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The Devil Rides Out [DVD] [1968]

Christopher Lee , Charles Gray , Terence Fisher    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Leon Greene, Nike Arrighi, Patrick Mower
  • Directors: Terence Fisher
  • Producers: Anthony Nelson-Keys
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Widescreen, Anamorphic, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Oct 2006
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HEVTI6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,111 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The Duc de Richleau (Christopher Lee) is concerned by the disappearance of his young friend Simon (Patrick Mower) from the social scene. Accompanied by former army colleague Rex (Leon Greene), de Richleau discovers that Simon has joined a group of Devil worshippers, led by the evil Mocata (Charles Gray). Through de Richleau's attempts to wrest Simon from Mocata's influence, Rex becomes romantically involved with Tanith, another member of the cult.


Christopher Lee, long Hammer Studios' house villain, takes a rare heroic turn as scholar and occultist Duc de Richleau, the kind of role that Peter Cushing had made his métier. Lee plays Richleau with a dark elegance and intensity-he is a commanding figure with a trim goatee who discovers that the son of a war buddy has joined a satanic cult lorded over by the quietly malevolent Mocata (Charles Gray, best known as the narrator in The Rocky Horror Picture Show). Director Terence Fisher, working from a literate script by genre scribe Richard Matheson, creates a strikingly handsome period piece (set in 1920s rural England) dripping in dread as Richleau and Mocata battle for the souls of two young lovers on both physical and spiritual planes. The action scenes are well handled and the towering Lee cuts quite a figure leaping through hoards of robed devil worshippers to save a sacrificial victim, but the film peaks in an eerie supernatural battle in which Richleau and his sceptical party confronts Mocata's demons while protected in a giant pentagram. The effects are coarse and dated by today's standards, but the gorgeous period detail, vivid colour and unsettling imagery create a sinister ambience, and Fisher's mix of psychodrama and swashbuckling action makes for an engrossing thriller, a life-and-death struggle between two masters of the forces of light and darkness. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devil Rides Out Blu-Ray review 2 Nov 2013
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I have both the Anchor Bay DVD and the new Blu Ray release, I have always thought the original effects let an otherwise brilliant film down. So the guys who re-mastered this edition have done a brilliant job, they have not ruined the film at all, total rubbish, they have enhanced it, if you watch the making of its only in small bits, blue flames behind the Angel of Death, when there was just a blue screen(as originally Hammer did not have the budget or/and time to do the effect), the Spider which always looked rubbish, its still there(no CG spider), just colour corrected and darkened so now it looks grounded and in the room, instead of a stupid super imposed spider. They also got a 4k print of it, did all the remastering of it on this, then took it down to Blu Ray resolution. Get this disc dont listen to the nay sayers, brilliant quality.

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One of Terrence Fisher's greatest directorial efforts certainly is this stylish, witty and thrilling adaptation of a Dennis Wheatley novel. Richard Matheson did the screenwriting and like most of what he touches, it turns to gold. This film also has a wonderful score throughout, some superior set pieces and some decent looking special effects for its day (O.K. so maybe some of it does look cheesy and laughable). This film sets itself apart from most of the rest of Christopher Lee's career as, for a change, he plays the good guy!. In fact, he does a rather good job and the character, although a hero definitely suits his persona. Lee's character is a pronounced expert on the occult and Lee does a great job in portraying him. This was probably one of Hammer's lesser known efforts, however The Devil Rides Out is one of the strongest Satanist films in a subgenre that's usually known for powerful films. Unlike a lot of Hammer's efforts, there are no gothic monsters to be seen or unfortunately period sets and costumes. The story centers around a group of three friends meeting after sometime and finding that one of them has been taken in by a Satanic cult, and is soon to be "re-baptized" into the unholy order. The forces of good face everything from old Scratch himself to a giant spider to the Angel of Death, not to mention Mocata and his league of followers. Christopher Lee gets in a rare turn as a protagonist facing Charles Gray's sinister Mocata, a "high priest" in Satan's service. He brings all the manner and imposing stature of his Dracula character to this role and the result is one of the best hero characters in Hammer's vaunted history. The Devil Rides Out is a fantastic film and definitely one of my favorites that has been overshadowed by Hammer's more famous films. I do suggest you seek it out though, if for nothing other than to see Lee as a good guy.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hammer Classic 31 Aug 2007
Of all the British horror films it`s "The Wicker Man" that tends to get all the plaudits, but for my money The Wicker Man has no sense of fun with it unlike this. I remember first seeing this on late night TV all those years ago & thinking "Wow what a movie". Having spoken to many people over the years whenever we talk about horror films this is allways mentioned. This is beyond any doubt one of the most underated British horror movies ever. If your new to Hammer or you`ve never seen this film & your reading all these reviews you should now be thinking is this really that good ? Well actually yes it is. The use of music is outstanding in helping to set the atmosphere, the special Fx are`nt as naff as they usually are in Hammer films, the acting by everybody is 1st class, the screen play is perfectly ballanced between horror & adventure, the edititng is spot on & set at a good pace, and to cap it all it`s actually a bloody good story ! i mean what more could you want. Put this on when you & your mates get back from the pub, there`ll love you forever if you do !

A true British classic, worth every penny even Christopher Lee rates this as one of his best film moments. What better recommendation than that can you have ? Highly Recommended go buy !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best adaption of a Wheatley book 24 Mar 2013
Christopher Lee sites this as one of his best films amd you can.certainly see why.It also asks the question.why he didnt play the hero as often as he is a tremendous presence in the role.Why on eart they didnt give him the Verney role in To the Devil a Daughter though he was tremendous as the follower of Astroth.The plot demonstrates excellent narrative and is compelling probably due to the faithful adaption by Matheson of I am Legend Shrinking Man fame.Terrence.Fischer proves again he is Hammers most cosistent Director.Whatever version you choose the original are the one with cgi this is a plot and acting driven film.and you will.thoroughly.enjoy it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scarcely in the name of God... 16 July 2007
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.
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one of the best hammer films - looks terrific on blu-ray
Published 11 days ago by Barnaby Nickolls
5.0 out of 5 stars I've always liked this film from seeing it as a kid
I've always liked this film from seeing it as a kid. However, even then I remember being unimpressed with some of the special effects. Read more
Published 19 days ago by D. Hemenway
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My favourite ever film. An absolute Masterpiece. Charles Grey is magnificent.
Published 19 days ago by DEREK RUSHTON
3.0 out of 5 stars Limp Effort
Not quite complete garbage, but very nearly. Hammer goes serious once more? Movies like 'Plague Of The Zombies' are far better than this - because they're campy fun and Michael... Read more
Published 2 months ago by A.J.Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch many times great
Arrived quickly and good quality and enjoy the film, wish this could be remade with new technology but only if they keep to the original story
Published 2 months ago by Mrs C A Smonds
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the purchase
Good DVD - it is a pity that I had to purchase this from another seller as the original one was lost in the post. A great Wheatley novel turned out to be a watch-able film.
Published 2 months ago by Dr. David Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of three of my favorite films ever had it on vidio for years so thrilled with dvd
Published 3 months ago by barbi
4.0 out of 5 stars I am not disappointed.
I bought it for old times sake. I am not disappointed.
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