Probably the greatest horror movie of Christopher Lee's long career, the 1967 Hammer adaptation of Dennis Wheatley's The Devil Rides Out is one of the most overlooked and underrated films in British cinema. Along with Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969), it was one of the last really first-rate movies the company produced, and features all of the Hammer personnel working at the top of their game. Alongside Lee, in what might be his very finest movie performance as the stern aristocrat who finds himself battling a terrifying supernatural evil, the film notably showcases Diamonds Are Forever's Blofeld, Charles Gray, in an excellent, award-worthy turn as a master of black magic.
Effortlessly streamlining Wheatley's sprawling novel, I Am Legend author Richard Matheson contributes an excellent script, enabling director Terence Fisher to deliver one of his paciest, most exciting horror flicks, which is further enhanced by possibly James Bernard's finest ever score. A couple of dodgy special effects aside, the film is a literate, thrilling adventure into the occult, and one of Fisher's greatest triumphs. A must-see, despite being another Hammer movie released onto DVD utterly devoid of extras.