Race With The Devil (Action/Thriller) [Movie/Review]


Year: 1975
Genre: Action/Thriller
Source: DVD (Anchor Bay Entertainment)

Two couples take off for Colorado in a recreational vehicle, looking forward to some skiing and dirt biking. While camping off track, they witness a Satanic ritual sacrifice, but the local sheriff finds no evidence to support their claims and urges them to continue on their vacation. On the way, however, they find themselves repeatedly attacked by cult members, and they take measures to defend themselves.

I really love this movie, great action and suspense. Awesome opening 30 minutes when they discover the Satanic cult and gets chased. Then the pacing is more like most 1970’s movies, with things that proberly would be cut out if made today.

The atmospheric scene with a paranoid Kelly (Laura Parker) at the swimingpool is fantastic. Warren Oates as Frank is amazing, He’s one of my all-time favourite 1970’s actor, but unfortunatly passed away to early in 1982 only 53 years old. Then in the third act, things start to move again, and we get more or less non stop action when they decide to defend themselves instead of just running away. Peter Fonda and Loretta Swit also have solid performances.

I don’t get why people don’t talk about this movie more, it’s definitely on my top 10 action movies from the 1970’s. Could it be because of the ending?

I watched the Anchor Bay Entertainment DVD edition and it has a really good picture quality (1.85:1 Anamorphic) and I just loooove the cover of the DVD. We also get audio commentary by executive producer Paul Maslansky and actress Lara Parker, moderated by Perry Martin. Without the standard theatrical trailer and still gallery we also have the “Hell on Wheels” featurette (17:52). According to DVDcompare this is the best version out there on DVD. Shout factory have released it as a double bill on Blu-ray, but I personally don’t like this 2-on-1 releases so I’m holding off for it to be released on it’s own.

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