The Devil Rides Out (1968)

UK, USA, 1967
35mm, Technicolor, 1.66:1
mono, English

A British/American horror film directed by Terence Fisher. It was the first of three adaptations of Dennis Wheatley novels made by Hammer Film Productions, the others being The Lost Continent (1968) and To the Devil a Daughter (1976).

Plot Summary

The Duc de Richleau discovers that the astronomical society run by his protege Simon is a front for a devil-worshipping cult led by Mocata, a powerful and charismatic Satanist. The Duc, aided by Rex Van Ryn, battle to save both Simon and another young initiate, Tanith, from the Satanists and the terrifying apparitions conjured up by Mocata.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Terence Fisher
© MCMLXVII [1967] Hammer Film Productions Limited
A Hammer Film production [opening credits] A Seven Arts-Hammer Film production [closing credits]. Distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Produced by: Anthony Nelson Keys
Production Manager: Ian Lewis
Screenplay by: Richard Matheson
From the classic novel by Dennis Wheatley
Assistant Director: Bert Batt
Continuity: June Randall
Director of Photography: Arthur Grant
Camera Operator: Moray Grant
Supervising Editor: James Needs
Editor: Spencer Reeve
Music Composed by: James Bernard
Musical Supervisor: Philip Martell
Sound Recordist: Ken Rawkins
Sound Editor: Arthur Cox
Recording Supervisor: A.W. Lumkin
RCA Sound Recording
Wardrobe Supervisor: Rosemary Burrows
Wardrobe Mistress: Janet Lucas
Make-up: Eddie Knight
Hair Stylist: Pat McDermott
Baphomet Make-up: Roy Ashton *
Special Effects: Michael Stainer-Hutchins
Supervising Art Director: Bernard Robinson
Choreographer: David Toguri
Made at the Elstree Studios of Associated British Productions Limited, Boreham Wood, Herts, England
Locations: Black Park Country Park, Buckinghamshire, England, UK *
Stunt Co-Ordinator: Eddie Powell *
Stunt Driver: Mike Reid *
Casting: Irene Lamb

Christopher Lee (Duc de Richeleau)
Charles Gray (Mocata)
Niké Arrighi (Tanith)
Leon Greene (Rex)
Patrick Mower (Simon)
Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies (Countess)
Sarah Lawson (Marie)
Paul Eddington (Richard)
Rosalyn Landor (Peggy)
Russell Waters (Malin)
Yemi Ajibade [African – uncredited]
Patrick Allen [voice of Rex – uncredited]
Liane Aukin, John Falconer, Anne Godley, Richard Scott, Peter Swanwick, Bert Vivian [Satanists – uncredited]
John Bown [receptionist – uncredited]
Richard Huggett *
Ahmed Khalil [Indian – uncredited]
Willie Payne [servant – uncredited]
Eddie Powell [The Goat of Mendes – uncredited]
Keith Pyott [Max – uncredited]
Mohan Singh *
Zoe Starr [Indian girl – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

Die Braut des Teufels – Germany
The Devil’s Bride – USA
La novia del diablo – Spain
Les vierges de Satan – France

Extracts included in
The Many Faces of Christopher Lee (1996)
The World of Hammer: Hammer Stars: Christopher Lee (1994)



  • Cult Movies no.14 p.8 – review
  • The Daily Cinema no.8871 (3-4 February 1964) p.5 – note (Dennis Wheatley films for Hammer)
  • The Daily Cinema no.9524 (22 May 1968) p.7 – review
  • The Dark Side August 1995 p.15 – review
  • Dark Terrors no.1 (January 1992) pp.5-7 – illustrated credits, synopsis, article
  • Dark Terrors no.3 p.16 – note
  • Dark Terrors 11 p.47 – review
  • Dark Terrors no.17 (2000) pp.45-46 – illustrated video review
  • Empire June 1999 p.150 – review (by Kim Newman)
  • Fangoria no.197 (October 2000) p.63 – DVD review
  • The House That Hammer Built no.6 (December 1997) pp.328-334 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The House That Hammer Built no.10 (October 1998) pp.91-106 – illustrated article
  • Kine Weekly no.3163 (25 May 1968) p.9 – review
  • Little Shoppe of Horrors no.12 (April 1994) pp.38-53 – illustrated credits, production notes (The Devil Rides Out by Bruce G. Hallenbeck)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.35 no.414 (July 1968) p.102 – credits
  • Radio Times 17-30 December 1983 p.15 – review
  • Radio Times 29 August-4 September 1987 pp.19, 23 – review, credits
  • Sight & Sound vol.3 no.12 (December 1993) p.60 – note
  • Starburst no.217 (September 1996) p.26 – illustrated short article
  • Variety 12 June 1968 p.26 – credits, review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.188-189
  • British National Film Catalogue vol.6 (1968) – credits, synopsis
  • The Charm of Evil: The Life and Films of Terence Fisher by Wheeler Winston Dixon pp.5, 18, 297, 323, 436-444; 541-542 – notes; credits
  • The Christopher Lee Filmography by Tom Johnson and Mark A. Miller pp.175-178
  • Classic Horror Films and the Literature That Inspired Them by Ron Backer pp.317-320
  • The Cult Films of Christopher Lee by Jonathan Sothcott pp.119-125
  • The Devil on Screen: Feature Films Worldwide, 1913 Through 2000 by Charles P. Mitchell pp.75-77
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.129, 137, 170, 172, 174-75, 175, 252
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.201, 281
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.103
  • The Films of Christopher Lee by Robert W. Pohle Jr and Douglas C. Hart pp.120-122
  • Good Versus Evil in the Films of Christopher Lee by Paul Leggett pp.87-93; 168
  • Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company by Howard Maxford pp.198-202 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The Hammer Story by Marcus Hearn and Alan Barnes pp.120-121, 179 – illustrated article, review (by Marcus Hearn, Alan Barnes), credits
  • Hoffman’s Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.102 – credits, review
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.142 – credits, review
  • Kine Yearbook 1969 p.111
  • Lord of Misrule (new edition) by Christopher Lee pp.227, 306
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.98 – credits
  • Richard Matheson on Screen: A History of the Filmed Works by Matthew R. Bradley pp.130-137
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.141-143
  • Terence Fisher by Peter Hutchings pp.10, 36, 91, 124, 144, 148-153, 154, 164 – notes
  • Terence Fisher: Horror, Myth and Religion by Paul Leggett pp.95-101, 118, 149, 154-155, 174, 185 – notes
  • Top 100 Horror Movies by Gary Gerani pp.14-15 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.75-76
  • World Filmography 1968 pp.198-199
  • The World of Fantasy Films by Richard Myers p.36