Overall Rank: 4353
Average Rating: 2.8/4
# of Ratings: 19
Theatrical Release Date: 09/14/1968
Genre: Horror, Historical
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Michael Reeves
Actors: Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy, Rupert Davies, Hilary Heath, Robert Russell, Nicky Henson
Plot: Vincent Price plays Matthew Hopkins, a 17th century witch-hunter who abused his limitless power to convict and burn hundreds of innocent victims for money and power. When he uses his position to gain sexual favors from a young woman, he doesn't count on her husband, a career soldier, to cut of swathe of bloody retribution across the English countryside in search of vengeance.
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kcvidkid - wrote on 12/01/2008
It's difficult to classify this one as strictly "horror', although "historical" doesn't quite cover it, either. I would say it is mostly a historical drama with some horrific elements. Although we never see any actual witches (that we know of), the techniques used to identify, interrogate and eventually destroy those suspected of witchcraft are quite gruesome.
Moreover, I would say that the elements driving the story forward are strictly romance and action-oriented. And there is some genuine sympathy and suspense to be generated from the relationship between Richard Marshall (career soldier) and Sarah Lowes (suspected witch).
Regardless of the category, it's a well-made film with some effective direction by Michael Reeves and one of the most quietly terrifying performances that …
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