The Devil Rides Out
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fisher's direction makes one of the Satanic orgies a production highspot, aided by some frenzied choreography by David Toguri and apt mood music."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"With Fisher, arguably the auteur of Hammer Studios, behind the camera, and one of its top stars in front of it, the film works on all levels and truly earns its reputation as a classic of British horror."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"It all sounds silly, but it is directed with a style and flair that create a creepy mood."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"I can't recall Christopher Lee being more animated and more enjoyable to watch."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Over the years, this film's reputation has grown enormously, and its cult status must be as high as any horror movie."
‑ , Time Out
"Witty conceptions jolt Terence Fisher's somber surface"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A curiously self-serious film, almost a message picture about black magic, albeit with great puffs of smoke, a giant spider, and a man in a goat costume"
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Really lame version of the Wheatley novel with laughable effects."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Superstitious moviegoers could do a lot worse."
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
"[This] is one of the last fine examples of the classic Hammer Horror style."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"Lee seems to be sniffing out the evil."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Spectacularly silly, stunningly colourful, and grounded by concise, unexaggerated direction."
‑ Jaime N. Christley, Apollo Guide
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