Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

The Devils (1971)

Directed by Ken Russell

Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Dudley Sutton, Max Adrian

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Holy shit. This is one pretty fucked up movie. I mean, this movie is fucking nasty. So crazy and grotesque that it’s scary, nauseating, and funny at the same time. Bad date movie.

I can see how, with quite a bit of toning down, it might have led to The Exorcist. This one’s even more grotesque, though. When you think about it though, there’s not really much of a story. I don’t know if it was dumb, slow, or just unappealing. It gets the rating because of its sheer weirdness.

Nice intro, and a pretty cool ending. Great sets and location shooting. I’ve never seen so many naked women dancing around in a movie before. The torture scene reminded me a bit of Braveheart. We even got to see a girl masturbating and liquid-filled dildos. This film was rated X back then. The church, predictably and for good reason, went crazy with this film. Even by today’s standards, this film is borderline. It would never be released commercially today.

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