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The Devil's Rain (1975)

Cast: Ernest Borgnine, Ernest Borgnine, Eddie Albert, more...
Director: Robert Fuest, Robert Fuest
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Studio: Vci Video
Genre: Foreign, Horror, Supernatural/Occult, Latin America, Mexico, Quest, Revenge
Running Time: 86 min.
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Synopsis
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). ~ Cavett Binion, All Movie Guide

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Delicious Melted Cheese by ZenBones July 12, 2005 - 11:18 AM PDT
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You gotta love a movie with a credit for technical director as "The High Priest of the Church of Satan" (the guy also has an effective small part in the film). This is no "Exorcist", but it is excellent cheese. Ernest Borgnine and William Shatner act their roles to pieces, which is exactly what they should do, and veteran actress Ida Lupino actually manages to lay an air of dignity throughout her role; eyeless or not. The special effects are well... lots of eyeless faces (the eyes after all are the windows to the soul, and most of the cast ain't got their souls anymore), and a stunning ten-minute finale of melting, oozing faces and bodies, moaning and writhing in an acid rain. Great stuff! Great creepy soundtrack and production values too, as well as effective opening credits courtesy of Heironymous Bosch. Is this movie scary? No. Is it fun? Yes. An excellent rental to cuddle up with on a stormy night or Halloween.




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