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December 7, 2016
I think this movie was ahead of it's time...just plain scary, but no gore. Much like Halloween 1978. The scene where they are across the river when their wife comes out and tells them to come inside alerting the others is priceless.
June 29, 2016
Two couples are on a road trip in an RV, but when they accidentally stumble upon a Satanist cult performing a ritualistic murder...well they end up on the run from the cult who is seemingly everywhere. It's a decent little 70s schlocky horror/thriller.
April 15, 2016
Peter Fonda and Warren Oates combine again as holiday-makers in a preposterously sized Winnebago chased by satanists from the sticks. The mood is typically paranoid - this being post-Watergate, mid-seventies America after all - and though the film falls flat in a lot of places, the actual scenes depicting the diabolists and their sacrifice work very well, one even coming back to give Tom Hanks the willies while catching it on TV in 'The 'Burbs'. Still, Starrett (drafted in after Lee Frost was booted from the project) handles the chase sequences well enough and there's fun to be had as our pursued heroes have to deal with poolside perverts, a gratuitous redneck bar-brawl, attacks on their pets ('GINGER!') and cunningly hidden rattlesnakes (who hadn't reckoned on Oates' death-dealing ski stick). Whereas Oates (an absolute legend) can convince as a hick, Fonda struggles, and perhaps tries too hard to make it for it by having his Alpha-Male character get up to all sorts of perilous hi-jinks while dealing out the majority of butt-kicking to the cultist baddies. Incidentally, the scene where Oates proudly shows Fonda around their 'state of the art' RV should be preserved for future generations. Unintentional comedy gold! Lara Parker and Loretta 'Hot Lips Hoolihan' Swit play the dynamic duo's wives and Peckinpah stalwart R.G. Armstrong cameos as a distinctly dodgy small-town sheriff. Worth watching, if only for the creepy opening credits, the vivid sacrifice scene and the wonderfully ambiguous, flame-licked ending.
November 1, 2015
A pretty good 70s flick with an exceptional ending..
½ September 7, 2015
A good horror-thriller that lays on the 70's camp pretty heavy.Not a bad watch some late night cable viewing.
April 10, 2015
The first half hour was great and the final chase scene was great (even if the ending felt anticlimactic). However, the middle portion of this movie is very slow and I felt myself dozing off or my mind wandering. It just felt unbalanced and if all the slow build had happened prior to seeing the sacrifice and ensuing chase scene then maybe this movie wouldn't have been as bad. The exposition just felt completely unnecessary because the setup was already there and they were already being chased by the cultist. Decent watch, but there is better out there.
February 18, 2015
Pretty cool little action thriller. Dark ending.
½ February 7, 2015
The suspense and violence are great, but the movie runs so slowly and needed to hurry along. It provided okay acting from Warren Oates and Peter Fonda with a good ending, but I couldn't get over how long it took between one action scene to the next with all the boring dialog at times.
October 24, 2014
Fonda + Oates = the balls. Great tension and suspense and the car chase is superb.
September 7, 2014
A truly good horror movie. (This one truly gets going!) A must see!
August 27, 2014
WOW.,...BRILLIANT...AMAZING....THRILLING....man i have just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is such a great movie 2 watch....its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie.....i think that peter fonda, warren oates (.R.I.P.), loretta swit, lara parker, rg armstrong (.R.I.P.), play good roles/parts throughout this movie.....i think that the director of this horror/classics/adventure/action movie had done a great job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie......



Race with the Devil was filmed on location in San Antonio, Castroville, Bandera and Leakey, Texas. Director Jack Starrett later claimed he hired actual Satanists to serve as cult-member extras, though he probably stated this for publicity purposes. Starrett directed the similar B-movie action film A Small Town in Texas the following year



its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie......its got good car chases throughout this movie......i think that this is such a cult classics movie 2 watch it is such a fantastic thriller movie 2 watch.....



