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9. Race with the Devil (1975)

Last year with the release of Ben Wheatley’s Kill List there was a lot of talk about how much the film was influenced by The Wicker Man but I saw a lot of this 1975 film directed by Jack Starrett in there too. Basically you have two couples (Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit and Lara Parker) on a weekend excursion in their big RV and they drive to the wrong part of the country. Rather than encountering inbred mountain men, these four witness a satanic ritual sacrifice whilst camping in Colorado. With local law enforcement not believing them, the quartet find themselves menaced and terrorised by cult members who look mostly just like every day normal folk.

Like Kill List, the film gets a lot of mileage out of the feeling you get of slight paranoia every time that you are away from home as well as the creeping dread present in every day goings on present if you know where to look. Also includes some pretty great stunt work and a terrifying scene with a snake in a cupboard. Very much a film of the bleak, cynical 1970s and a film that feels like it should be considered more of a classic than it is.

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