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Rated R
Copyright 1975 Bryanston Distributors Inc.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Mark Preston - William Shatner! Tries to best Corbus in a test of faith but loses and becomes an eyeless wonder.
  • Tom Preston - Tom Skerritt! He becomes involved when Mark disappears.
  • Corbus - Ernest Borgnine! High Priest of Satan on Earth, no big departure from reality there...
  • Julie Preston - Tom's woman, she's got these buggy eyes and apparently has some ESP.
  • Dr. Richards - Eddie Albert! Tom's friend and Mentor.
  • Danny - John Travolta! Cultist who you would never recognize without the credits - well maybe that chin.
  • Mrs. Preston - Matriarch of the Preston clan, her soul is demon fodder real early on.

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The Plot: 

Can you believe this cast? It's amazing! It's astounding! It scares the hell out of me! Who would have thought disco movie icon John Travolta would start out here, "Grease" was made before it but "The Devil's Rain" hit the box office first. Add Shatner to any plot with Satanists and it's going to be good, he sold something for his fame and it appears to have been the ability to speak like a regular human being.

The movie's premise is that all the characters are reincarnated forms of their ancestors who once worshipped the devil. Julie's character back then betrayed the group by stealing "the book" and they were burned at the stake. Now, years later, Corbus has risen again and only needs "the book" to secure his power.

Two reasons to see this film:
1) The cast! William Shatner, Tom Skerritt, Ernest Borgnine, John Travolta, and Eddie Albert in a goofy film about the Devil?
2) The last ten minutes of this film involves all the Satanists melting into what appears to be lime sherbet.

Though it's moderately painful, I would recommend you see this film just for the novelty of it.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • All the credits belong at a movie's beginning, accompanied by the screaming of lost souls.
  • William Shatner could overdramatize anything. Making waffles? No prob: "Got... ...make sure... ...batter, mixed... ...well."
  • Demonic rain will turn you into melted sherbert.
  • Cowboy hats look pretty gay on some people.
  • Every God-fearing man carries a shotgun into a church.
  • There's a good reason giant collars went out of style.
  • Dream sequences should be done through a serious red filter.
  • A Yamalka is about the least threatening thing you can put on the head of Satan's High Priest.
  • Satan worshipers are made of melted sherbert.
  • The Devil has a really weird looking TV and it is full of souls.
  • Don't tackle a group of thirty Satanists in hand-to-hand combat if you have a shotgun. Dumb Tom, dumb, dumb, dumb...
  • Never let a demon grab you by the forehead.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 5 mins - Man, this is bullshit, who the heck decided to lead off with the credits? Moron...
  • 7 mins - William Shatner just came in out of a monsoon but he's perfectly dry.
  • 16 mins - Now it's dry, I mean desert dry, and daylight?
  • 28 mins - Oh! A chase scene on foot!
  • 46 mins - Tom doesn't notice this guy he's holding down has no eyes until Julie points it out?
  • 56 mins - Needed a disguise so you just pulled that black robe out of your ass didn't you?
  • 61 mins - Nice, now make the gunshot match the muzzle flash.
  • 68 mins - The altar cover says, "Rege Satanas" huh? Yah man, Satan's got the ganja man...

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note devilsrain1.wav William Shatner: "Corbus!!"
Green Music Note devilsrain2.wav Julie: "I've seen churches like this in New England, it doesn't belong here."
Green Music Note devilsrain3.wav Corbus: "Martin Fife! A curse on thee and thine forevermore. I will follow thee and thy descendents for all eternity."
Green Music Note devilsrain4.wav Tom and Dr. Richards having a conversation in gibberish.

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Video Clipdevilsrain1.mpg - 2.0m
Corbus and Mark were having a contest of faith, but the latter had a little known talisman of Christianity hidden away. Faith is a .45 semi auto baby!

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Reply #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Doug Frye
This movie is funny sometimes but I agree it's really just a novelty picture. Don't look for Travolta's big debut. It's a 30 second non-speaking part with tons of make-up hiding his eyes. The best part is the faith showdown between Borgnine and Shatner. That's classic. Is Borgnine really supposed to be frightening? I kept waiting for his kids to show up to take him back to the home. 'Don't mind Grampa, he always thinks he's the devil if doesn't get his pills.'
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Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Cham
Ouch! This film hurts. John Travolta isn't recognizable. I looked for him and couldn't find him then found out that he was one of the satanists. He melts I think. It is worth seeing for the ending alone. I give it 2.5/5.
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Reply #19. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Macabre Matt
I love "The Devil's Rain", what a cast! This was actually Travolta's first film, don't blink you may just miss him!
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Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Kevin
This movie is pure evil! How can anyone say that this movie is stupid and that Borgnine does a bad performance. He was awesome and he was the perfect man for this role. He looked very sinister! This is one of the best satanic films of all time. The other actors and actresses are good too. I definately would have given this film a perfect 5. It's even good if you watch the pan and scan version and I would say that Corbis was an awesome character. The makeup was superb. I would highly recommend this film to anyone.
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Reply #21. Posted on November 02, 2001, 09:08:52 PM by J.P.
I think there are some scenes missing in the video or DVD. I saw the film at a drive in , in the Seventies. I remember a scene where you saw how William Shatner got those nice satanic symbol scars on his chest. Ernest shot flames at him to make the marks. What else is mising?
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Reply #22. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Joe
First saw this film in the fall of 1979, late night on CBS (naturally following their Late-Late Friday night rerun of The Night Stalker).
Creeped me out - this is one strange film, to say the least.
Years later, after seeing it again, I realize how amazing it was that they got such a cast in a movie like this!
Since a lot of it was shot in the desert, I halfway expected Airwolf to show up in the scene where Earnest Borgnine confronted Bill Shatner at the water-pump (and what the heck is this line supposed to mean - <Shatner, drinking water from a hand-pump well>"It's BITTER!" <Borgnine>"SWEET way to end a thirst, though!").
Shatner sure was desperate for work in the early/mid Seventies - he was also in another TV-movie where he played an ex-preist flying from London to New York on a 747 where this Druid sarcoughagus or something starts taking over the plane with evil....his career seems to have been saved by the Star Trek movies and T.J. Hooker - but I recently saw some film where he actually played himself (although his was not the main character)and ended up singing a rap song to Shakepeare's Julius Ceasar - the film was called Free Enterprise.
As for the Devil's Rain - it definately belongs on this site, as it is a truly bad movie.
Wonder if Tom Skerrit's role helped him get his roles in Alien and Picket Fences?
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Reply #23. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Michael
When Satan saw that William Shatner was involved with this "movie" even he gave it a thumbs down(or claw down... whatever)!!!!
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Reply #24. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by EvilDwarfDrago
Saw this movie when it came out on ABC on network TV in the mid 70's, I had to watch it cause I love horror movies.  Other then that I totally forgot about this bomb of a movie.
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