I’m always on the lookout for a good horror film so when I spotted that 88 films had released The Devonsville Terror featuring Donald Pleasence I simply had to take a look. It came out back in December 2016 but is still readily available from Amazon or over on the 88 Films website. So without further ado here’s my The Devonsville Terror blu-ray review.
- The Devonsville Terror (1983)
- Genre: Horror
- Directed by Ulli Lommel
- UK Rating 18
- Released By 88 Films
- Blu-ray Released: 26 December 2016
300 hundred years ago the town’s folk of Devonsville killed three women for practicing witchcraft. Skip forward to present day and that anniversary is only days away. Three newly arrived women have also joined the town’s population, a school teacher a radio DJ and an environmentalist scientist, could their presence really be a coincidence or are they in some way connected to the three alleged witches that were murdered all those years ago?
Style / Direction
The film is directed by Ulli Lommel plus he also takes care of the cinematography side of things. This is a film set in a small town in a rural setting. The camera work manages to intensify the weird behaviour of the town’s folk which works rather well.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is by Ray Colcord is rather good at creating a slightly disturbing ambience.
Acting / Characters
The acting on the whole suits the strange and unnerving feeling that the story is attempting to employ. Suzanna Love plays Jenny Scanlon a schoolteacher that has recently arrived in Devonsville. Everyone she meets at somewhat strangely toward her. As the star of the film she delivers a decent performance that leaves you thoroughly intrigued to the outcome of this supernatural tale.
Donald Pleasence was the main reason I decided to take a closer look at this film, he plays the local doctor and is also fascinated by the killing of three witches some three hundred years ago be the town’s ancestors. He makes pretty much any film better just for him being it and The Devonsville Terror is no exception.
- Suzanna Love as Jenny Scanlon
- Donald Pleasence as Dr. Warley
- Robert Walker Jr. (as Robert Walker) as Matthew Pendleton
- Paul Willson as Walter Gibbs
Conclusion: The Devonsville Terror (1983) Film Review
I actually enjoyed this low budget supernatural horror, it manages to create a very uncomfortable atmosphere with plenty of weird characters making up the town’s community. The addition of Donald Pleasence only further increases the overall enjoyment. Whilst The Devonsville Terror will never win any awards it is a rather good cult horror film worth a look.
If you like my The Devonsville Terror blu-ray review you may want to check out these films:
- Carnival of Souls (1962)
- Torture Garden (1967)
- Night of the Living Dead (1968)
- Seven Deaths In The Cat’s Eye (1973)
- Night Train Murders (1975)
- To The Devil A Daughter (1976)
Conclusion: The Devonsville Terror Blu-ray Review
The blu-ray box claims the film is a re-mastered 2K transfer and to be fair the picture quality is pretty good for the most part, it’s sharp and only has the occasional white specks. However the film does have at least three big black marks that appear on the right of the screen. If as claimed this is a remaster version these really should have been removed. They occur at 21, 41 and 61 minutes marks and are rather annoying. Other than that the picture quality is pretty good especially considering this is a lesser known title.
On the extras front there is a short interview with the director Ulli Lommel which is a nice bonus and gives a little insight into the making of the film.
- Interview with director Ulli Lommel (7 mins)
- Reversible Sleeve
On to my movie rating for The Devonsville Terror (1983)
- Movie Rating: WORTH WATCHING
- Blu-ray Picture: GOOD
- Extras: DECENT
Amazon UK Links
The Devonsville Terror (1983) is available now on blu-ray
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster unfortunately there’s only a really poor quality trailer on YouTube…
Clip NOT representative of the blu-ray version
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Summary: The Devonsville Terror (1983) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: The Devonsville Terror (1983)
Duration: 82 mins
Director(s): Ulli Lommel
Actor(s): Suzanna Love, Donald Pleasence, Robert Walker Jr., Paul Willson
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
A enjoyable low budget supernatural horror that manages to create a very uncomfortable atmosphere thanks in part to a rather strange set of characters.