AKA: The Devils Bride (US)
Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Christopher Lee (Duc de Richleau), Charles Gray (Mocata), Nike Arrighi (Tanith Carlisle), Leon Greene (Rex Van Ryn), Patrick Mower (Simon Aron), Gwen Ffrangcon Davies (Countess), Sarah Lawson (Marie Eaton), Paul Eddington (Richard Eaton), Rosalyn Landor (Peggy Eaton), Russell Waters (Malin)
The Duc de Richleau (Christopher Lee looking rather handsome) and his old friend Rex Van Ryn investigate the actions of their shared acquaintance Simon Aron who has gotten himself mixed up in a Satanic cult led by the enigmatic Mocata. When de Richleau and Van Ryn manage to rescue Aron and another new recruit, Tanith Carlisle, Mocata goes to extreme lengths to get his initiates to the left hand path back… This is supposedly one of Christopher Lee’s favourite films in his back catalogue and I guess I can kinda see why. Some of the effects are a little dated now but it’s an interesting storyline and a good old Hammer romp. There is an immensely funny moment during a satanic baptismal ceremony where the entire coven dance like crazy people and I swear you can see some guy giving it Big Fish, Little Fish, Cardboard Box in the corner of the screen. Generally tho it’s pretty good. Lee does a good turn as the good guy for once – strong, stoic and in-charge. Charles Gray makes for a suitably evil villain, he is one freaky looking individual! Again the blu-ray conversion makes it looks pretty amazing and it’s definitely worth a watch.