The film was released theatrically in the United States by 20th Century Fox in June 1975. It earned North American rentals of $5.8 million.

The film was released on DVD by Anchor Bay Entertainment in 2005. This version is currently out of print.

On April 12, 2011 the film was released on DVD through Shout! Factory, packaged as a double feature with another Peter Fonda film, Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry. As of June 4, 2013, this Peter Fonda double feature set is available on Blu-ray.





A remake was planned in 2005, written by Drew McWeeny and Scott Swan, with Chris Moore (of Project Greenlight fame) to serve as director.Kevin Smith has said that Race With the Devil is a strong influence on his 2011 film Red State.

The film was also the basis for the Tamil language film Kazhugu (Eagle) which was released in 1981, and Drive Angry, starring Nicolas Cage, in 2011.



This was the second of three films Fonda and Oates would star in together (The Hired Hand was their first and 92 in the Shade was their third). The film was a hybrid of the horror, action and car chase genres. Wes Bishop scripted the film with Lee Frost. The two had previously teamed up in 1972 for the camp classic The Thing With Two Heads.


i think that this is such a fantastic movie 2 watch...
August 25, 2014
Peter Fonda And Warren Oats Star In This Surprise Box-Office Hit Of 1975. It's Probably One Of The First Films To Mix The Horror And Road Movie Genre. After Witnessing A Satanic Sacrifice Two Couples Must Go On The Run From The Cult, Bumping Into Many Members During Their Escape. This Ultimately Leads To A Full On Attack Near The End Of The Film. Slow For The Most Part, With Great Performances And A Good Plot Driven Story.
August 14, 2014
An entertaining although not very noteworthy low budget horror
½ July 12, 2014
Best friends Roger (Peter Fonda) and Frank (Warren Oates) set out on a vacation trip from Texas to Colorado with their old ladies (Lara Parker and Loretta Swit, respectively) in a sate-of-the-art RV. Along the way they witness a ritual sacrifice in the backwoods of West Texas and are pursued by the satanic cultists responsible. Escape becomes more and more hopeless as seemingly everyone they encounter is somehow in on the murder and want our heroes dead. It's mindless entertainment, but it's expertly photographed and contains some truly impressive stunt work; clearly this film paved the way for the Mad Max films. The cast are engaging enough and there are a couple of genuine shocks along the way, including a twist ending that actually works, but don't expect any substance. This is an action-horror film created for the drive-in market, where insight into the human condition is at best a tertiary concern. Pretty neato, if you're into these kinds of films.
July 6, 2014
Não existem explicações aparentes para toda a merda que acontece em "Race with the devil", mas quem precisa de explicações quando tem Warren Oates, Peter Fonda e duas playmates, dentro de uma caravana, a fugir de uma América transformada num gigante culto satânico?
Super Reviewer
March 25, 2014
There isn't actually any racing until the last ten minutes and by then it's not enough to wake you back up.
January 17, 2014
Two couples take off for Colorado in a recreational vehicle, looking forward to some skiing and dirt biking. While en route to camping, they witness a satanic ritual sacrifice, but the local sheriff finds no evidence to support their claims and urges them to continue on their vacation. On the way, however, they find themselves repeatedly attacked by cult members, and they take measures to defend themselves.

stars Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit, Lara Parker, R.G. Armstrong, Clay Tanner, Carol Blodgett, Bob Jutson, Peggy Kokernot, Carol Cannon , Tommy Splittberger, Karen Miller, James N. Harrell, Phil Hoover, and Wes Bishop

directed by Jack Starrett.
½ November 25, 2013
Thought this was super scary when I was a kid. Now it's just a bit lame and predictable. Good ending though.
½ November 1, 2013
Total rubbish, and Satan didn't even show up...actually no he wrote the script
September 10, 2013
Average at best 70's satanist chase through the woods films. Somehow this became a genre through the early to mid 70's. I think this would actually benefit from an updated suspenseful bloody remake. Hollywood direct to video market...get to it!
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