Eye of the Devil

1966

Eye of the Devil

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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.

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Cast

Deborah Kerr
as Catherine de Montfaucon
David Niven
as Philippe de Montfaucon
Donald Pleasence
as Pere Dominic
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
Robert Duncan
as Jacques de Montfaucon
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  • Oct 29, 2013
    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 n Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2009
    <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/eye-of-the-devil-1966-12480835"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/12/48/08/12480835_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/eye-of-the-devil-1966-12480843"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/12/48/08/12480843_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/eye-of-the-devil-1966-12480872"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/12/48/08/12480872_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/eye-of-the-devil-1966-12480853"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/12/48/08/12480853_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/eye-of-the-devil-1966-12480855"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/12/48/08/12480855_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I>Eye of the Devil</I></a> </div></div> <I>Eye of the Devil</I> (1968) GENRE: Occult WRITTEN BY: Dennis Murphy Based on the novel by Robin Estridge DIRECTED BY: J. Lee Thompson FEATURING: Sharon Tate, Donald Pleasance, David Niven, David Hemmings, and Flora Robson. PLOT: A happy marriage descends into an odyssey of terror when a woman's husband is called to his ancestral estate by pagan heretics. COMMENTS: Vineyard owner Marquis Philippe de Montfaucon (Niven) is called back to his castle when a drought withers the crop upon which the entire region depends. His wife and children are supposed to remain in London, but of course she becomes curious and is compelled to intrude. Catherine de Montfaucon (Deborah Kerr) subsequently discovers that her husband is behaving in a secretive and peculiar manner. His personality has undergone a distinct change and he seems dreadfully grim and preoccupied. Why? There are many mysterious comings and goings, some heavy-weight clergy are milling around who <I>appear</I> to be legitimate, but why are the Marquis' young cousins shooting medieval arrows at her, casting spells on her children and trying to hypnotize her into leaping off of the castle parapets? And who the devil are those troublesome dark characters in black Franciscan monk's robes, menacingly chasing Catherine about in the deep dark woods? As Catherine snoops, she discovers mounting evidence of heretical pagan practices and that an extraordinary number of the Marquis' antecedents met untimely deaths. Could there be a relation between the deaths and some profound event that her husband seems to be preparing for? Flora Robson (<I>The Shuttered Room</I>) is creepy and aloof as always in her role as the Marquis' Aunt. Sharon Tate (in her film debut) plays a sinister and threatening witch who turns frogs into doves and seems to perversely enjoy taking a good old fashioned horse whipping from the Marquis. <b><FONT COLOR="0404B4"><a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0376101/" target="_blank" > David Hemmings </a></FONT></b> (<I>Blowup</I>, <I>Juggernaut</I>) cavorts as her delightfully menacing, archery-happy brother. <I>Eye of the Devil</I> features crisp, striking, artful black and white cinematography be Erwin Hillier. <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/eye-of-the-devil-1966-12480859"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/12/48/08/12480859_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/eye-of-the-devil-1966-12480862"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/12/48/08/12480862_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/eye-of-the-devil-1966-12480860"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/12/48/08/12480860_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/eye-of-the-devil--1966-12480919"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/12/48/09/12480919_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a></div></div> <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"></div><a href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11070256"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/UHd5zNY-hBs/2.jpg" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I>Eye of the Devil</I></a> - trailer</div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/eye-of-the-devil-1966-12480837"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/12/48/08/12480837_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div> </div> <b><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1p5q--yTf_Q&NR=1" target="_blank" > <I>Eye of the Devil</I> - (1995) - CLIP - <B>CLICK TO PLAY</B> </a></b>
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2008
    An overlooked and little known British horror/thriller. The excellent cast is the main thing going for it, including Deborah Kerr, David Niven, David Hemmings and Sharon Tate, who as well as looking great manages to put in a great performance. The story focuses on a French land owner (Niven) who is summoned back to his vineyard due to the crops failing for a thrid year in a row. As much as he tries to prevent his wife and children from following him, they do. It isn't long before his wife (Kerr) starts to notice strange and mysterious things, mostly involving the strange siblings who inhabit the castle, Christian and Odile (Hemmings and Tate). It soon becomes clear that for centuries the family has been involved in Pagan rituals and the time has come for Niven to sacrifice himself. When watching you can't help but be reminded of other superior British horror films, such as Deborah Kerr protecting the children in The Innocents and the pagan rituals of The Wicker Man. Whilst Eye Of The Devil has good things going for it such as atmospheric cineamatography it no doubt has it's flaws. Still with a cast like this you would be silly to pass it by.
    Emily B Super Reviewer

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