Thursday, January 28, 2010

"A Black Cockerel & A White Hen" - Black Mass of the Week

From one of the best Hammer horror films, The Devil Rides Out (Terence Fisher, 1968):





A film full of amazing eye close-ups -- a cross-eyed old witch, he of the sinister hypnotic gaze, Charles Gray (Rocky Horror Picture Show), a demonic Djinn with eyes like wobbling poached eggs, the pellucid, sad and vulnerable orbs of Tanith (Nike Arrighi), and the irreproachably just eyes of Christopher Lee as the cleverly-named Duc de Richleau. On the rather tame Satanic Orgy, which seems to have been choreographed by the same inspired soul who arranged the chaotic Iron Age dance routines in Norman Jewison's film of Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), Nikolas Schreck wrote (in his worthwhile book, The Satanic Screen): "Although Hammer originally planned a more appropriately erotic bacchanal, the prudish censor insisted that proper British Satanists must keep all their clothes on whilst orgying."

As a bonus, here's a clip of the deliriously dated, psychedelic credit sequence from the film:



Ever Forward!

Roman

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