The Devil Rides Out, 1968


Terence Fisher


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Hertfordshire: rail: Elstree & Borehamwood Station, on the St Albans line from London King's cross Thameslink or from Kentish Town

Corus Hotel Edgwarebury, Edgwarebury Lane, off Barnett Lane, Elstree (tel: 0870.609.6151)


The presence of Elstree and Borehamwood Studios has lead to this area of Hertfordshire being dubbed Avengerland. Many of the UK's famed 60s and 70s TV shows, including cult favourite The Avengers, regularly used the locale as a backdrop.

Among the many movie locations nearby are the village from the original 1960 Village of the Damned, ‘Castle Quilty’ from Stanley Kubrick's Lolita and the Victorian Gothic mansion of Vincent Price in The Abominable Dr Phibes.

There's been a film studio at Elstree since 1914. Steven Spielberg filmed the Indiana Jones trilogy at Elstree, and it was also home to the first three Star Wars movies (Episodes IV, V and VI) – the vast George Lucas Stage can be seen looming over the town of Borehamwood, while the surrounding street names (Sellers, Niven, Mason, Hawkins, Laughton...) recall a Golden Age of British cinema.

The Devil Rides Out location: Edgwarebury Hotel, Edgwarebury Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire

The Devil Rides Out location: the night in the chalk circle: Edgwarebury Hotel, Edgwarebury Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire

Hammer's ambitious filming of Dennis Wheatley's potentially scary story is hampered by a limited budget, but after sitting through CGI-swamped dreck like Jan De Bont's awful rehash of 60s classic The Haunting, its lo-tech effects begin to seem charming.

Christopher Lee, on the side of the angels for once, as an the aristocratic Duc de Richleau, is set on rescuing his friends from a devil-worshipping cult.

The conjuring of Satan was filmed in Black Park Country Park, Buckinghamshire, a familiar location bordering on the grounds of Pinewood Studios (home of the Bond movies, and Hagrid's hut in the first Harry Potter movie was built in the park).

The house of villain Mocata (one-time Blofeld Charles Gray) is High Canons, Buckettsland Lane, Well End, a couple of miles to the north of Borehamwood in Hertfordshire (another much used location seen in Hammer’s The Satanic Rites Of Dracula, Half Moon Street, Rentadick, Murder on the Orient Express and lots of TV shows). Close to Elstree-Borehamwood Studios, it’s a private house and not visible from the road.

The faux half-timbered home of Richard and Marie Eaton (Paul Eddington and Sarah Lawson), where the four characters spend the night besieged in the chalk circle, is the Corus Hotel Edgwarebury, Edgwarebury Lane, off Barnett Lane, Elstree.

Conveniently close to Elstree and Borehamwood Studios, this veteran location was also the tennis club where Ian Carmichael is embarrassed by his clunky Swiftmobile, before turning the tables on caddish Terry-Thomas in Robert Hamer’s brilliantly cynical 1960 School For Scoundrels, as well as having been seen in 1939’s Sons of the Sea, with Leslie Banks, the rather dated Agatha Christie mystery Endless Night, the 1970s black comedy Hawks, (with ER’s Anthony Edwards and Bond-to-be Timothy Dalton), Hide and Seek (1963) and the farce Not Now Comrade.

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