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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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The Devil's Rain
Reply #25. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Zenon
Cool movie, to have the High Priest and High Priestess of the Church of Satan in it.   Too bad they didn't have a bigger part in it.  
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Reply #26. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Shadow
I also took Latin.  it varied a lot over time, and Satanas is foreign word brought into Latin.

Rege Satanas! I take to be the Imperative: "Rule, Satan!"

It could also be an objective form of "King Satan", as in
[long live] King Satan!

This makes as much sense as Japanese Banzai! ("ten thousand years"), meaning
[may the Empereor reign] ten thousand years!  

Rege is classical Latin would be pronounced "Ray-Gay", not the soft slurred later forms that as it turned into Italian and Latin as pronounced by the catholic church.
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Reply #27. Posted on May 27, 2003, 06:19:25 PM by Shadow
A lot more images here, including Diane LaVey, a Priscilla Corbis :
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Reply #28. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Dan Lyon
Saw this years ago on a B&W tv; did'nt know it was in color !!! Ernest Borgnine is scarier than hell; I'm so glad he was'nt my Dad. Great flick, a must-have. Travolta's first movie supposedly - for the few minutes you see the goo melt on him. Ernest is in a butt-load of vicious flicks so find them & watch them. Vengeance is Mine would make a nice part of a McHale's Navy marathon.
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Reply #29. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by the decent docent
To clear that up: "kingdom of satanas" would mean "regnum satanatis" (in case the latter  is the right genitive case of "satanas") the verb-form "rege" in "rege satanas" derives from  rego 3, to rule or to reign and is the imperative I, so that "rege satanas" in correct latin means: "let satan rule", or "satan shall rule!"
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Reply #30. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by John Rinck
For those who have the DVD, please put it in and FF to the first scene inside the church.  They show a symbol of Satan which looks sort of like intertwining triangles--only they aren't triangles but thingies that look awfully similar to the logo on the shirts that the actors on Star Trek wore!  Was this an inside joke (since Shatner is in the movie), or is this really the symbol for Satan?  Maybe the logo was an inside joke on Star Trek?
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Reply #31. Posted on May 31, 2004, 05:44:54 PM by Kevin McCrary
The chase scene on foot, with Shatner running from the minions, looked like he was playing football going for a lomg touchdoen run.  It was hilarious.
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Reply #32. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Ron Harris
I taped this off of one of the Turner channels the other night.  I too saw this originally on the late night movie of the week as a child in the later 70s.  Scared the crappola out of me as well.  Tonight I shared the viewing legacy with my 10 year old son.  The cast was superb for the time as were the effects.  The story by today's standards is a bit cheezy but it still stands up quite well against movies that cost a ton more to make, ie I Know what you did last summer or Scream etc....Producers of the horror genre have gotten away from what really scares people.  I thoroughly enjoyed The Devil's Rain in the 70s and love it as much today.  Very little cursing for the most part and pretty tame by what are standards of viewing today have become.  For it's time it was cutting edge work imho..Though I am a CGI artist you can't get away from the classic way of doing things if you really want to capture your audience.  I would love to see this film remade though.  I think that more gore could be inserted and a bit better storyline could be implemented.  And definitely let Ernest relive his role.  The man is very underrated for sure.  I give this oldy but goody an 8 out of 10 vote.  Make a movie of this quality today for the budget they worked with then....and you might end up with 3 minute claymation project...if yer lucky...Kudos to TDR.
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