Blu-ray Review: THE DEVIL’S RAIN

THE DEVIL’S RAIN! was directed by Robert Fuest from a screenplay by Gabe Essoe, Gerald Hopman & James Ashton and stars Ernest Borgnine, William Shatner, Eddie Albert, Keenan Wynn, Tom Skerritt, John Travolta and Ida Lupino.

Take an all-star cast including William Shatner, Ernest Borgnine, Eddie Albert, Keenan Wynn, Tom Skerritt, Ida Lupino and even John Travolta in his movie debut at their most hellishly over-the- top. Add one of the most visually inventive filmmakers of the era director Robert Fuest, of THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES fame and thrust them into an insane tale of rural occult carnage, featuring Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey as Technical Advisor. Watch in infernal awe as it all hurtles towards the most eye-popping, flesh-melting finale in grindhouse history. Now experience this devilishly infamous classic as you’ve never seen or heard it before, restored in HD for the first time ever and oozing with all-new Extras approved by Lucifer himself!

The Devil’s Rain follows the Prestons, a family that betrayed Satanic priest Jonathan Corbis (Ernest Borgnine) centuries ago so he put a curse on them and their descendants. There’s a book that this family has been guarding from this sinister threat and when he’s able to murder the family’s patriarch, his son Mark Preston (William Shatner) takes the fight to Corbis but he comes up a little short in his battle and falls under a spell of the evil priest and joins his cult. This is when Mark’s older brother Tom (Tom Skerritt), his wife Julie (Joan Prather) and Dr. Sam Richards (Eddie Albert) go up against Corbis in the ultimate battle to try and stop his evil plan.

For some strange reason Corbis is able to transform into a terrifying Satanic goat-like being during this epic battle over the book. During the battle, Tom, Julie and Dr. Richards are able to take possession of “The Devil’s Rain” which contains the souls of Corbis’ disciples and they ultimately free the imprisoned souls as the rest of the Satanists are left to melt away in the rain. It’s Mark who is the one that ends up freeing all the souls and shows that he still has some good left in him before he starts melting away with the rest of the cult. In the end, Tom and Julie think they have won the battle and saved the day, but a new twist is introduced in the final moments.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. You can see it down below. The Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The film has been given a brand new 2K scan by Severin Films. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition upgrade were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this pristine Blu-ray release.

Bottom line is, The Devil’s Rain was another first time watch for me and it was a really interesting one too, for a number of reasons. Even though the messy story is easily the weakest link about this supernatural horror movie, it’s still a really entertaining watch. The viewer gets left out in the cold about what all is going on here because of the plot holes throughout the movie, but after doing a little research I watched it again and liked it even more the second time around. It’s all about the family that’s been hiding this book from a sinister priest for centuries.  Even though director Robert Fuest failed miserably with this movie, it’s the amazing cast and impressive special effects that help bail it out and make it such cheesy fun watch. I’d put it in the category of  “it’s so bad, it’s good” if that helps you out any. The Devil’s Rain is now available on Blu-ray from Severin Films and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Severin Films

Run Time: 86 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1) / Region Free

Blu-ray Audio: English, French and Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! The impressive list of extras include some audio commentary, a number of old and new interviews, image galleries, TV spots and theatrical trailer.

  • Audio Commentary With Director Robert Fuest
  • Confessions Of Tom – Interview With Actor Tom Skerritt (10:59)
  • The Devil’s Makeup – Interview With Special FX Artist Tom Burman (05:05)
  • 1975 Archive Interview With Actor William Shatner (03:47)
  • First Stop Durango – Interview With Script Supervisor Ana Maria Quintana (14:47)
  • Consulting with the Devil – A Conversation with the High Priest & High Priestess of the Church of Satan (10:17)
  • Hail Satan! – Interview With Anton LaVey Biographer Blanche Barton (08:04)
  • Filmmaker / Horror Collector Daniel Roebuck On The Devil’s Rain (10:33)
  • On Set Polaroid Gallery Of Script Supervisor Ana Maria Quintana Accompanied By Radio Spots (07:57)
  • Poster/Still Gallery (07:48)
  • TV Spots (01:33)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:46)

 

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