The Devil’s Rain (1975)

USA,
86m
35mm film, colour, 2.35:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Robert Fuest.

Plot Summary

A middle aged man returns to his family's rural home in time to see his father die. Before he dies, however, he asks his son to deliver a book to a man who seems to be the high priest of a sinister Satanic cult. The son soon finds himself becoming embroiled in the cult's activities.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Robert Fuest
© MCMLXXV [1975] by Bryanston Distributors, Inc.
Bryanston Distributors, Inc. presents a Sandy Howard production, Released by Bryanston Distributors, Inc.
Executive Producer: Sandy Howard
Produced by: James V. Cullen, Michael S. Glick
Associate Producer: Gerald Hopman
Written by: Gabe Essoe & James Ashton and Gerald Hopman
Director of Photography: Alex Phillips Jr
Film Editor: Michael Kahn
Music Composed and Conducted: Al de Lory
Sound Mixer: Manuel Topete
Wardrobe: Carol Wenger
Makeup: The Burman's Studio
Special Effects: Clifford & Carol Wenger, Thomas Fisher, Federico Farfan
Special Photographic Effects by: Film Effects of Hollywood, Linwood G. Dunn, Don W. Weed
Production Designer: Nikita Knatz
Technical Advisor: Anton Szandor Lavey, High Priest of the Church of Satan

Cast
Ernest Borgnine (Jonathan Corbis)
Eddie Albert (Dr. Samuel Richards)
William Shatner (Mark Preston)
Keenan Wynn (Sheriff Owens)
Tom Skerritt (Tom Preston)
Joan Prather (Julie Preston)
Ida Lupino (Mrs Preston)
Woodrow Chambliss (John)
John Travolta (Danny)
Claudio Brook (preacher)
Lisa Todd (Lilith)
George Sawaya (Steve Preston)
Erika Carlson (Aaronessa Fyffe)
Tony Cortez (first captor)
Anton Lavey (High Priest)
Diane Lavey (Priscilla Corbis)
Robert Wallace (Matthew Corbis)

Alternative Titles

Apodrasi daimonon apo tin Kolasi – Greece (re-release)
A Chuva do Diabo – Brazil
The Devil's !
Devil's Rain – Verflucht in alle Ewigkeit – West German (video)
Diabelska ulewa – Poland
I djävulens klor – Sweden (video)
Djevelens regn – Norway
Fluch der Dämonen – West German bootleg version title
Hell Rain
La lluvia del diablo – Mexico, Spain
Il maligno – Italy
Nachts, wenn die Leichen schreien – Germany, West German
Nachts, wenn die Zombies schreien – West Germany (re-release)
La pluie de l'enfer – Canada (French)
La pluie du diable – Canada (French)
I satans klor – Sweden
I vrohi efere ta zombi – Greece (re-release)
I vrohi tou Diavolou – Greece
To xypnima ton nekron – Greece (re-release)
Адский дождь – Russia

Extracts included in
Top 10 Shitty Shatner Movies (2010)
42nd Street Forever! Volume 1: Horror on 42nd Street (2004)
The ‘Burbs (1989)
Casting By (2012)
Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015)
Mansfield 66/67 (2017)

References

Periodicals

  • Cinefantastique vol.4 no.4 (Winter 1976) p.28 – review
  • Cinema Retro vol.2 no.6 (Autumn 2006) pp.14-17 – illustrated interview with William Shatner (Curiosity killed the Shat… by Christian Thompson)
  • Fangoria no.188 (November 1999) p.69 – DVD review (DVD & laser spotlight by Matthew Kiernan)
  • Fangoria no.257 (October 2006) pp.84-85 – illustrated DVD review (DVD Dungeon by Scooter McCrae)
  • Halls of Horror no.27 p.20 – note
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.234 no.50 (31 January 1975) p.38 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.237 no.2 (26 June 1975) p.5 – credits
  • The Horror Elite no.3 (July 1976) pp.1-4 – article
  • International Video News June 1983 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.43 no.509 (June 1976) p.122 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Photoplay vol.27 no.3 (March 1976) pp.22-24 – article
  • Screen International no.35 (8 May 1976) p.28 – credits, synopsis, review (by Marjorie Bilbow)
  • Variety 25 June 1975 p.24 – credits, review

  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.301-302
  • The Devil on Screen: Feature Films Worldwide, 1913 Through 2000 by Charles P. Mitchell pp.101-105
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.255
  • Fright Night on Channel 9 by James Arena pp.175-176
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.103 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.96-97
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.143 – credits, review
  • The Routledge Companion to Folk Horror by Robert Edgar and Wayne Johnson (eds.) pp.66-71, 75
  • Satan in the Celluloid: 100 Satanic and Occult Horror Movies of the 1970s by P.J. Thorndyke pp.109-111