In big news for American viewers of Shudder, today they will be able to watch The Devils on the AMC-backed horror service. Considered one of the most controversial films of all time, the Shudder release marks not only the first time the film has been publicly available for U.S. audiences in decades, but the first time the 109-minute unrated cut has been widely available in the U.S. since the film’s original 1971 release.
Directed by Ken 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 that 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 play 1960 The Devils-which was based on Huxley’s book.
About The Devils release on Shudder:
- The March 15 release marks the first time the unrated cut has been widely available to U.S. audiences since its original theatrical release in 1971
- The release is the 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
- Also streaming on Shudder: Ken Russell’s Gothic and The Lair of the White Worm
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