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Race With the Devil

Peter Fonda , Warren Oates , Jack Starrett    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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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

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The 1975 film "Race With the Devil" begins innocently enough. Two couples on vacation in an RV decide to take a turn on a dirt road to spend the night away from the bustle. They park their rocking vehicle out in the wilds of south central Texas. They inspect the beauty of the desolate land, have a candle-lit dinner and a glass of wine, and toast the first night of a needed vacation. The sun sets and a full moon rises. But a funny thing happens.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars unsung cult classic April 8 2004
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I saw this film in the 70's. It made a lasting impression on me. The film includes the foxy witch from Dark Shadows. Hotlips from MASH. Peter Fonda from Easy Rider and Mr.Warren Oates.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A 70's drive-in classic and a great team-up March 19 2004
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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 Fonda and together, they make a great team and have wonderful chemistry in their scenes together. Loretta Swit and Lara Parker are both good at making coffee in the RV and are very believable as the wives and boy can they scream!! Jack Starrett does a fine job directing, sets up some great, tense moments of suspense (the scene with the rattlesnakes is harrowing!!) and puts some first-rate car chase scenes and stunts into the mix, as well. It is also far more believable, plotwise, than the vast majority of horror films that have been made since. And they did it without the gratuitous blood and gore so common now. The most chilling aspect of this film's many villains is that they are not indestructible, unkillable monsters, but are very ordinary and human. They and the many everyday, normal settings both take on a cold, eerie quality, even in the brightest daylight. It also pays homage to the era in which was made. Imagine getting excited these days about having a microwave oven in an RV!! It doesn't make any efforts to be anything more than what it is, but the film is meant to be enjoyed as a thrill-show, like a rollercoaster. You care about the two vacationing couples, you cheer them on as they run for their lives, you despise the villains and you hate the abrupt, shock ending. All-in-all, this film delivers what it promises and is a satisfying story. Forget what the eggheaded film critics like Leonard Maltin have to say about it and just enjoy yourself.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Undisclosed Censorship
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
Published on July 6 2005 by David Stuckey
5.0 out of 5 stars RACE WITH THE DEVIL
Published on July 15 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars An alternate ending??
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 more
Published on March 24 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed, not a dull moment
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 more
Published on March 3 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I saw it at the show when it first came out!
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 more
Published on Dec 5 2003 by J. Marinelli
4.0 out of 5 stars One Thrill of a Ride
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 more
Published on Feb. 24 2003 by Darian Dennison
3.0 out of 5 stars Get Your Kicks On Route 666
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 more
Published on Aug. 29 2002 by Bruce Rux
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb movie about devil worshipping
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 more
Published on Aug. 28 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspend your disbelief
Right off the bat... suspend your disbelief! If you aren't willing to do that, you are simply not going to get as much enjoyment out of this movie as you deserve to. Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2002 by David Grim
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Last Great Car Chase Flix of the '70's!
I loved the car chase films of the 70's. This capped the list of some of my favorites, which include Vanishing Point, Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (also with Peter Fonda), and the... Read more
Published on March 29 2002 by M. Joslin
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