31 Days of Horror: #24 – The Devil Rides Out
Your daily bitesized guide to the films you should be watching this Halloween season…
The Devil Rides Out (1968)
Directed by Terence Fisher
Written by Richard Matheson, from the novel by Dennis Wheatley
Starring Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Patrick Mower, Niké Arrighi
Based upon occult expert Dennis Wheatley’s novel, The Devil Rides out is Hammer at their grandiose best. Directed with Terence Fishers simple but skillful style, it spins a devilish tale about the nefarious goings on inside a cult who quite literally summon the devil and are generally up to no good. The Devil Rides Out isn’t as achingly Gothic as some of the Hammer catalogue, but with a script respectful to Wheatley’s occult knowledge and its hints at the esoteric goings on of high society it is a perfect fit for Hammer.
Dripping with atmosphere, and in possession of a genuinely surprising twist, it is both creepy and gleefully camp making it a fantastic pick for anyone in the mood for some old school Halloween thrills. Christopher Lee is wonderfully theatrical as The Duc De Richelieu – … Continue reading