Race With the Devil

Race With the Devil

DVD - 2011
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For old friends Roger and Frank and their wives, it was supposed to be the best vacation they ever had. But their RV road trip takes a deadly detour at a secluded campsite when they accidentally witness a satanic sacrifice. Now the couples are pursued by satanic cultists who are trying to end their trip for good.
Publisher: Los Angeles CA : Shout Factory, [2011]
Call Number: DVD F RACE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 02, 2015

While en route from San Antonio to Aspen for a long awaited ski vacation couples Roger and Kelly (Peter Fonda and "Dark Shadow’s" own Lara Parker) and Frank and Alice (Warren Oates, Loretta Swit) accidentally witness a satanic backwoods ritual in which a young woman is sacrificed. Pursued by the coven of devil worshipers the four travellers jump in their deluxe RV and hightail it to the nearest town where they alert the authorities. Frustrated by the local sheriff’s unwillingness to believe their story they decide to head for the nearest big city—unfortunately for them however the bible belt seems to be crawling with Satanists these days and before they reach their destination they will have to deal with a small army of diabolical cowboys intent on silencing them forever. Although the plot of this road movie-cum-occult thriller is beyond ludicrous its execution is a pure adrenaline rush with some of the best car chase sequences I’ve ever seen as well as a very convincing aside involving rattlesnakes. Using little more than a crooked smile or extended stare, director Jack Starrett continually stokes the paranoia until it appears that everyone and their uncle is in league with Beelzebub—even a brief respite at a seemingly innocent trailer park contains undertones of dark foreboding as the local hicks all but sprout horns while chugging back beer and slow dancing to tacky C&W tunes. But it is the final scenes of highway warfare between the embattled RV and a phalanx of devilish yokels driving pick-ups, tow trucks, and delivery vans that sets your pulse pounding and almost makes up for one very stupid ending. Pure drive-in movie fodder that still looks smart on the small screen.


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