*1/2. Kerr, Niven, Hemmings, Tate, Robson and Pleasence in a turkey. Hard to believe but it's the truth. It is lucky the producers could shoot numerous scenes at the Château de Hautefort which is really photogenic. As far as the style is concerned, Jack Lee Thompson doesn't know how to create a troubling atmosphere. Furthermore, Deborah Kerr and David Niven don't seem to feel comfortable here. Almost instant crap.
Flora Robson made two very similar movies in 1967. This and 'The Shuttered Room' were about inhospitable home towns that people go back to with dire consequences. This one has two lovelies, Sharon Tate and David Hemmings, and they're both scoundrels. It goes on for a bit too long, but has an interesting ending.
A lot of sound and editing, signifying nothing. So much style to so little substance. Seeing Kerr and Niven look so far out of their depth and so ill at ease with the 60s s&m horror style and acting was punishment enough. At some points, the camera was mocking them and their "archaic" acting. As a result, I also felt embarrassed for them. The whole production is unintentionally hilarious and embarrassing.
A wonderful cast, well acted, set in a great location and yet otherwise the movie has very little else to give. For some reason it just feels like all the elements don't mix and the film feels bland as a result. Nothing particularly memorable happens and so Eye of the Devil is a good way to kill an hour and a half yet nothing more.
Excellent British Gothic horror film. Vineyard owner David Niven needs to go back to his family home because of a draught. What's really needed is a sacrifice by the Pagans. Shades of The Wicker Man. First film with the beautiful Sharon Tate and David Hemmings is especially creepy.
Serviceable English gothic chiller featuring a surprisingly distinguished cast. Framed with great visual panache by director J. Lee Thompson with some striking black and white images, but the story is pedestrian and predictable. Entertaining enough, but pales in comparison to several other similar films of the era (a couple of them also starring Deborah Kerr).