Race With the Devil [Import]
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An alternate title for this movie could easily be RV to Hell. Two middle-class couples take their spankin'-new motor home on a trip to Colorado. While camping out in Texas, the men see something they shouldn't--a human sacrifice by Satanists who somehow manage not to notice their Safeway- sized vehicle until the last minute. The tourists flee from the devil worshippers, getting the monstrous RV hung up in a stream, and so goes the rest of the movie. The local sheriff is in league with the devil, and every town they come to is full of pesky Satanists. The vacationers are nothing if not resourceful, though; when a pair of determined Beelzebubbers cling to the vehicle like barnacles, Peter Fonda pokes at them with an aluminum vacuum-cleaner wand until they give up and fall off! Oddly, halfway through the film, it turns from a fairly routine (if suspenseful) horror movie to a Ron Howard-style car-chase film, with a half-dozen vehicles pursuing the motor home. The vacationers continue to abuse the RV until large chunks of it begin to fall off, fending off their enemies with a shotgun until the nasty surprise ending. With a cast that includes Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit, and Lara Parker, it's hard to go wrong (though the women's roles consist of screaming ineffectually, making coffee, and cleaning the earth-toned Winnebago). Yep, this Central Texas-lensed drive-in feature supplies thrills, car wrecks, devil worshippers, and unintended laughs by the bushel... what else can you ask for? --Jerry Renshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Across the river they hear an eerie howl and suddenly, a mysterious bonfire roars to life. They grab a pair of binoculars and notice a group of people in black robes dancing around this huge fire. There's weird chanting, a man in a mask with a sword, and nude women at his feet. The dancing becomes more intense, and a woman is stabbed to death in an apparent sacrifice. At that moment, the wife of one of the stunned men turns on the RV light and screams at her husband to come inside. The Satanic cult realizes they are not alone, and furiously charge across the river. Thus begins one long and very creepy chase across the back roads of a Texas landscape.
We've been here before, whether it be with a cannibalistic family in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" or Georgia hillbillies in "Deliverance." The setup is usually the same - a group of innocents, semi-lost, encountering horrid miscreants without a shred of help anywhere in sight. I don't think "Race With the Devil" is as good as either of the two previous films mentioned, but I will say in all honesty this flick scared me as a child.
"Race With the Devil" taps a primal fear we have of being stranded in unknown lands pursued by people with murderous intentions.Read more ›
This film was made in an much inocent time way before the strange societies and strange uneasyness that is circulating now. Talkabout Tom Cruz's film Eyes Wide Shut this film prefigured that message. It just that unlike Cruz's movie that alerted folks that rich people belong to not too frienldly societies so too do regular folk inhabite fringelike clubs too. This classic never got the attention it deserved,perhapes it was too close to real life. The ending is real to life too. I mean with all the innocent children being kidnapped and other freaky things that our cablenews is alerting us to be very wary. Imagine how back in innocent times before Ted Bundy and other kind with strange appetites. How it scary was. I mean Earthday was just invented and peace, love, and joy were still believed in. Heck folks in Florida did noteven lock their doors to their houses yet. This film was way before its time. I pesonnally can not see a vacationing RV without thinking of what happened in the film. People disappear while vacation in cars or RVs more than is realize. The film is not graphic or gory. It does not have to be to get the message across. The panic in the film comes across as pure choas. The choas that one feels in the dark no place to turn and no one to turn to for help. That is what so scary. It so like we are living today with the aftermath of the Twin Towers, never knowing what is gonna happen next. You just want everything to return to normal.
Its like impending doom. This film is exactly what Americans feel like today. We are in that RV and bad things are happening man!
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This is a movie I always enjoyed, awkwardly done as it was.
I eagerly awaited the DVD release. However, Anchor Bay has done a rather poor job by releasing this with at least... Read more
WHERE IS THE DVD???? THIS MOVIE IS SUCH A CLASSIC.CREEPY AND SCARY ALIKE.SO WORTH SEEING!!Published on July 15 2004
Without giving away the film's real ending, how about this for an alternate ending: The two couples and their much battered RV finally get safely to Amarillo where they report... Read morePublished on March 24 2004
This film evokes such great memories of warm summer nights at the drive-in. It has one of the greatest character actors who ever lived in Warren Oates, one of the coolest in Peter... Read morePublished on March 19 2004
Race With The Devil has a good cast, plenty of action and stunts and once it really gets going, it manages to keep viewers tensely on the edge of their seats for most of the film. Read morePublished on March 3 2004
We saw it when it was at the show. Am I old or what? It's still just as good as the day we first saw it! Peter & Warren vs. the Satanists. Who to root for? Hmmmmmm. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2003 by J. Marinelli
Boy I just watched this movie last night for the first time since 1995 and boy this movie just gets better and better everytime I watch this movie, although some parts are a bit... Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2003 by Darian Dennison
The whole premise of this suspenseful action flick is flawed - if masked murderers were seen from a distance in a remote location, especially if they were exceedingly well... Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2002 by Bruce Rux
I first watched this movie when I was a young child and I didn't understand alot of it, but for some reason it just stuck with me. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2002
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