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Most Gentlemanlike Performance
TCM MAKE THIS SHOW AVAILABLE! This is my favorite performance by Christopher Lee, who is dashing and deadly handsome with keen instincts. The film might be unpopular because of the anti-Satanist propaganda, as we have passed into a time wherein Leveyan Satanists have become widely accepted as quirky humanists. TCM would do well to overcome fears of prejudice against our dear friends the Levayens, for this show is about their dark theistic cousins and it is damned good.
Anything Christopher Lee is acting in is worth watching. Love him and I love Hammer Films.
A classic occult thriller
This great film from the Hammer Studios is an original adaptation of Dennis Wheatley's novel "The Devil Rides Out."Based on Wheatley's dinner table conversations with Aleister Crowley, the story centers on a conflict between the Black Lodge (headed by Mr. Mocata) and the White Lodge (headed by Lee's character, the Duke de Richleau.) Even as the powerful Mocata manipulates and terrorizes a small band of heroes, de Richleau's knowledge of the Magick of Light manages to win the day.Far from an actual horror film, this movie is an adaptation of an occult thriller, a story that today would fall nicely under the heading of "Dark Fantasy." Thus, fans of traditional horror might find it a bit slow-paced. Still, five stars because no church group or pious critic was able to criticize the film when it was released.
Deadly Yawn Inducer
Something to watch when there's too much time on your hands. This movie could only be worse if Robert Taylor starred in it.
Too Many Rules
- disinterested spectator
When Christopher Lee discovers that a young friend of his has become caught up in Devil worship, he reveals that he has been studying the subject for years, and so he knows just what to do, because he has it all memorized. Now, in a movie involving the supernatural, it is important that there be a small number of rules, and that the audience learn early on what those rules are (e.g., in the traditional vampire movie, we know that a vampire must avoid exposure to the sun, cannot see himself in the mirror, cannot stand the sight of the cross, and can be killed by driving a wooden stake through his heart). Then the audience can be engaged in what is going on. But in this movie, there must fifty-seven varieties of rules, rituals, and incantations you have never heard of, which we learn about only when Lee pulls them out of his hat. As a result, there is no suspense, for we are reduced to waiting to find out about the next new rule.
- David adaway
Christopher lee is as impressive on film as ever. Charles Grey plays a very imposing and powerful villain who's power and influence seems to have no limit. Hammer has always been a master of fusing plots and incredible story lines with great actors and actresses. Possibly the best film out of the iconic Hammer films vault.
Oh yeah, DO NOT MISS THIS FILM!
- T.M. Kohn
Script? Awful! Acting? Awful! Plot? Awful!...so bad, it's wonderful!!!
It IS Available
neat little Satanic thriller with Christopher Lee as the hero for a change,this film is available as The Devil Rides Out with another Lee film, Rasputin the Mad Monk,which is the more typical Lee chacterization
Best movie ever made in the history of film
One Of The Best From Hammer Studios
If you want to watch one of those good ol' creepy movies where there is not a lot of blood-letting but where the music and the feel of the film carries the fear, this is one of those films.Christopher Lee is at his best at this film. Only Hammer could put out some good stuff like this. I'd like to see Turner Classic put together a month of Hammer Studio classics for all to enjoy.
This is one of those movies where you could just listen to the sound and be laughing your britches off- but if you watch!!! Even MORE laughs!!! The players take themselves so seriously and its really a good point/moral to the story that Christ always is the Only Way to overcome the enemy. The sets and costumes as well as the dialogue combine for an entertaining classic but something about it just cracks me up! Definitely well made and not a "B" movie but has that B movie feeling- just gotta watch and see- if you have any sense of humor you will laugh!
The Devils Bride
- DEXTER LOPEZ
Perfect Ratings D Best
Great movie...under a different name, however.
This has always been a favorite of mine. However, I've always known this movie as "The Devil Rides Out". Perhaps it's a UK/US transitional title but it is misleading.