Reviewed bylambiepie-2Vote: 6/10/10
This is what I call a fun film. It's so bad, its good.
It's not supposed to be funny, but you cannot help but laugh. WilliamShatner kicks royal butt in this for his performance is the funniest...well,I'll be honest, he's running neck and neck with Ernest Borgnine. Early,early performance of John Travolta is to die for. This is a film that yourent, get a big bowl of buttered popcorn with lots of water/soda and justenjoy it for schlock's sake. You know this film was about nothing but apaycheck for everyone in it.
But I must give credit where credit is due. I love watching the 'melting'scene. Loads of fun. This is good entertainment from the "who green lightedthis mess?" area of your brain. This was no "The Exorcist" but rememberaround this time, everyone wanted to do a "devil" film. This one is justfunny and in a not supposed to be funny way!
Reviewed byJoeKarlosiVote: 6/10/10
This has got to be one of the strangest movies ever made, yet somehow Istill find myself revisiting it at least once a year despite the factthat it's seriously flawed. I will attempt to explain why that is.Let's begin with trying to decipher some sort of "plot" out of thismess: From what I can surmise here after multiple viewings, MarkPreston (William Shatner) has possession of an important book which hasbeen hidden by the Preston family for some 300 years. It containssignatures written in blood of the scores of people who have sold theirsouls to the devil over the years. There is also an immortal discipleof Satan named Jonathan Corbis (Ernest Borgnine) who has spanned thesecenturies terrorizing the Prestons in a failed attempt to obtain thebook, which is required to deliver these souls to Lucifer. In themeantime, the tortured victims wait and moan in eternal limbo trappedinside a large vessel called "The Devil's Rain" until Corbis can locatethe book he seeks. Corbis has succeeded in seizing Mark and his mother(Ida Lupino) and turning them into brainwashed cult members, and it'sup to Tom Preston (Tom Skerrit) and Dr. Samuel Richards (GREEN ACRES'own Eddie Albert, looking totally lost) to join forces in foilingCorbis' plan.
At least that's what I think is going on. Director Robert Fuest (1970'sWUTHERING HEIGHTS, the two DR. PHIBES films) does a horrible job intrying to tell a linear story, and there are more holes in the plothere than you would find on 42nd Street back in the 1970's. Just abouteverything going on in this movie may be pointed out as not beingadequately explained. And yet -- and yet -- the film is still notwithout some things to enjoy for fans of cheesy horror... It's a treatgetting to watch Ernest Borgnine (Marty himself) really getting intohis diabolical role, and it's an added kick seeing him in monstermakeup whenever he summons up a goat-demon from the pits of hell,emerging with huge ram horns! Eddie Albert seems to be as confused aswe are, and this is most obvious in an outside sequence late in thefilm where he and Skerrit are arguing over the meaning of The Devil'sRain; it's hilarious watching them stepping over each other's words,and you get the impression they just winged all their dialogue for thatscene. William Shatner gets his moments to shine where he goes over thetop as we've come to love from him ("Corbissss!!!! Goddamn you!!!").You also gotta love seeing Ida Lupino sink further in her later yearsto the point of walking around as a mindless zombie with her eyeballsblackened out, which is the preferred manner of initiation for thesouls of Satan. And then there is John Travolta -- this was his firstmovie, but it's nearly impossible to spot him as one of the black-eyedcultists in his few very brief appearances. Real-life member of theChurch of Satan, Anton LaVey, was an "adviser" on the film, and appearswearing a mask as one of the devil's servants.
The climax of the movie is worth waiting for, and it was touted highlyas the main selling point back in its day... we get to see the resultsof The Devil's Rain on the minions of cult worshipers when the skiesopen up and pour down upon them. There are some good effects there,even if it's obvious how the sequence was being milked for all it'sworth. THE DEVIL'S RAIN is not a good movie, but all the same it's oneof those weird horror pictures that may appeal to fans of "so badthey're good" flicks. **1/2 out of ****
Reviewed byCoventryVote: 5/10/10
Say whatever you want about "The Devil's Rain", but it undeniable hasone of the coolest and absolute creepiest opening credit sequences inthe history of horror cinema! Whilst the camera extendedly shows freakyimages of Hieronymus Bosch's grim paintings, agonizing screams ofpeople that are seemingly trapped somewhere can be heard. They'rescreaming: "Let me out of here" and those same voices play an importantpart later in the film as well. The eerie images, mixed with the eveneerier screams, result in a truly scary intro and it sets a verypromising & atmospheric tone. Too bad the film continues after thecredits and the quality level immediately sinks and keeps on sinkinguntil the end credits roll over the screen. "The Devil's Rain" probablyhas the most incoherent and muddled script any director ever had towork with. Poor Robert Fuest! None of the characters are properlyintroduced; we're literally dropped in the middle of satanic events andit's up to each viewer's personal intelligence to figure out theconnection between the different players, their backgrounds and whetheror not they're good or evil. For a good half hour, we're presented to aseries of grotesque and cheesy events that don't make the slightest bitof sense, but hey, at least they're entertaining. Ernest Borgnine isthe leader of a devil-worshiping coven and he's desperately trying torecover a book that is in the hands of the Preston family since morethan 300 years. Mark Preston (William Shatner) refuses to hand over themysterious book and thus evil Borgnine takes possession of his eyes andsoul. Meanwhile, Mark's younger brother Tom (Tom Skerritt) comes to therescue and he tries to defeat the forces of Satan by stealing theDevil's Rain; a glass urn containing the restless souls of all thepeople who joined the cult during the past 300 years. An overlongflashback taking us back to a genuine 17th Century witch burning -finally explains the motivations and fury of each and every character,but the plot only gets dumber and less menacing as it approaches thefinale. The story soon plunges into ludicrous occult ceremonies whereBorgnine transforms into a hideous goat (!) and particularly theinfamous climax needs to be seen in order to be believed, as it's onegigantic slimy and gooey melting-orgy. The make-up effects are prettydamn amusing and over-the-top disgusting, especially when the eyelessfaces start turning into sticky puddles of green hodgepodge. "TheDevil's Rain" has an impressive cast and one can't help but wonder howall these stars ended up in a trash-masterwork like this. Theirperformances, however, range from uninterested (Eddie Albert) todownright hammy (Tom Skerritt) and Ernest Borgnine overacts like as ifhe's possessed by the devil for real. Apparently, Anton LaVey, thefounder and high-priest of the actual Church of Satan, made some extramoney as the 'technical adviser' of the film. What did he do? Giveinstructions on how to sacrifice virgins to Satan without spilling toomuch blood on your garment? Advise Borgnine how to comb over his hairin order to look more like a goat? Either way you look at it, "TheDevil's Rain" is an incredibly strange and curious little film. Even inits decade of release, when horror was an experimental genre andboundaries kept on getting crossed, "The Devil's Rain" is somewhat ofan outsider. I strongly suggest every open-minded horror fanatic tocheck it out, if only to experience suspense, laughter, disbelief andutter camp all in one film!
A bunch of Satanists in the American rural landscape have terrible powers which enable them to melt their victims. However one of the children of an earlier victim vows to destroy them.