Terrence Fisher directs, Richard Matheson script which means only one thing. Classic Hammer at it’s finest. A tale of black magic, devil worship, loads of chanting and robes. Mocata (Charles Gray) is taking his witchcraft a bit too far, his friends all get a bit carried away and all end up getting themselves in too deep. Debutantes. Nothing better to do. When they decide they need to sacrifice the niece of Duc de Richleau (Christopher Lee), they meet their match. Richleau and his friends come face to face with Mocata in a deadly duel of dark magic.
A fine cast (Pat Mower and Leon Greene alongside Lee and Gray) and some stunning locations, beautiful mansions and lush countryside. Making England look glorious. Being set in the 20’s gives a great excuse to use vintage cars and what’s better than a vintage car chase? A great scene. But an even better one involves a giant spider approaching Richleau as he battles evil in a magic symbolic ring. The arrival of the goat like Devil himself, in another summoning is also a highlight.
It’s a fine film, with some interesting twists and a perfect script. It’s also good to see Lee in a heroic role.