A excellent movie about the occult forces based upon a Dennis Wheatley book. Usual villain actor Christopher Lee plays a hero for a change and shines in the role. It could have been hailed as a cinematic masterpiece had it not tried to show too much of creatures and the occult forces at the end and instead kept them in the dark letting our own minds chew on the dialogue and what is implied.
Christopher Lee as a British Dr. Strange in a story mirroring the occultist craze of the late 60s / early 70s, with such well-researched information by Richard Matheson and tension created by Fisher's direction. Plus great theme and opening credits. A true work of its times, and the 666th movie I checked on Mubi.
Usually Hammer Horror movies are good for a few great scenes but this one is in incredibly consistent and crazy fun. Christopher Lee rolling up to the black mass and using a crucifix like a hand grenade to blow up Satan probably beats every other scene in cinematic history in the 'Shit just got real' department, no joke.
Like Nosferatu's fear of the outsider, Dennis Weatleys reactionary take on the 1930s finds an audience in the turbulent year of 1968. It has the feel of a Rodger Corman movie rather than a Hammer film, that might be because of the spider! The double ending was very clever. Although it still works as a horror and thriller, it's really about small c conservativism against foreign radicalism!
Not as lavish and kitsch as the usual Hammer costume movies, and a bit silly at some points (Spider?), it still benefits from a spotless direction from Terence Fisher, and a truly badass performance from Christopher Lee (I mean, the moustache & the goatee makes it all work!)
The ferocity in which this movie throws out twist after twist, turn after turn, at such relentless speed will leave you breathless. There are no moments to stop and catch one's breath, hardly a chance for explanation on the lunacy that just happened. And has there ever been an occult B-movie that was so lovingly detailed, it was as if Fisher believed all this hocus-pocus, making it all the more moving and - fun.
One of the Hammer classics. After the Horror of Dracula it is possiblly the best film they made. It benefits mainly from a suberb, rare performance from Christopher Lee as the good guy while Charles Gray makes a fantastic villain. Only the special effects let the film down otherwise it is entertaining from start to finish.
One of Hammer's most flat-out entertaining films. It's overly genteel at times, and there are some hokey special effects - but it's fast paced and imaginative, with a strong screenplay by genre great Richard Matheson, a fine central performance by Christopher Lee in a rare heroic role, and another superb score by James Bernard. A must for fans of Hammer horror.