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Intriguing 70's horror.
on 29 June 2013
Race with the Devil is a fine example of the 1970s obsession with the occult and the Satanic rituals. Peter Fonda and Warren Oates play a couple of friends who take their wives (one of them being Loretta Swift - 'Hot Lips Houlihan' from M.A.S.H.) on vacation in an RV. Things don't go to well when the two guys witness a satanic ritual where a young, naked female is sacrificed by a bunch of robed cultists. Spotted lurking in the bushes, the guys make for the RV and put pedal to metal in an attempt to escape. What follows is a fairly usual tale of out-of-towners up to their necks in the Texan outback where seemingly everybody is in league with the cult (including the Sheriff) and is out to get them although they mask their evil intentions behind that brand of polite local friendliness, seen in stuff like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
It was an amazing film which will keep you wishing the nightmare will just end for those couples but at the same time you would want this movie to go on forever! It meets expectations and it does well to keep your attention. It had some neat chase scenes as well. I would say we can call this one Hills Have Eyes meets the Hitcher. The ending is very unique in a way that it is something new to the horror genre. Anyways I am a big fan of horror movies which have some excellent stories to follow and if your like me you will find this movie great. It is a highly intense and satisfying film in my opinion and it is very rare for a movie about road trip horror to go this well. Great cult classic from the 70's, however don't expect any gore or blood but instead it has tons of atmosphere and suspense. Oh, and I highly recommend that you get the blu-ray double feature edition which has this film along with the excellent Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry from Shout! Factory if you can.