MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 9,369 this week

Witchcraft (1964)

Approved  |   |  Horror  |  September 1964 (USA)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 471 users  
Reviews: 20 user | 14 critic

When her grave is disturbed by modern-day land developers, a 300-year-old witch is accidentally resurrected and terrorizes an English village.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 226 titles
created 18 Dec 2010
 
a list of 55 titles
created 21 Mar 2011
 
a list of 98 titles
created 10 Mar 2014
 
a list of 29 titles
created 10 Jul 2014
 
a list of 116 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Witchcraft" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Witchcraft (1964)

Witchcraft (1964) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Witchcraft.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A skeptical college professor discovers that his wife has been practicing magic for years. Like the learned, rational fellow he is, he forces her to destroy all her magical charms and ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Hayers
Stars: Peter Wyngarde, Janet Blair, Margaret Johnston
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A gang of young people call themselves the Living Dead. They terrorize the population from their small town. After an agreement with the devil, if they kill themselves firmly believing in ... See full summary »

Director: Don Sharp
Stars: Nicky Henson, Mary Larkin, Ann Michelle
Horror | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In 1947 England, a plastic surgeon must beat a hasty retreat to France when one of his patients has ghastly problems with her surgery. Once there, he operates on a circus owner's daughter, ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Hayers
Stars: Anton Diffring, Erika Remberg, Yvonne Monlaur
The Witches (1966)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

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.

Director: Cyril Frankel
Stars: Joan Fontaine, Kay Walsh, Alec McCowen
Adventure | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In this engaging costume melodrama of skulduggery on the low seas set back in the 18th-century, the Royal Crown suspects a bit of smuggling is going on in this locale, and they send Captain... See full summary »

Director: Peter Graham Scott
Stars: Peter Cushing, Yvonne Romain, Patrick Allen
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Jonathan Drake, while attending his brother's funeral, is shocked to find the head of the deceased is missing. When his brother's skull shows up later in a locked cabinet, Drake realizes an... See full summary »

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: Eduard Franz, Valerie French, Grant Richards
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A village in Nineteenth Century Europe is at first relieved when a circus breaks through the quarantine to take the local's minds off the plague. But their troubles are only beginning as ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Young
Stars: Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters, Anthony Higgins
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

In this feature version of the Swedish TV series "13 Demon Street," a 50,000-year-old woman is found frozen in an ice field, and a man's death is foretold in dreams.

Directors: Herbert L. Strock, Curt Siodmak
Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Karen Kadler, Michael Hinn
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young coed (Nan Barlow) uses her winter vacation to research a paper on witchcraft in New England. Her professor recommends that she spend her time in a small village called Whitewood. He... See full summary »

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Patricia Jessel, Dennis Lotis, Christopher Lee
Nightmare (1964)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Janet is a young student at a private school; her nights are troubled by horrible dreams in which she sees her mother, who is in fact locked in an insane asylum, haunting her. Expelled ... See full summary »

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: David Knight, Moira Redmond, Jennie Linden
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A Victorian-age scientist returns to London with his paleontological bag-of-bones discovery from Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, when exposed to water, flesh returns to the bones ... See full summary »

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Lorna Heilbron
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In medieval Europe aging Countess Elisabeth rules harshly with the help of lover Captain Dobi. Finding that washing in the blood of young girls makes her young again she gets Dobi to start ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sasdy
Stars: Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green, Sandor Elès
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Morgan Whitlock (as Lon Chaney)
Jack Hedley ...
Bill Lanier
Jill Dixon ...
Tracy Lanier
Viola Keats ...
Helen Lanier
Marie Ney ...
Malvina Lanier
David Weston ...
Todd Lanier
Diane Clare ...
Amy Whitlock
Yvette Rees ...
Vanessa Whitlock
Barry Linehan ...
Myles Forrester
Victor Brooks ...
Inspector Baldwin
Marianne Stone ...
Forrester's Secretary
John Dunbar ...
Doctor
Hilda Fenemore ...
Nurse (as Hilda Fennemore)
Edit

Storyline

Since the 17th Century when the Lanier's buried a Whitlock woman alive as a witch and took over the Whitlock estate, the Whitlocks have hungered for revenge. Against the wishes of both families, Amy Whitlock and Bill Lanier are planning on getting married. The Laniers have sent bulldozers onto the old Whitlock Estate to level the land for a construction project. Morgan Whitlock and his daughter Amy make a futile effort to stop the bulldozers that overturn headstones and churn up graves in the Whitlock Cemetery. That night, an overturned coffin opens and Vanessa Whitlock, the witch buried centuries ago, rises from the grave. Together with Morgan, they use their supernatural powers and soon, one-by-one, the Laniers meet with fatal accidents. Tracy Lanier follows Amy into the family crypt and is astonished to see Vanessa and her witches in weird supernatural rites. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

After 300 years in the grave ... they returned to reap blood havoc! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

September 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brujería  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Double-billed with The Horror of It All (1964). See more »

Goofs

The witch is sitting in the back of Helen's car in one shot but from the view of the outside of the car the back seat is empty. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Morgan Whitlock: Stop that! This is blasphemy! Stop it! Go back! Go back, I say!
See more »

Connections

Featured in Shiver & Shudder Show (2002) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Clichéd and underwhelming, but a decent watch in spite of that
6 January 2008 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Witchcraft may not have quite enough about it to ensure it 'classic' status; but it's more than decent effort and certainly a good example of the massively overused 'witch coming back from the grave for revenge' cliché. It has to be said that the film doesn't have a lot of excitement and the story drones rather than leaps from one step to the next; but the film never gets boring either, and experienced horror director Don Sharp (who directed a number of films for Hammer as well as several other genre entries) does a good job of keeping the film interesting enough to ensure that the slow burning plot isn't too big a problem. The plot itself seems to take a bit of influence from Shakespeare's classic Romeo and Juliet and focuses on two families; at war over a century's old feud. The Laniers are accused by the Whitlock's of burying a Whitlock accused of witchcraft alive. This is not good news for Amy Whitlock and Bill Lanier, who have plans to get married. The feud is irritated further by the fact that the Laniers are planning to build on the Whitlock's cemetery...

The film's big name is the excellent Lon Chaney Jr who, while billed as the movie's big star, actually takes up more of a supporting role. However, he still manages to stand out as ever as the sinister patriarch of the Whitlock family. The film is shot in black and white and while it's clear that Witchcraft didn't have much of a budget to go on, the film does look nice and the black and white picture aids in giving Witchcraft a thick, foreboding atmosphere. The film does have a few different things going on at once, which gives it more opportunity to be interesting, though it isn't capitalised on. The Romeo and Juliet style plot is the most annoying example of this as very little is made of it. The film does lack suspense, although it does well with the mystery side of the plot and the way that the film builds up the introduction of the ancient vengeful witch is haunting and unsettling. It is true that Witchcraft is far from great and really could have been much better if more was made of it; but in spite of that, I can't dislike this film too much because it makes for a nice, relaxed viewing and I did have fun watching it.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Did this film have a introductory sequence at one stage? jemkat
I missed a little bit. so I have a questions please... (SPOLIERS!) mnpack110
Scary classic film from the 1960's jeff4711
Discuss Witchcraft (1964) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?