Witchfinder General

Witchfinder General

Michael Reeves (1968)

81min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Condemned on first release as extremely bloody and sadistic, this penetrating chronicle of the social evils at large during the English Civil War from director Michael Reeves is now an acknowledged horror classic. Vincent Price plays it straight for once as the cynical religious maniac instigating torture and degradation for pleasure and profit in an intense study of pathological cruelty. With non-gratuitous violent imagery crucial to the brutal history lesson, Reeves's final work (he died of an overdose shortly after its completion) is a thematically fascinating and gruesomely incisive look at the lust for and abuse of power. Plaudits should also go to cinematographer John Coquillon, whose beautiful shots of the idyllic English countryside act as a vivid contrast to the unflinching terror that once pervaded this sceptred isle.

Summary

A lawyer callously destroys innocent lives while performing his duties as a witchfinder, earning a terrifying reputation for brutality and injustice. However, he meets his match in a courageous soldier seeking revenge on the man for having raped his betrothed. Michael Reeves' 17th-century period horror, with Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy, Rupert Davies, Patrick Wymark and Hilary Dwyer.

Cast & Crew

Matthew Hopkins Vincent Price
Richard Marshall Ian Ogilvy
John Lowes Rupert Davies
Sara Hilary Dwyer
Oliver Cromwell Patrick Wymark
John Stearne Robert Russell
Master Coach Wilfrid Brambell
Trooper Swallow Nicky Henson
Director Michael Reeves
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama