The Devil Rides Out

The Devil Rides Out ★★★★

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE seems to have swirled around within an eternal chasm of horrific doom-laden cinema, TV and video game narration for his whole career. A career that included 293 acting credits and spanned nearly 70 years from 1948 to his final farewell in 2015, his booming voice is still instantly recognisable in huge roles including Count Dracula, Bond villain Scaramanga, Star Wars' Count Dooku and the fearsome Saruman in the Lord of the Rings series. What a guy. What a legacy.

In the Hammer horror era, he and his long time screen buddy Peter Cushing knocked out countless great films, with The Devil Rides Out being one of the very best. Released in the US under the moniker The Devil's Bride (maybe 'riding out' was a problem in the states?), this is a tale of devil worship and good over evil. Coincidentally, the bad guy in this one was acted by Charles Gray who played Blofeld, another bad guy in the Bond series.

Devoid of the gore and sex for which much of the Hammer content was renowned, The Devil Rides Out depended only on its story and the performances of its cast. A novel idea... eerie, creepy, fantastically well acted and terribly British, this is just my kind of film and tonight it really hit the spot.

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