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Eye of the Devil

1967 1h 32m Horror List
Reviews 56% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
A French winegrower (David Niven) returns to Bordeaux with his wife (Deborah Kerr) and family to face ritual sacrifice for another bad year. Read More Read Less
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Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Given the director and that cast, this should have been much better. Rated: 2/4 Oct 29, 2021 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews More atmospheric and gloomy than suspenseful. Rated: B- Nov 11, 2020 Full Review Penelope Houston The Spectator The movie commits a kind of screen harakiri, flinging 'itself upon its own absurdities. Jul 12, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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dave s When wealthy landowner Philippe (David Niven) returns to his vineyard in Bordeaux to address the failure of his crop, he is covertly followed by his wife (Deborah Kerr) and their two children. Much to her surprise, she soon discovers that her husband is to be the guest of honor at an age-old ceremony of human sacrifice. The premise of Eye of the Devil is fine, but the movie is maddeningly inconsistent throughout. There are individual shots that are wildly effective – a woman walking through the mansion, the shot perfectly framed and eerily lit, creating a genuinely creepy atmosphere. However, these moments are often immediately followed by something that looks like it was shot by a child with a dusty 8mm camera found in their grandfather's attic. Another inconsistency – Kerr is excellent in the lead role, but the rest of the cast walk about in some sort of zombie-state, shuffling about with unblinking eyes. Eye of the Devil isn't all bad, but it's mostly bad. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Fantastic film! Characters are so strong, even those that fall into the grey area between good or evil are so charismatic that you find yourself rooting for them. This is a 1967 Occult film that doesn't need to try, as good as the 1973 Wicker Man ? Better I think, just watch it please :) Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Tom M Suspenseful, creepy and completely silly with an ending that is so dissappointing. Kerr is the only one who acts in the film - the remainder of the cast just walks around with vacant stares (Pleasance and Hemmings provide the creepiness). One critic described Tate's debut as 'chillingly beautiful but expressionless'. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/04/21 Full Review joe m I'm a fan of hooey-rific, supernatural based movies and "Eye of the Devil" delivers on a lot of those elements, but doesn't quite pull it off. There's no reason to worry about spoiler alerts since the movie is practically shouting out from every scene what's to be expected. As a result, the film is totally lacking in any elements of suspense. Some of this is made up for in the rather convoluted plot about an ancient family's pagan roots - an element I loved - and by the spectacular Parisian apartment set and the stunning chateau used for most of the scens. But, that's just not enough. "Eye of the Devil" is ok, and just ok, if this is a genre you like. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Lee W Deeply labored. Sharon Tate can really act though. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 10/11/19 Full Review Audience Member Dated but worth a 'look'.... Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A French winegrower (David Niven) returns to Bordeaux with his wife (Deborah Kerr) and family to face ritual sacrifice for another bad year.
Director
J. Lee Thompson
Producer
Martin Ransohoff
Production Co
Filmways Pictures
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2012
Runtime
1h 32m
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