NIGHT OF THE DEVILS (1972) Reviews and overview

 

Night of the Devils is a 1972 Italian-Spanish horror feature film directed by Giorgio Ferroni.

Main cast:

Gianni Garko, Agostina Belli, Roberto Maldera, Cinzia De Carolis and Teresa Gimpera.

Plot:

A nameless delirious man (Gianni Garko) is found wandering in the woods, his mind lost in fever dreams of gruesome imagery. After admitted into a psychiatric hospital, the man flashes back to his nightmarish encounter with a backwoods family whose dynasty holds a centuries old curse. What follows is a night of unrelenting horror…

Reviews:

“A surreal, erotic and stylish Italian horror film with unforgettable imagery and electrifying music…” Fangoria

“Ferroni’s movie staggers from one explicitly gory scene to the next, zooming with abandon and repeating inserts of decomposing cadavers into what otherwise would have been a more effective sequence: Garko’s desperate flight by car through a forest pursued by a horde of creatures straight out of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968).” The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror


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Night of the Devils kicks in with one of the most attention-grabbing opening scenes in Italian horror. Gianni Garko (or Sartana to you spaghetti western types) comes stumbling out of the woods into a clearing. He passes out near a stream and wakes up in a hospital where he is being examined by doctors. During his tests, we see into his mind where he is tormented by horrific visions of rotting corpses, a woman’s face getting shot off, ghoulish figures ripping the flesh from a naked woman’s body. This sequence is spellbinding.” Cinema Somnabulist