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Race With The Devil [DVD]

Peter Fonda , Warren Oates , Ricci Ware    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit, Lara Parker, R.G. Armstrong
  • Directors: Ricci Ware
  • Producers: Leonard Rosenman
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug 2007
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TQLJG4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,196 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An alternate title for this movie could easily be RV to Hell. Two middle-class couples take their spankin'-new motor home on a trip to Colorado. While camping out in Texas, the men see something they shouldn't--a human sacrifice by Satanists who somehow manage not to notice their Safeway-sized vehicle until the last minute. The tourists flee from the devil-worshippers, getting the monstrous RV hung up in a stream, and so goes the rest of the movie. The local sheriff is in league with the devil, and every town they come to is full of pesky Satanists. The holidaying couples are nothing if not resourceful, though; when a pair of determined Beelzebubbers cling to the vehicle like barnacles, Peter Fonda pokes at them with an aluminium vacuum-cleaner wand until they give up and fall off! Oddly, halfway through the film, it turns from a fairly routine (if suspenseful) horror movie to a Ron Howard-style car-chase film, with half a dozen vehicles pursuing the motor home. The holiday-makers continue to abuse the RV until large chunks of it begin to fall off, fending off their enemies with a shotgun until the nasty surprise ending. With a cast that includes Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit, and Lara Parker, it's hard to go wrong (though the women's roles consist of screaming ineffectually, making coffee, and cleaning the earth-toned Winnebago). Yep, this Central Texas-lensed drive-in feature supplies thrills, car wrecks, devil-worshippers, and unintended laughs by the bushel... what else can you ask for? --Jerry Renshaw, Amazon.com

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: This novel fusion of car-chase film and spooky horror became a surprise box-office hit in 1975. The story begins with car enthusiasts Frank (Warren Oates) and Roger (Peter Fonda) taking their wives, Kelly (Lara Parker) and Alice (Loretta Swit), on a vacation in a recreational vehicle. Their camping trip goes horribly awry when Frank and Roger accidentally stumble upon a group of hooded cultists committing a human sacrifice. The cultists give chase and the two couples barely escape with their lives. They go to the local police for help, but the officers can find no evidence to back up the story and send the two couples on their way. As they try to continue their vacation, strange events continue to occur that culminate in four protagonists and their cultist tormentors having a brutal automotive showdown on the open road. The end result of all this genre-hopping suffers from a lightweight approach that downplays the story's darker and more interesting elements, but still manages to deliver plentiful action and a few genuine chills. As a result, Race With the Devil became an unexpected success for 20th Century Fox and remains something of a cult favorite. ...Race with the Devil

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Witchcraft on wheels 30 Oct 2008
By Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Two couples(and their adorable dog) are on their way to a skiing holiday, when they stop off for the night. The two men Roger(Peter Fonda) and Frank(Warren Oates) notice some strange goings on and soon realise they are witnessing a full scale satanic ritual complete with human sacrifice. They are spotted by the satanists, but manage to get away. They arrive in a nearby town, and the two men return with the police to the scene of the crime, whilst the women(Loretta Swit and Lara Parker) stay behind, only to find an occult spell pinned to their vans back window. Soon they are being pursued across America by the unstoppable Devil worshippers.
This is a great 70's film, part road movie, part horror movie, and full enjoyment factor. It is a very creepy film, as the foursome start to realise how far the influence of the cult reaches and how much danger they are in. This being a 1970's film the couple are very fond of eachother and unite against the peril they face(if this was made now, they would probably all be sleeping with eachother, and bitching constantly). The ending is the highpoint, shocking and abrupt. There must have been a few gasps from the audience when it was originally shown. The performances of the main four protaganists are uniformally good, and theres nice support from R.G Armstrong as the local Sheriff.
So, an excellent film, as good as I remembered it from watching it in the early 80's. 4 out of 5
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars action paced thriller ! 14 July 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
i recently saw "ghost rider " with peter fonda starring alongside nicholas
cage,it prompted me to try to remember that peter fonda was in another
"biker" thriller in the 70s also about the devil.checking on amazon i saw
"race with the devil " wow ! i watched it years ago so when the dvd came
i couldnt wait to see it ! was it good ? absolutely gripping ,half the stuffing is gone in my armchair ! campers firstly witness a murder at a
black mass ,they are chased relentlessly through the desert & towns ,
their dog is hanged,snakes put in the van ,forced off the road you name it
but cannot give too much away because of the surprise ending.do they get
out alive ? brilliant ! cant give much more away ,just watch it ! theres
also an inteview with peter fonda & extras .
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hell on wheels! 22 Dec 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"When you Race With the Devil, you better be faster than Hell!" screams the trailer for one of the all-time great irresistible chase movie premises: vacationers Warren Oates and Peter Fonda inadvertently witness a ritual killing and find themselves and their wives pursued in their RV by a bunch of unrelenting Satanists. And these aren't any old Satanists - these are Texan Satanists, and darn well connected ones too. Pretty soon it's looking like the whole of the Lone Star State is part of a Satanic conspiracy, and thankfully it's one that involves lots of car crashes. While it doesn't make quite as much of the idea as it perhaps could and the great ending completely defies logic, it's still as much fun as it sounds. It's not a great movie by any means, but as Peter Fonda says on the US DVD it was never meant to be: it was just about having a good time with it (though I'm guessing that original director Lee Frost didn't have such a great time since he got replaced by Jack Starrett). Unfortunately, but perhaps predictably, there is a remake in the works.

