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Eye of the Devil (1966)





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An unusual, down-beat thriller, reminiscent of The Wicker Man (1973), concerning a nobleman who returns to his ancestral home in France, to carry out an ancient ritual which would mean sacrificing his own life. Deborah Kerr replaced Kim Novak, who was injured during production.
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Warner Home Video

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Deborah Kerr
as Catherine de Montfaucon
David Niven
as Philippe de Montfaucon
Donald Pleasence
as Pere Dominic
Sharon Tate
as Odile
Edward Mulhare
as Jean-Claude Ibert
Flora Robson
as Countess Estell
Emlyn Williams
as Alain de Montfaucon
David Hemmings
as Christian de Caray
John Le Mesurier
as Dr. Monnet
Suky Appleby
as Antoinette de Montfaucon
Donald Bisset
as Rennard
Robert Duncan
as Jacques de Montfaucon
Pauline Letts
as Servant
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I swore on the bible but surely God will forgive me... A family owns an estate that grows orchards to make wine. One year there are complaints of a drought so the husband asks his family to stay behind and heads to the estate to try and rectify the issue. The family becomes worried and follows him to the estate. They arrive to find the father and servants of the house possessed in some kind of cult ritual... "Apparently the horse kicked her head..." J. Lee Thompson, director of Cape Fear (1962), Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, The Guns of Navarone, Firewalker, Death Wish 4, and The White Buffalo delivers Eye of the Devil. The storyline for this picture is a bit straightforward and cliché. The scenes are more eerie than scary and the characters are not as dynamic as some films in this genre. The acting is better than average and the cast includes Sharon Tate, David Niven, Donald Pleasence, Flora Robson, David Hemmings, and Edward Mulhare. "The Earth has to have sacrifice. There must be blood." This was recently on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) for the holiday season so I had to DVR it. This was just okay and far from a classic, must see within the genre. Overall, this is a bit bland with a few good sequences. I only recommend this to diehard fans of the horror classic genre. "People don't want to hear the truth." Grade: C

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Okay spooker is missing some important backstory that would make it more compelling. Niven is disengaged in the lead, leaving a slackness to the main thrust of the movie but Deborah Kerr is suitably panicked as the questioning wife. What a supporting cast though! Flora Robson, Edward Mulhare, Emlyn Williams all contribute little bits of color and Donald Pleasance is ideally cast as an ominous presence who keeps popping up his liquid eyes betraying nothing but giving the viewer the creeps nonetheless. David Hemmings has little to do but stare into the distance and give off an unpleasant vibe which he does well while being disturbing in his beauty. Speaking of beauty, this was Sharon Tate's first big role in her regrettably short career and she gets the corresponding introducing credit , man alive was she breathtaking! She gives an approriate performance all glacial looks and dreamy line readings, the part doesn't demand more than that. But the camera loved her and when she's on screen you look at no one else, a vital component of a star, would she have achieved that position-who knows but the ingredients where definitely there. The black & white photography is most evocative and was a wise choice to set the proper tone for the piece. Not a great film by any means but a decent view near Halloween.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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he film debut of the late great sharon tate who only made 1 more film after this b4 being brutally murdered by charlie manson and company.

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