Anytime I get a chance to watch a movie that the greatest band of all time, The Misfits have done a song on I get excited. When said film stars William Shatner and Ernest Borgnie I'm really excited. The film in question is 1975's The Devil's Rain.
The film centers around the evil Satanic Priest Johnathan Corbis (played by Ernest Borgnie) he's after an evil Satanic book that when combined with The Devil's Rain (an old evil bottle filled with souls) that will grant him great power. Only one thing stands in his way. Mark Preston (William Shatner). His family has the book and he will protect it at all costs, well not really. He basically loses it to Corbis straight away.
Overacting beyond belief, bad special effects, crazy dialogue, this is one true classic, and I mean that in a good way. Reviews upon release were poor but it's a film that has found an audience with modern film fans. Look for a young John Travolta in a small part.
Anton LaVey, a Satanist in real life was actually the technical advisor on this film, which features melting satanists, goat monsters, and believe it or not a really well done twist ending.
Is this a film for everyone? No it really isn't. This is for the horror, and exploitation crowd, and yes for fans of William Shatner's overacting. I liked it quiet a bit, and for a film made in 1975 it really holds up well.
Severin Films has just released this on a fully remastered Blu-ray and it not only looks great but it's loaded with special features
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars