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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 #33. Posted on June 28, 2004, 07:53:51 PM by night heron
Poor john travolta imagine being in a movie this bad? i guess after being a hunk he thought that he could do it sorry
The Devil's Rain
Reply #34. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Skun
I just saw this movie after watching a genuinly creepy and moderately scary movie: The Amityville Horror. Devil's Rain was pretty hokey and the goat demon looked like a Troll Doll gone bad.

John Rinck,

Those symbols aren't triangles or Star Trek like symbols. That's supposed to represent the head of the Judas Goat. I think it's also supposed to be like an inverted Star of David.
The Devil's Rain
Reply #35. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by lostgoth13
THIS MOVIE RULES!!!  it does need to be at it's designated time, such as anytime after 1am. A true 70's classic how could you beat the casting? it has everything you would want from a super 70's movie bad sound,bad makeup and effects and best of all bad acting! at least the casting was great! at the top of my all time list. what other movie has what we all would like to do , tie william shatner to a upside down cross and offer him to satan.(but would he want him?) any movie that has anton lavey himself and ernest borgnine as a satanic high priest/goat gets my vote. a true materpiece.
The Devil's Rain
Reply #36. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by mike viger
Saw this way back in '76.  Scared the bejesus outta this 7 year old !!!  As a kid I remember being completely transfixed by this movie.  I, too, found the melting wax man at the beginning fricken scary !!!  Satan's minions jumping from the back seat of the car driven by a woman made me s**t my pants.  And the snake transformation around the guy's neck shocked me too.  Oddly enough, I don't remember the cool finale.  Must of been dragged off home before the end.  Damn !!
The Devil's Rain
Reply #37. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Michael
Saw this movie a few years back and it blew me away.  The best part would have to have been watching the opening credits and seeing travolta's name there, like he was a big time player in the film, and then watching the entire movie waiting for him to appear.  I guess his melting abilities far exceeded the other cast's, for i could come to no other conclusion as to why his name was added to the credits with such reverence.  All in all a good flick.  Stands up well against other such classics as "I Spit on Your Grave" and "Seven Doors of Death".  I only wish it were aired sometime before four in the morning.  
Re: The Devil's Rain
Reply #38. Posted on April 16, 2008, 09:18:37 AM by KYGOTC
When Satan saw that William Shatner was involved with this "movie" even he gave it a thumbs down(or claw down... whatever)!!!!

Hehe, ya know whats kinda funny? That guy's name is SHATner. Hheheh, get it? SHAT-ner!! HAHA!
Re: The Devil's Rain
Reply #39. Posted on February 14, 2009, 11:37:00 PM by Kelly
Saw this at the movies when it came out,in the 70's Hollywood had a fascination with the Devil all because of Rosemary's baby's success,and I forgive the stupid scenes because if they were smart enough to jump in a car and keep going,we wouldn't have had a movie to begin

I think this movie could be re-made and be a hit at the Box Office,after all it's not a bad movie,it's just not "It's A Wonderful Life" that you can watch every freaking year.

Ernest Borgnine was great,but he was better as Dirty Lyle in Convoy a a year or two later.

Captain Kirk being killed off and not being one of the main Devils A** Kickers at the end was a shock to me in 75,and just who the heck was this guy Tom Skerritt? "Top Gun" was almost a decade later and before that he was just a crazed War Vet in Cheech and Chong.

All in all,you can probably catch the movie on TV somewhere at least once a year,and you should see it once,but only twice if you take your medication.
Re: The Devil's Rain
Reply #40. Posted on March 28, 2009, 02:55:59 AM by annoymous
Always hope that the guys that made Mystery Science Theater 3000 would just tear this movie apart with a million Ernest Borgnine jokes and William Shatner mimics. Sadly not.
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