Domesticated On Arrival: “Devils of Darkness” (1965)

WHAT’S A NICE GIRL LIKE YOU DOING IN A COFFIN LIKE THIS?: Victim of an unfortunate supernatural interruption of her nuptials, lovely Gypsy girl Tania (Carole Gray) enjoys a brief respite before her resurrection into an eternity of undead mischief in “Devils of Darkness”

      “Devils of Darkness” (1965)

    Lance Comfort’s “Devils of Darkness” is a strange amalgam of vampirism and Satanic cult worshipping, both staples of post-Hammer British horror films, though here combined in an awkward brew which appears to regard the combining of disparate genre elements as an evolutionary step rather than an attempt to disguise tropes which have become fatigued through overuse.

    This colorful production has all of the earmarks of Hammer productions which have done much to advance the odd suggestion that contemporary citizens of England are perpetually engaged in a constant struggle against the pernicious influence of continental European nations who have somehow become locked in the traditions of sixteenth century ritual barbarism. 

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5 Responses to Domesticated On Arrival: “Devils of Darkness” (1965)

  1. beetleypete says:

    One I have actually seen! Mind you, it was so long ago, I only remember William Sylvester.
    He was solid, very believable in his role, and very popular in the UK too.
    Best wishes, Bill Sylvester jr.

    • Approval? (Who are you??) I think Sylvester has become underappreciated since his “designed to be banal” appearance in “2001” where, frankly, he gave the most
      interesting performance of the humans.
      – Tweety Bird

  2. johnrieber says:

    I am gearing up for Shocktober where I will highlight one great performance each day in a horror film – this is exactly the kind of “vintage” cult film that deserves attention…thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks for the comment. It helps me feel that I am not wasting the waking hours sitting through these movies. Can’t wait until Shocktober!

      • johnrieber says:

        I find it just as fun sometimes to suffer through a truly bad film, because when you look up the context or history of what happened at the time, the story can sometimes be fascinating! “The Disaster Artist” book on the making of “The Room” makes that film a must re-watch!

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