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The Devil's Men [DVD]
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Horror starring Donald Pleasance and Peter Cushing. When a number of tourists disappear from a picturesque Greek village, anxious priest Father Roche (Donald Pleasance) turns to his old friend, private detective Milo Kaye (Costa Skouras). Roche and Kaye are joined by Laurie (Luan Peters), who is searching for the friends she lost on a recent camping trip near the ruins of an ancient temple. The ruins are on a pagan site owned by the sinister Baron Corofax (Peter Cushing). When Kaye, Roche and Laurie stumble across Corofax's secret it seems their fate is sealed. Those who enter the forbidden chamber of the minotaur must die.
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Peter Cushing is a legent and Donald Pleasence a master of acting. --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.See all Product Description
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I have watched this before in the mid-1980's on late night television. It seems like a real winner, with the dream ticket of Pleasence and Peter Cushing who plays Corofax. Well, thats not quite the case, but its a fascinating missfire all the same. There are some good points. Pleasence is terrific as the weary priest, and his performance keeps the whole ship afloat. There are a couple of pretty good set pieces such as the frantic race to stop the sacrifice and the scene where Cushing and Pleasence tensly discuss the use of an ancient pagan fetish as a childs rattle. The amazing soundtrack by Brian Eno also deserves a mention, a great mixture of experimental electronica and chilly ambient, it deserves a better film to accompany it.
There are some bad points of course to balace against the good. First of all, I've never seen Peter Cushing give such a lacklustre performance, and I've seen many of his films. He seems entirely disinterested with the proceedings. Secondly , theres the idiotic character of Milo.Read more ›
To cut a long story short a couple of enterprising Greek film makers fancy their chances of nailing together a new film franchise featuring the unlikely double act of womanising, wise talking American investigator Milo and stuffy but kind hearted priest Father Roche. An exiled nobleman is mixed up in some satanic jiggery pokery - offering up tourists as sacrifices to an extremely unfrightening effigy of the minotaur and only Milo and Roche can stop him!
Or something like that.
The reality is however horribly dull, frustrating and loaded with wasted opportunities. I strongly suspect that the fledgling film makers blew most of the budget on getting Donald Plesance, Peter Cushing and Brian Eno (for the soundtrack) onboard and hoped that would be enough to sway audiences in the English speaking world.
It isn't. The Devil's Men looks beautiful with assured, camera-work and fantastic locations. Eno's score, though basically just a one chord drone that he probably cranked out in an afternoon is suitably atmospheric and the movie is laden with cracking 70's crumpet including that Austrailian sort from Fawlty Towers and uber hottie Jane Lyle of Island of Death infamy. But there the positives end. Cushing sleepwalks through it, looking like he has a corn cob up his bum and Pleasance fusses about trying his best, but never quite getting things right. To make matters worse the character of Milo is appallingly flimsy and unlikeable.
Okay, so it doesn't look that good.Read more ›
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two good actors i have never seen acting before but the film was very good and strange and scary and frightingPublished on 24 Mar. 2013 by mr roneill
Donald Pleasence and Peter Cushing at one of they best story a little weak but haveing two of film legends in it make up for it.Published on 1 Nov. 2012 by Andrew