Eye of the Devil


Crime / Horror / Mystery

Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 58%
IMDb Rating 6.1 10 2544

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November 02, 2021 at 12:56 PM


Edward Mulhare as Jean-Claude Ibert
David Hemmings as Christian de Caray
Flora Robson as Countess Estell
John Le Mesurier as Dr. Monnet
879.84 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 35 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 8 / 10

Why is this film rated so poorly? Am I missing something?

David Niven and Deborah Kerr are cast as a French Marquis and his wife. Isn't it odd that in so many movies British actors are cast as French men and women? Seeing and hearing a few French actors in the film might have been nice, though the actors did do good jobs.

One day, quite out of the blue, the Marquis begins acting like he's hiding something and tells his wife he's going off to his family's estate in the country and doesn't know when he'll return. Kerr is naturally concerned and soon takes her kids with her and heads to the château to join Niven. Once there, it's all very, very strange and spooky--with danger and death an omnipresent cloud hovering over them.

When I signed on the IMDb to review this film, I was absolutely shocked with the very, very low rating. While 5.6 may not sound that low, on IMDb this is actually slightly lower than average (which seems to really be between 6.0 and 6.5 due to rating inflation). Considering the excellent acting, plot and direction, I just don't understand this--especially since a film with a rather similar plot (WICKER MAN--1973) is rated a full 2 points higher--and I think both films are roughly equivalent in quality--EYE OF THE DEVIL is more original and THE WICKER MAN is more suspenseful. Both are wonderful and well worth seeing--deeply atmospheric and terrifying.

The plot of this film is obviously inspired by Shirley Jackson's story, "The Lottery"--as are other films such as THE WICKER MAN and THE DARK SECRET OF HARVEST HOME. All are about either a pagan society or demonic society where they sacrifice people in order to ensure an excellent crop and make their gods happy.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 4 / 10

The Devil's Vines

David Niven and Deborah Kerr who both have been in better films star in Eye Of The Devil concerning the secrets and obligations of a certain French aristocratic family to their land and the peasants there on. Niven is of old French nobility and he married Kerr without telling her all about said obligations.

Way back maybe to Charlemagne's days one of the aristocrats in this wine producing part of France made a deal with old Scratch that a sacrifice would be made to him if the grapevines start withering and not yielding the good grapes. Ultimately the devil demands the head of the family yield himself up for the harvest.

So when Niven starts acting all mysterious and wants to head to the family estate himself, Kerr insists on taking the herself and the kids with him. She gets quite an education in satanic rights.

One thing the Eye Of The Devil does have is one consistently creepy atmosphere. But the leads really don't have much conviction. Donald Pleasance who is the village priest and in league with all the devil worship is his usual evil self. And a pair of beautiful devil worshiping twins David Hemmings and Sharon Tate are beautiful and deadly.

Niven and Kerr had looks that said they'd rather be doing something else. They're what keeps Eye Of The Devil from being a great horror classic.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 5 / 10

nothing scary

Philippe (David Niven) and Catherine de Montfaucon (Deborah Kerr) are a high class couple in the city. He is approached by a mystery man. Philippe tells his wife that he has to return to his failing vineyard in the French countryside. He returns to his castle estate and meets Pere Dominic (Donald Pleasence). Odile de Caray (Sharon Tate) and Christian (David Hemmings) are siblings at the estate. Catherine surprises everyone by bringing the kids. She discovers that they are doing some ritual and warned to leave immediately.

Somebody got a castle and married it to a story. It's most notable for Sharon Tate's first big movie role 3 years before her murder. Otherwise, it's a rather slow supernatural thriller. It's one of those horrors where everybody tells a main character to leave and she never does. It's really frustrating. She's not a stupid character but she does stupid things to service the movie. At least, it eventually figured out to separate the mother from her children so that she couldn't leave without them. It tries a little arty horror. It could have done more with the castle especially from its heights. There is nothing scary.

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