The Devil Rides Out (1968)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Supernatural Horror, Costume Horror, Gothic Film  |   Release Date - Jul 20, 1968 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Adapted by Richard Matheson from a novel by Dennis Wheatley, The Devil Rides Out admirably adopts a restrained approach to its horrific material. Christopher Lee plays a French nobleman, Duc De Richeleau, who is worried sick over the bizarre behavior of his friend Simon (Patrick Mower). Richeleau has every reason to be concerned: unless drastic measures are taken, Simon will lose his soul to Satan within three days. Two black masses are performed (one a bizarre Felliniesque orgy), but neither satiate the Devil's appetite. As the story races to its climax, it looks as though Richeleau's own niece (Rosalyn Landor) will have to be sacrificed. The film's best moments belong to Charles Gray, playing the charming, hypnotic leader of the devil cult which holds Simon in its thrall. The Devil Rides Out was released in the U.S. as The Devil's Bride.

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daughter, duke, rescue, human-sacrifice, kidnapping, sacrifice, Satanism, soul