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It was written by Richard Matheson and directed by Terence Fisher. Set in London and the south of England inthe story Gore Obsessed - The Devil Rides Out Nicholas, Duc de Richleau Christopher Leeinvestigating the strange actions of the son of a friend, Simon Aron Patrick Mowerwho has a house replete with strange markings and a pentagram.
He quickly deduces that Simon is involved with the occult. During the rescue, they disrupt a ceremony on Salisbury Plainin which the Devil, the "Goat of Mendes" Baphomet appears. After visiting the house while Richleau is absent to discuss the matter and an unsuccessful attempt to influence the initiates to return, Mocata forces Richleau and the other occupants to defend themselves through a night of black magic attacks, ending with the conjuring of the Angel of Death.
Richleau repels the angel, but it kills Tanith instead as, once summoned, it must take a life. The Duc has Tanith's spirit possess Marie in order to find Mocata, but they only are able to get a single clue, and Rex realizes that the cultists are at a house he visited earlier. Simon tries to rescue Peggy on his own, but he is recaptured by the cult. De Richleau, Richard, and Rex also try to rescue her, but they are defeated by Mocata.
Suddenly, a powerful force or Tanith herself controls Marie and ends Peggy's trance. She then leads Peggy in the recitation of a spell Liberace - Let Me Call You Sweetheart visits divine retribution on the cultists and transforms their coven room into a church.
When the Duc and his companions awaken, they discover that the spell has reversed time and changed the future in their favour. Simon and Tanith have survived, and Mocata's spell The Doors - Wanted conjure the Angel of Death has been reflected back on him.
Divine judgement ends his life, and he is subject to eternal damnation for his unholy summoning of the Angel of Death. Nicholas de Richleau comments that it is God to whom they must be thankful.
First proposed inthe film eventually went ahead four years later once censorship worries over Satanism had eased. Gore Obsessed - The Devil Rides Out screenplay was adapted by Richard Matheson from Wheatley's novel. Christopher Lee had often stated that of all his vast back catalogue of films, this was his favourite and the one he would have liked to have seen remade with modern special effects and with his playing a mature Duke de Richleau.
The A-side of British rock band Icarus's debut single "The Devil Rides Out" was inspired by the advance publicity for the film of the same title. Though the song does not appear in the film, the single's release was timed to coincide with the film's premiere and the band was invited to the premiere.
Reviews of the film have been widely favorable. Under Terence Fisher's direction [ This civilized counterattack [ Aside from Mr. Lee, the acting [ Still, [ Director Terence Fisher has a ball with this slice of black magic, based on the Dennis Wheatley novel. He has built up a suspenseful pic, with several tough highlights, and gets major effect by playing the subject dead straight and getting similar serious performances from his capable cast.
Christopher Lee is for once on the side of the Gore Obsessed - The Devil Rides Out. A disappointingly routine version of Dennis Gore Obsessed - The Devil Rides Out black magic thriller. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Devil Rides Out Theatrical release poster. This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. November June New York Daily News. New York City, New York.
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