Cinema: Heck on Wheels

RACE WITH THE DEVIL

Directed by JACK STARRETT

Screenplay by WES BISHOP and LEE FROST

How does Peter Fonda get himself into these things? He and his buddy Warren Gates—reunited again after Fonda's own The Hired Hand (1971) —appear as vacationers run afoul of witchcraft out in the Texas boonies. Members of a cult that plays footsie with Satan dress up in hooded sheets and build a bonfire near a gnarled old tree. Then they get right down to business and sacrifice a victim. This gives the boys across the ravine—Fonda and Gates—a mighty eyeful and a good scare. They climb back aboard...

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