Oh, Shudder. How we love thee. An unrated cut of Lair of the White Worm director Ken Russell’s film The Devils is now streaming via the horror VOD service. This marks the first time an unedited print of the film has been available in decades.
Directed by Russell, The Devils follows the rise and fall of Urbain Grandier (played by Oliver Reed), a 17th-century Roman Catholic priest executed for witchcraft following alleged possessions in Loudun, France. Alongside Reed, Vanessa Redgrave plays a sexually repressed, hunchbacked nun who finds herself at the center of the accusations against Grandier. Russell’s controversial film was partly based on the 1952 book The Devils of Loudon by Aldous Huxley and also draws inspiration from the 1960 play The Devils – which was based on Huxley’s book.
The March 15th release marks the first time the unrated cut has been widely available to U.S. audiences since its original theatrical release in 1971. It is the longest unrated existing version (109 minutes) of the film. The Devils has been largely unavailable on home video and was never released on DVD in the U.S. The last U.S. video release was on VHS and was the 103-minute R-rated cut of the film.
Check out a clip below, and then head over to Shudder to experience the glory of The Devils!