just so damned weird I almost HAD to give it a pass. Ernest Borgnine as a Satanic leader? What's not to love about that? Shatner trying to play hero while Tom Skerritt tries to keep him safe? It's just such a weird ass mish-mash of horror that it's hard to look away.
November 6, 2011
Quite enjoyable horror with several well known faces. The interesting point is that this is where Carpenter got his Michael Myers mask, and one scene highlights this more than any other when a possessed Shatner hold Skerritt against a wall and tilts his head slightly. Beautiful. The film itself is silly and makes little sense but who cares it was entertaining. The ending is LONG and the wax death seems to last a life time. Still i would recommend to people who enjoy trashy horror.
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