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Race With The Devil [DVD]

Peter Fonda , Warren Oates , Jack Starrett    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit, Lara Parker, R.G. Armstrong
  • Directors: Jack Starrett
  • Producers: Wes Bishop
  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TQLJG4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,689 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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It's a vacation from hell as some weekend campers get more than they bargained for. For Frank (Warren Oates) and his friend Roger (Peter Fonda) it should have been a holiday to relax and unwind, but when they and their wives (Lara Parker and Loretta Swit) pull into a remote campsite, they witness a Satanic ritual sacrifice. When the local sheriff finds no evidence, they're encouraged to continue with their holiday. But it's not long before they find themselves being hunted by cult members and realise that if they are going to survive they'll need to start fighting back.


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,

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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 100 REVIEWER
"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 Witchcraft on wheels 30 Oct 2008
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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 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars action paced thriller ! 14 July 2007
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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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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 Race With The Devil 16 Sep 2013
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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 satanic ritual. but it really adds to the tension of the film. This Movie is worth it for the Extras alone. Pick up the Region 1 DVD for the bonus Features. I sold my Region 2 Copy. Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit, Lara Parker RG Armstrong give great performances.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 19 days ago by jobe
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay chase movie
One of the few - the very few - modern 'horror' movies I can stand. I first saw this on TV about, oh, thirty years ago, it might have been. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A.J.Bradley
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 7 months 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 8 months ago by Dawton
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 9 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 11 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 11 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 11 months ago by Anna
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 14 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
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