It’s time for another look at a classic Hammer horror film that’s been out since 2012 on our favourite format. Having taken a look at all of the recently released Hammer films by Studiocanal it’s now time round-up the rest of the releases. So without further ado here’s my The Devil Rides Out blu-ray review.
- The Devil Rides Out (1968)
- Genre: Horror
- Directed by Terence Fisher
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 2 (Blu-ray & DVD)
Released By Studiocanal
- Blu-ray Released: 22nd October 2012
Nicholas, Duc de Richleau (Christopher Lee) is concerned about the well-being of his friend Simon Aron (Patrick Mower). It would appear that Simon has become mixed up with a devil-worshipping cult. Determined to free his friend from the cults influence he enlists the help of Rex Van Ryn. Will they be in time or is the Devil himself about to appear?
The film is based on the novel of the same name from author Dennis Wheatley.
Style / Direction
The film is directed by Terence Fisher with the cinematography handled by Arthur Grant. Quite simply it’s an exceptionally well made film and one that stands out in the Hammer catalogue of horror titles. Despite this due to budget constraints some of the special effects don’t quite appear as intended.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is provided by Hammer legend James Bernard and it’s a suitably powerful score that transmits fear into ones very being. Or to put it another way its Hammer and Bernard at their very best.
Acting / Characters
The Devil Rides Out has a truly excellent cast that really elevates this rather chilling tale to another level. Christopher Lee is the one that really stands out with an extremely powerful display. He plays his role with such seriousness and authority that he has you believing in this supernatural story.
Countering Lee’s good guy character is Charles Gray’s evil Mocata. Again Gray is perfect for this role with his menacing and mesmerising eyes he has you feeling like he really is the real incarnation of evil.
- Christopher Lee – Nicholas, Duc de Richleau
- Charles Gray – Mocata
- Leon Greene – Rex Van Ryn
- Patrick Mower – Simon Aron
- Niké Arrighi – Tanith Carlisle
- Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies – Countess
- Sarah Lawson – Marie Eaton
- Paul Eddington – Richard Eaton
- Rosalyn Landor – Peggy Eaton
- Russell Waters – Malin
Conclusion: The Devil Rides Out (1968) Film Review
I consider The Devil Rides Out to be a bit of a Hammer masterpiece and a film I never tire of. It’s an incredibly well made film and whilst the story is a strong one it relies heavily on the great acting from all of the cast but in particular Hammer legend Christopher Lee whom drives the film on.
A must see for all Hammer / horror fans.
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Conclusion: The Devil Rides Out Blu-ray Review
Studiocanal delivers another impressive Hammer Blu-ray release, the picture quality is simply excellent with zero issues to report. The image is clean and sharp whilst the colours appear as they should.
On the extras front the must see feature has to be “Black Magic: The Making of The Devil Rides Out” which provides plenty of insight into the production from Hammer experts such as Jonathan Rigby.
- Black Magic: The Making of The Devil Rides Out (34 mins)
- The Power of Light: Restoring The Devil Rides Out (11 mins)
- Dennis Wheatley At Hammer (13 mins)
- World of Hammer Episode: Hammer (25 mins)
- Stills Gallery
Popcorn Cinema Rating:
The Devil Rides Out (1968)
MOVIE RATING: MUST SEE
BLU-RAY RATING: EXCELLENT
POPCORN CINEMA: RECOMMENDED
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The Devil Rides Out (1968) Trailer
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Clip may not be representative of the blu-ray version
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Summary: The Devil Rides Out (1968) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: The Devil Rides Out (1968)
Duration: 96 mins
Director(s): Terence Fisher
Actor(s): Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Leon Greene, Patrick Mower, Niké Arrighi, Paul Eddington, Sarah Lawson, Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies
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A must see Hammer film that sees Christopher Lee at the top of his game.