Halloween Edition: The Devil Rides Out (1968 Hammer Full Film)
Every Halloween we all dress up as ghouls, ghosts, slashers, zombies, werewolves, & vampires. Something about our past keeps coming back each and every year to remind us of the one night a year that it’s okay to love being scared and to have fun with it. But who is the scariest monster of them all? Where is the root of all this come from? In our opinion, you really can’t have a bigger bad guy than Devil himself. Satan, Beelzebub, Lucifer, Pazuzu, call him whatever you wish. The hardcore fact of it is it’s hard to top the big guy when it comes to scary shit. We have the perfect movie for you this Halloween and every Halloween, Christopher Lee’s favorite film, The Devil Rides Out!
The Devil Rides Out (also known as The Devil’s Bride) is a 1968 horror film, based on the 1934 book of the same name by Dennis Wheatley. The movie was written by Richard Matheson and directed by Terence Fisher. The film stars acting greats Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Niké Arrighi, Leon Greene, and Patrick Mower.
The story beings in 1929 London where we find Nicholas, Duc de Richlea (Christopher Lee), is visiting his friend, Simon Aron (Patrick Mower). Simon’s house is filled with gothic imagery and esoteric markings complete with your pentagrams. Nicholas quickly figures out that his good friend Simon has involved himself with occultic powers. Nicholas and another accomplice, Rex Van Ryn (Leon Greene), make an attempt to rescue Simon and another young occultist, Tanith (Niké Arrighi), from an insane satan worshiping cult. Baphomet appears during the ceremony to scare the shit out of you so keep an eye out for that.
Do they escape? And if so is that the end?? Of course not! This film is badass and we want to give much more of it away but if you’re into deep a rich story, fantastic visuals, stellar cast, and a movie that is scary as hell then ride out with us and join us for The Devi Rides Out!
The film was first brought up to Hammer Film Productions in 1963, however, there were severe censorship worries about the subject of Satanism. After a few years, the tension on the subject had eased a little and horror movie makers all over the world were able to tap into a new horror subject. Devil Rides Out was no exception and in August of 1967 production on this fantastic film began. Out of all of his work, Christopher Lee claims that this has been his absolute favorite film would have loved to have seen it remade with modern-day special effects!
Draw a pentagram and paint your walls red! You are in for a huge treat as we present to you through the wonders of Dailymotion, The Devil Rides Out!