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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 #9. Posted on July 16, 2000, 05:47:35 AM by Mr. Muucs
This is late night classic! So bad it's terrible. The evil guy turning people into robed minions reminded me of both "The Omega Man" and "Phantasm". Gotta love William Shatner and Tom Skerrit's displays of stupidity. Dumb ending, what else would one expect? Worth seeing if you want to stay up late, can't sleep, or what something to watch while getting wasted.
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Reply #10. Posted on July 16, 2000, 07:48:35 AM by Tony
For all the bad acting and dialogue, this movie isn't that bad! I just saw it again on TBS right after a showing of my favorite horror movie of all time: THE EXORCIST. So you can say the Devil was out tonight! Yes its true Anton Szandor LaVey actually played a small part in the film (along with his first wife Diane) and he even provided the costumes and Satanic imagery, and also the demonic diatribes to give the movie an air of authenticity. This movie, along with other so-called "devil films" like The Brotherhood of Satan among others, is probably the best of its kind. By that I mean, for its outstanding special make-up effects! You just can't beat seeing a bunch of devil worshippers melting like they were ice cream in the sun! That one scene alone is worth seeing this movie, along with the wonderful preformance of the goatlord, Ernest Borgnine! One last little-known fact-- it was rumoured that LaVey had actually bought several members of the cast into the Church of Satan, most notably Keenan Wynn and Tom Skerrit! Don't know if this was true, but I do remember seeing old pictures of LaVey hanging out with some of these folks. It does make you wonder tho, doesn't it?
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Reply #11. Posted on August 04, 2000, 09:33:00 PM by Hungy
In response to Foy (, I'm going to have to disagree!!  I am also part of our movie night crew (I promise you all, I'm the last one... mostly) and I have to say that I LOVE movies like this simply because it's great to laugh at the celebrities and how terrible they were at this point...  Tom Skerrit was actually young too, that impressed me with the muchness.  It seems you've....... eaten....... my........ ketchup, you........ bastard, my......... ketchup!!  Ol' Billy Shatner is my hero, you can't beat that (hahahahahahaha, yes you can {just messin with j'all}).  Anyway, I'm going to have to say this is about 3 or 4 oot of 5 because of the lame celebrity cast.  It was wonderful.

The Devil's Rain
Reply #12. Posted on July 31, 2000, 01:08:23 AM by foy
I also attend the movie nights with my good friends ebolamonk and lordofheck and I must say, this movie completely sucks.  I made the awful mistake of renting this on my own just recently, and it hurt a lot.  Even the great cast couldn't save it.  On the upside, Borgnine as satan preacher/goat monster was funny at 4:00 in the morning, and the movie did have an authentic feel to it, probably due to LaVey's direct involvment.
   Bottom line, with a group or by yourself, you're in for 90 minutes of misery and suffering if you sit down with this clunker.
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Reply #13. Posted on September 21, 2000, 02:16:27 AM by ithur
IMO, this movie benefits quite a bit from both the pan-n-scan and the bad cable-TV editing; the more left to the imagination the better, at least 'til the last 10 minutes.  And the opening credits are phenomenal, too -- it's the most suspenseful 5min in the movie.

Is it scary, though?  Dunno....not in the traditional "horror" way at least, unless Satanic stuff is a personal phobia for you. For a better example of the type of "scary" this movie is, check out some Kenneth Anger flicks.

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Reply #14. Posted on September 21, 2000, 03:41:08 PM by Chad Edwards
All right, so it's not the greatest horror flick ever made, that goes without saying. It's a bit slow-moving at times and not particularly interesting, but I've seen considerably worse films in my time. The movie's director, Robert Fuest(of THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES fame) does what he can with the threadbare material, the atmosphere is fairly creepy, and any flick that unites such talents as Ernest Borgnine, Ida Lupino, William Shatner, Tom Skerritt, Keenan Wynn and serves as the debut of John Travolta definitely has something going for it!
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Reply #15. Posted on September 27, 2000, 02:24:04 AM by marlajane1
Actually saw this movie when it was first released at the drive in when I was a kid.  Scared me stupid.  I always remembered the melting faces.  Of course when I saw it later as an adult I was horrified for other reasons.  That's a damn crappy movie!!!
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Reply #16. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Canadaphile
This movie freaked me out tremendously when I was a kid.  Now it's funny, although Ernest Borgnine is scary-looking even without demon makeup.
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