The Devil's Rain

Overview

This horror oddity tells the story of a well-networked throng of devil-worshipers populating a small Arizona town who possess a strange crystal icon which houses the captive souls of their sacrificial victims. The coven, led by the thick-browed Jonathan Corbis Ernest Borgnine, are also determined to get their hands on a diabolical "Book of Names" which contains the identities of those victims. After the family of Tom Preston Tom Skeritt are murdered by the coven for concealing the book, Tom sets out to avenge ...
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Overview

This horror oddity tells the story of a well-networked throng of devil-worshipers populating a small Arizona town who possess a strange crystal icon which houses the captive souls of their sacrificial victims. The coven, led by the thick-browed Jonathan Corbis Ernest Borgnine, are also determined to get their hands on a diabolical "Book of Names" which contains the identities of those victims. After the family of Tom Preston Tom Skeritt are murdered by the coven for concealing the book, Tom sets out to avenge them. During an outrageous climax -- in which none other than William Shatner is offered up in sacrifice and Borgnine is transformed by a lightning bolt into a chunky horned demon -- the receptacle of souls is shattered, releasing the title storm and causing the congregation to melt into puddles of multicolored goo a scene which seems to last forever. Produced in 1975 but released two years later, this film touted John Travolta's name at the height of his popularity, though his role is remarkably small he does melt nicely at the end, however.
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Special Features

Commentary by director Robert Fuest; Newsreel with Anton LeVay, high priest of the church of satan; Theatrical trailer; Radio spots; Still gallery
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Hollywood's post-Exorcist infatuation with Satan spawned a multitude of occult thrillers pining for similar exploitive success, though few had as surprisingly effective results as the equally kitschy/creepy Devil in the desert flick, The Devil's Rain. Featuring an impressive cast and an assured, eerie tone that endures despite some truly wild imagery, the film is a hidden gem in the world of obscure mid-'70s horror. Opening with a vivid title sequence featuring Hieronymus Bosch renderings of Dante's Hell accompanied by Al Delory's under-your-skin harmonics, director Robert Fuest The Abominable Dr. Phibes and its sequel keeps the audience uneasy from the get-go and ratchets up the tension from there. The cast should grab any hardcore cinephile by the throat, with William Shatner, Ida Lupino, Ernest Borgnine, and Tom Skerritt all adding their varied levels of class to an otherwise B-picture. John Travolta even makes an appearance, though his all-too-brief glimpses are obscured by various satanic extras as well as a case of a waxy, gruesome makeup job. In fact, this is one production that certainly benefited from a lax ratings board, as its gaping eye-socket nastiness spits in the face of its PG rating -- never mind that the picture just might hold the record for greatest melting effects in horror history, as evidenced in the finale once billed as "The Most Incredible Ending to a Motion Picture Ever!" While that statement certainly does some yoga stretches with the old truth, there are no lies in saying that Ernest Borgnine in demon-goat makeup is worth the price of admission alone.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2006
  • UPC: 030306812595
  • Original Release: 1975
  • Rating:

  • Source: Dark Sky Films
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 35,598

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ernest Borgnine Corbis
Eddie Albert Dr. Richards
Ida Lupino Mrs. Preston
William Shatner Mark Preston
Keenan Wynn Sheriff Owens
Tom Skerritt Tom Preston
Joan Prather Julie Preston
Woodrow Chambliss John
John Travolta Danny
Claudio Brook Preacher
Lisa Todd Lilith
George Sawava Steve Preston
Erika Carlson Aaronessa Fyffe
Tony Cortez 1st Captor
Anton La Vey High Priest
Diane La Vey Priscilla Corbis
Robert Wallace Matthew Corbis
Technical Credits
Robert Fuest Director
James Ashton Screenwriter
James V. Cullen Producer
Al DeLory Score Composer
Gabe Essoe Screenwriter
Frederico Farfan Special Effects
Thomas Fisher Special Effects
Michael S. Glick Producer
Jose Rodriguez Granada Art Director
Carlos Granjean Set Decoration/Design
Gerald Hopman Screenwriter
Sandy Howard Producer
Michael Kahn Editor
Nikita Kantz Production Designer
Nikita Knatz Production Designer
Alex Phillips Jr. Cinematographer
Carol Wenger Special Effects
Cliff Wenger Special Effects
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Devil's Rain
1. Opening Credits [3:57]
2. Corbis [9:42]
3. Journey to Redstone [3:55]
4. Challenge of Faith [9:49]
5. Mind Control [7:37]
6. Searching for Preston [8:59]
7. Corbis' Curse [8:25]
8. Ritual [9:33]
9. The Devil's Rain [23:05]
10. End Credits [:52]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Devil's Rain
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      Anton LaVey Newsreel
      Still Gallery
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