Sadly the UK DVD is not a patch on Anchor Bay's Region 1 issue, which also features a 17-minute featurette including an interview with Peter Fonda, audio commentary by producer Paul Maslansky and actress Lara Parker, stills and poster gallery, 3 radio spots and original theatrical trailer.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching - an interesting scenario 11 Oct 2007
By LXIX TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I remember this film from my childhood in the mid-late 1970's so I was glad when the region 2 DVD came out. This film must have left quite an impression back then as I remember that my friends and I would often say: 'Hey look, there's one of those big Race with the Devil trailers' any time we saw something like it on the public roads.

It's well worth watching again. I wouldn't say it was scary, in fact, I had a laugh at one point thinking this would top any of those of those 'holiday from hell' type programmes on the TV.

On the downside, it's rather short (84 mins) and the women probably overdo the screaming. I doubt that, if a remake was made, that the female leads would scream so much in the background. Also, close your eyes if you're a dog lover as two canines are unceremoniously (or should that be ceremoniously...) strung up at various points.

An interesting road movie. If you like it get 'The Duel' as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Race with the Devil is directed by Jack Starrett and written by Wes Bishop and Lee Frost. It stars Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit, Lara Parker and R.G. Armstrong. A Panavision/ DeLuxe Colour production, music is by Leonard Rosenman and cinematography by Robert Jessop.

Two vacationing couples have to flee for their lives when they witness a ritualistic slaying by occultists.

Great fun. A raging "B" movie for the 70s drive-in crowd that tapped into the decades new found taste for the occult and highway speeding. Film is cloaked with a paranoia vibe as our two frantic couples desperately try to stay out of the clutches of Satanists. Life and death confrontations come and go, and as they are never sure who is in league with the hooded blood drinkers, they have to assume that they alone must fight the good fight. It all builds to a crescendo of exciting vehicle carnage, which in turn leads to the final denouement, which quite frankly is frustratingly brilliant. Oates and Fonda entertain with brisk and airy performances, though Swit and Parker are really only directed to be screaming banshees waiting to be saved by their burly men.

Best served with lashings of Bourbon and Coke, and not designed to be scrutinised for moral or ethical worth, just enjoy the ride and try and stay one step ahead of Old Nick. 8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever little horror movie
Nice little well made horror film, well directed and quite well acted by a well chosen cast of formidable actors, the story line is well maintained as well and although not edge of... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Keith Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Of its time!
Nice to see this film again but a little too much screaming from the leading ladies!
Still good fun and 'Of its time' .
Published 1 month ago by Mr A J Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Still good to watch.
I watched this film many years ago and really enjoyed it. When I saw it for sale I decided to buy it and I am glad I did. It is still great to watch. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pete.
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic
Love this film, remember seeing it years ago, it was mentioned on tv for some reason and it made me decide to order it and watch again, so glad I did, seems old now but still... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Deborah
4.0 out of 5 stars Blast from past
I remembered this movie from years ago - its still fast paced, action packed and great cast. I really enjoyed
Published 4 months ago by Fiona Jenks
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film of its time
This is very much a thriller of its time. Enjoyable to watch and so different to the gory films of today.
Published 5 months ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Race With The Devil
Road Movie, Horror, Action.

This is one of the best films I have seen in years. The story is simple enough, Devil Worshippers after holidaymakers, after witnessing a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paul Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
This is one of my favourite horrors of all time and made in the 70s which was a great decade for horror films. I would recommend this film.
Published 7 months ago by Mr. L. A. Brierley
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing 70's horror.
Race with the Devil is a fine example of the 1970s obsession with the occult and the Satanic rituals. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Puzzle box
4.0 out of 5 stars A 1970'ties action-horror-film!
This film is a mix of horror and action-film, and it's actully works fine in this b-film from the 70'ties with a really nice cast of stars known from Corman b-films in periode.
Published 10 months ago by Kent B. Goldschmidt
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