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Eye of the Devil (1967)

Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 31 March 1968 (UK)
Workers employed at a French vineyard quietly follow old pagan rituals that call for the life of the marquis owner to save his crops during dry seasons.

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J. Lee Thompson

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Robin Estridge (screenplay), Dennis Murphy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Deborah Kerr ... Catherine de Montfaucon
David Niven ... Philippe de Montfaucon
Donald Pleasence ... Pere Dominic
Edward Mulhare ... Jean-Claude Ibert
Flora Robson ... Countess Estell
Emlyn Williams ... Alain de Montfaucon
Sharon Tate ... Odile de Caray
David Hemmings ... Christian de Caray
John Le Mesurier ... Dr. Monnet
Michael Miller Michael Miller ... Grandec
Donald Bisset Donald Bisset ... Rennard
Pauline Letts Pauline Letts ... Marianne
Robert Duncan Robert Duncan ... Jacques de Montfaucon
Suky Appleby Suky Appleby ... Antoinette de Montfaucon
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Storyline

Vineyard owner Marquis Philippe de Montfaucon (David Niven) is called back to his castle Bellenac because of another dry season. He asks his wife and children to remain in Paris, but they still come after him. His wife Catherine de Montfaucon (Deborah Kerr) soon discovers that her husband is acting mysteriously and that his employees are following old pagan rituals that call for the life of the Marquis to save the crops. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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This is the climax in mind-chilling terror! See more »

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Eye of the Devil See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Filmways Pictures See more »
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| (TCM print)

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Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In November 1964, Producer Martin Ransohoff announced that this would be filmed in Ireland under the title " Day of the Arrow". See more »

Quotes

Catherine de Montfaucon: What are you seeking Philippe?
Philippe de Montfaucon: Am I seeking, or am I being sought?
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Crazy Credits

The Turner print has the main title as "Eye of the Devil" but the ending credit lists the title as "13". See more »

Alternate Versions

The "Turner" print uses "Eye of the Devil" as the main title; but, the end credit lists the title as "13". This print has a running time of 95 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in Death in Hollywood (1990) See more »

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Fine if unspectacular occult suspense effort
22 October 2013 | by kannibalcorpsegrinderSee all my reviews

Returning with her husband to his château in the French countryside, a woman gradually learns of his impending desire to yield a good crop field by partaking in a pagan ritual sacrifice that puts her and her children in danger and must stop it from transpiring.

This here turned out to be quite an unusual and disappointing effort. The film's biggest issue here is the fact that there's the utterly overused angle of thinking it's creepy when people knowingly withhold information crucial to the survival of others and yet can't reveal anything, essentially being unable to stop talking about it but never saying anything. This is a common theme in numerous movies and has never worked out well since it basically keeps the movie going along but does nothing with it that hasn't been done in those other efforts, making this off to be a cliché as well as basically doing nothing for the film anyway. As well, the details of the belief that powers through this is just utterly confusing, never really making any bit of sense as to why the ceremony was adopted or what it's supposed to prove which just makes the whole effort confusing, and as well the film does seem to run on a little longer than it should, stretched out by the needless withholding of information causing unnecessary investigations that go nowhere since they're all stone-walled or dead-ends, and it's only piecing everything together at the end does this evoke any sort of terror. That said, it's still got some solid, enjoyable moments here, for the discovery in the forest mausoleum leading to the raid by the black-hooded figures is chilling, the town-hall ceremony has a few surprises and the finale employs a clever trick to really sell what's going on quite nicely. Beyond that, the eerie behavior of everyone around is quite a bit of fun and gets pretty chilling at times, especially towards the one girl who is so off that there's an unnerving atmosphere that plays into the whole secrecy surrounding the whole proceedings, making for a better film than it sounds but still not as good as it could've been.

Today's Rating/PG: Violence and children-in-danger.


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