The Witches (1966)
The Witches poster Rating: 5.9/10 (1,669 votes)
Director: Cyril Frankel
Writer: Nigel Kneale (screenplay), Norah Lofts (novel)
Stars: Joan Fontaine, Kay Walsh, Alec McCowen, Ann Bell
Runtime: 90 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Horror
Released: 01 Feb 1967
Plot: Following a horrifying experience with the occult in Africa, a schoolteacher moves to a small English village, only to discover that black magic resides there as well.

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    admin 9 months ago

    Surprisingly original Hammer Horror that can be seen as a precursor to later, more famous films. Although it may look hammy by some standards the structure and content of this film were clearly very influential on later films. From the Hammer stable it has an influence on “The Devil Rides Out” and, as another reviewer has stated it has much in common with Robin Hardy’s “Wicker Man” but coming seven years earlier. It is also striking how the grotesque village characters and the rituals they follow seem to be prototypes for the Satanists in “Rosemary’s Baby.” On the face of it an entertaining Hammer film which can be seen as rather ordinary on one level but a closer viewing suggests to me that this film is far more influential than it has previously been given credit for.

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