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Christopher Lee’s Best Movie

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Christopher Lee’s Best Movie

Based on Dennis Wheatley’s novel, the film stars Lee as Nicolas, the Duc de Richleau, a character who appeared in many other novels by Wheatley. Nicolas and Rex Van Ryn learn that a young friend, Simon, is being drawn into Satanism by a charismatic Aleister Crowley type played by Charles Gray. (Both Gray and Lee later played Bond villains.)

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Christopher Lee's best movie? 'The Devil Rides Out'?

Yes. Unequivocally, yes.

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I wholeheartedly agree, The Devil Rides Out is one of the best occult films ever made - produced by Hammer Horror, it was brilliantly directed by Terry Fisher in 1968 from the original novel by Dennis Wheatley. The monstrous spider scene was truly scary for the time, it's very reminiscent of the night during the Paris Working where Victor, safe within the Circle of the Art was nearly persuaded to break the circle and allow - was it Hermes? - to enter as described in The Vision and the Voice.

The main protagonist Mocata was clearly based on AC and was excellently acted by Charles Grey, with Christopher Lee as his foil the Duke de Richleau. I'm not going to spoil the ending, but if any of you have never seen it, it's well worth watching. Try it on a dark stormy night when you're at home alone and see if you can sleep afterwards!

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I remember coming across Christopher Lee reminiscing somewhere that he thought The Wicker Man was his favourite and most obscenely under-appreciated film he ever appeared in, also demonstrating keen interest in magickal & mythological matters.  C.L. was also unfortunately due to adverse circumstances grossly under-employed as Saruman in The Lord of the Rings, and would have brought about a bit of something extra to the Harry Potter films perhaps as Severus Snape the sinister slytherin schoolteacher present at Hogwarts.  Nor, after hamming it up for Hammer, might he have proved out of place in Carry On Screaming either (alongside Harry ‘H’ Corbett, another fine & also much under-estimated Shakespearian ac-tor).

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I believe "The Devil's Bride" (aka "The Devil Rides Out") is Lee's best film. Although the film really doesn't offer a completely accurate interpretation of Ceremonial Magick.

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Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

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My  favourite movies he was in? Devil Rides Out, Dracula, and Horror Express.

Lee himself considered The Wicker Man his best role for a long time, but more recently he said his best role, and best acting, was in Jinnah.