When you gather a cast that includes Eddie Albert, Ernest Borgnine, Keenan Wynn, Ida Lupino, Tom Skerritt and a very young John Travolta, one thing is almost certain, the Devil is involved somehow and that’s the case in The Devil’s Rain.
This is the story of some Arizona pilgrims, that’s right, these are the pilgrims that took a wrong turn following the Mayflower and instead of America’s east coast, they ended up in Arizona somehow. Well, it seems that some of these Arizona pilgrims have turned to Satan worship and the ones who haven’t decide that they need to be burned at the stake. They’ve been turned in by the wife of one of the worshippers, and she’s stolen the book that has the names, in blood, of all the people who have sold their souls to our cloven hooved friend.
Flash forward a couple of hundred years and William Shatner is living with his parents on an Arizona ranch. It turns out that Bill and his family are descendants of the original Satan traitors and they’re under a curse. That curse was placed on them by the evil Ernest Borgnine, who has been stalking the family since he was burned at the stake. Some people! You burn them at the stake once and they NEVER forgive you…go figure.
Well, in order to get to the book of names, Ernest has turned everyone in the family into eyeless followers of Old Scratch. Now all he needs is the book and he can finally turn all the souls he’s stolen over to Satan. I guess that without a contract the souls are really a finders keepers kind of a deal.
The Devil’s Rain is a typical 70s mainstream horror movie. Devil worshippers, a cast of up and coming stars mixed with those on the way down, and a few gore effects to spice things up. Is The Devil’s Rain worth dipping your feet into? I think it is, if for no other reason than to confirm for yourself that both William Shatner and Ernest Borgnine are in league with Satan. And, it also speaks alot to John Travolta’s later turn to Scientology, after being a minion of the dark one, Scientology might not seem to be such a bad decision.
So, until the next time we meet, I’ll be trying to trade my soul for Welcome Back Kotter the complete series, I mean after all, I’m not really using my soul anyway and those are great sitcoms, remember, the best movies are bad movies.