Ritual of Evil

1970

Drama / Horror

179
IMDb Rating 5.7 10 163

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Belinda Montgomery as Loey Wiley
Diana Hyland as Leila Barton
Johnny Williams as Newscaster
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899.07 MB
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23.976 fps
98 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Woodyanders 8 / 10 / 10

Nifty made-for-TV horror chiller

Psychiatrist and occult expert Dr. David Sorell (smoothly played with topmost suave aplomb by Louis Jourdan) runs afoul of both black magic and a deadly satanic cult while investigating the death of a young heiress. Director Robert Day relates the enjoyable and engrossing story at a steady pace, adroitly crafts a supremely spooky mood, and makes nice use of various lovely coastal locations. The sturdy acting by the able cast helps a lot: Anne Baxter as drunken faded actress Jolene Wiley, Diana Hyland as enticing photographer Leila Barton, John McMartin as greedy and smarmy playboy Edward Bolander, Belinda Montgomery as the sweet, but willful Loey, Wilfrid Hyde-White as wise mentor Harry Snowden, Georg Stanford Brown as hip ex-junkie singer Larry Richmond, Carla Borelli as the ill-fated Aline, Regis Cordic as a hard-nosed sheriff, and Dehl Berti as concerned servant Mora. Lionel Linden's crisp cinematography makes neat use of a constantly moving camera and boasts some groovy stylistic flourishes. Billy Goldenberg's spirited shivery score hits the spine-tingling spot. A most worthwhile terror telefilm.

Reviewed by garrard 8 / 10 / 10

Psychiatrist battles a cult of satanists

Due to the ratings success of the TV-movie "Fear No Evil" a year earlier, Universal decided to bring back demon-fighting David Sorell (Louis Jourdan) and have him deal with a sinister cult of devil-worshippers among the "beautiful people" of southern California. Chief among those are Academy Award winner Anne Baxter, John McMartin, and Diana Hyland (the beloved older paramour of the then twenty-something John Travolta). Wilfred Hyde-White, Jourdan's friend from the first film, returns in this one, while "The Rookies" Georg Stanford Brown is on hand as an artist with connections to the cult. I recall that there was much uproar when the film aired because its conclusion left many viewers confused and disappointed in the resolution of the storyline. This was especially disappointing for those of us that thought the first film was so well done. Perhaps, this is the reason why there wasn't a third in the series.

Reviewed by auctionmaestra 8 / 10 / 10

One of My Favorites!

I really enjoyed this film and wish there had been more in the series. It was interesting and the ending was left open, probably so that Diana Hyland--whose chemistry with Jourdan was perfect--could come back. She was one of the best female "villains" I have ever seen on TV, because she was complex. It would have been great to see this as a series of movies. Louis Jourdan is one of the all-time great "smooth" actors. He was eminently watchable--sort of an Alain Delon without all the private "drama" going on. I miss him as an actor--miss Hyland, too--and Jourdan's "Dracula" is the best rendition ever of the roll imho. Let's agitate to bring this series back--fx or one of the premium cable channels would be a natural to sponsor, don't you think?

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