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5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable and entertaining blend of action thriller and Satanic shocker., 21 July 2009
This review is from: The Devil Rides Out [DVD] [1968] (DVD)
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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