Shudder Announces the Release of Ken Russell's Controversial Film THE DEVILS

Shudder is proud to announce the release of Ken Russell's film THE DEVILS, available today, Wednesday, March 15!  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. Shudder is thrilled to be bringing THE DEVILS back into circulation as part of their continued commitment to horror in all its forms. 

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 1960 play "The Devils" which was based on Huxley's book. 

Additional information 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 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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