Hello all. Been too long, since I last posted on here .... far too long.
I felt compelled to right a few words about The Devil Rides Out.
I've always enjoyed this film and it has always been my favourite of all Sir Christopher's Hammer films. After watching it, for the umpteenth time, I really do believe it is one of Sir Christopher's finest, if not best ever perforemances. From the very first opening few minutes, the tension is hightened and your immediately whisked into an absorbing battle of good over evil.
I wanted to highlite Sir Christopher's role. For me ... the whole film is held together by Sir Christophers perfectly balanced lead role. I enjoy the fact, that he is, for the majority of the film, central to every scene and as the good guy, has some wonderful dialogue. He has a fine supporting cast, of course, Charles Gray, Leon Greene, Paul Eddington, Patrick Mower and many others, but Sir Christopher shows such asuredness in the portrayal of the Duc de Richleau, and all perforemances revolve around his character. The score is suitably menacing and the skillfull direction of Terence Fisher, keeps everything moving along at a fair old pace. The production values, are of course, what you would expect from Hammer. It all adds up to what, I consider a true Hammer Classic.
I'm sure I will be watching this again, very soon .... as I never tire of it. If I could only rescue one Hammer film, from my collection, it would have to be this one.
My best to all, especially at this time of year.