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Race with the Devil is a 1975 occult thriller and action film starring Peter Fonda (Easy Rider), Warren Oates (Two-Lane Blacktop), Loretta Swit (M*A*S*H) and Lara Parker (Dark Shadows). This was the second of three films Fonda and Oates would star together, including 92 in the Shade (1975) and The Hired Hand (1971). The film was a B-movie hybrid of the horror, action and car chase genres. A remake was planned in 2005, written by Drew McWeeny and Scott Swan, with Chris Moore (of Project Greenlight fame) to serve as director.

Synopsis

Roger Marsh (Peter Fonda) and Frank Stewart (Warren Oates), with their wives Kelly and Alice (Lara Parker, Loretta Swit), leave San Antoniomarker in a recreational vehicle for vacation in Coloradomarker. They decide to camp en route in a desolate area of central Texasmarker, where they witness a Satanic ritual human sacrifice. After barely escaping with their lives, they report the incident to the local sheriff (R.G. Armstrong), who investigates their report but attempts to convince the men that they probably only saw hippies killing an animal. When the men refuse to accept the sheriff's explanation, it becomes clear that he is a part of the Satanic cult. The couples agree to leave peacefully, but Roger steals a sample of dirt stained with the murder victim's blood, intent on delivering it to the authorities in Amarillomarker. As the couples head towards the city they are pursued by a steadily increasing number of cult members, who are networked throughout numerous small Texas towns. Eventually, Roger and Frank purchase a shotgun and stage a showdown with the cult members during a high speed chase that pits their RV against a convoy of trucks. The couples kill or wound all of the drivers and escape, stopping to celebrate when they pick up a radio signal coming from Amarillomarker. In the middle of their celebration, the couples hear noise outside their RV and investigate to find themselves surrounded by cult members. The film ends as the cult lights a ring of fire around the vehicle, trapping the couples inside.

Production

Race with the Devil was filmed on location in San Antoniomarker, Banderamarker and Leakey, Texasmarker. Director Jack Starrett later claimed he hired actual Satanists to serve as cult-member extras, though he probably stated this for publicity purposes. Starrett, born and raised in Refugio, Texasmarker, directed the similar B-movie action film A Small Town in Texas the following year.

Remake

A Remake of Race with the Devil was announced in 2005, with Chris Moore in talks to write and direct.

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