The Devils Rain
In his review of 1975s The Devils Rain, Roger Ebert, the Chicago Sun-Times film critic, said, All of this would be good silly fun if the movie werent so painfully dull. (That quote alone launched the horror film into the this is a cult classic because its so lame stratosphere.) Australian author and film reviewer Michael Adams had a slightly different take. He called the flick the ultimate cult movie. He continued: Its about a cult, has a cult following, was devised with input from a cult leader, and saw a future superstar indoctrinated into a cult hed help popularize. The cult leader he mentions is Anton LaVey, founder of the Satanic Church, who plays the devil and is credited as a consultant on the film. The future superstar is John Travolta, who was just starting as Vinnie Barbarino in Welcome Back, Kotter.
We admit the plot is a little incoherent (something about a Satanist and a family hes out to destroy in order to get a book that will give him superpowers), but theres no denying the casting was brilliant. Besides LeVey and Travolta, theres Oscar-winner Ernest Borgnine as the Satanic priest, Eddie Albert as a psychic researcher and William Shatner as a member of the family who confronts the evil priest with disastrous results. Ida Lupino and Tom Skerritt are also in the mix. Stick around for the surprise ending (even for a horror film, a slew of people melting in the rain is out of the ordinary oh, wait, did we say too much?). 8:30 p.m. Domy Books, 1709 Westheimer. For information, call 713-523-3669 or visit www.domystore.com. Free.
Mon., Oct. 4, 8:30 p.m., 2010
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