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Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Devil's Bride (1968)

Starring Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Nike Arrighi, Leon Greene, Patrick Mower
Directed by Terence Fisher
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

When an esteemed noble finds his young friend has joined a cult of satan-worshippers, he uses his knowledge of the occult to battle the cult leader for the young man's soul.

Better known today by its British title (and the title of the original Dennis Wheatley novel) The Devil Rides Out, this is an impressive Hammer horror film, well-scripted by Richard Matheson, and with an excellent performance by Lee in a rare heroic role.  The performance of Gray as Mocata, the evil cult leader, is just as good as Lee's, and suspenseful cutting between his evil stare and his hypnotized victims is very effective in displaying his villainy.  The special effects are something of a shortcoming, but overall this is an exciting and well-acted movie.

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