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The Witches (1966)

 |  Horror  |  February 1967 (USA)
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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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Gwen Mayfield
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Stephanie Bax
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Alan Bax
Ann Bell ...
Ingrid Boulting ...
Linda Rigg (as Ingrid Brett)
John Collin ...
Dowsett
Michele Dotrice ...
Valerie Creek
Gwen Ffrangcon Davies ...
Granny Rigg (as Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies)
Duncan Lamont ...
Bob Curd
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Dr. Wallis
Martin Stephens ...
Ronnie Dowsett
Carmel McSharry ...
Mrs. Dowsett
Viola Keats ...
Mrs. Curd
Shelagh Fraser ...
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An English school teacher outposted in Africa has a run in with the local witch doctor and suffers a nervous breakdown. After recovering back in England she takes a job teaching in a small country town hoping to make a new start for herself. All goes well at first, until she starts to hear some disturbing stories about the town. She soon discovers the town is home to a coven of witches and they plan to sacrifice a local girl in one of their rituals. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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A STRANGER IN A TOWN THAT HAS LOST ITS MIND ...IF SHE'S NOT CAREFUL, SHE MAY LOSE HER'S TOO! See more »

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Joan Fontaine reportedly purchased the film rights to Norah Lofts' novel (written under the nom-de-plume of Peter Curtis) and brought the project to Hammer. See more »

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Referenced in Five Million Years to Earth (1967) See more »

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Hocus Pocus
28 December 2000 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Joan Fontaine plays a woman traumatized in Africa that eventually takes a teaching job in the English countryside. This is your typical Hammer fare with a pretty good story of re-provoking the trauma within Ms. Fontaine as she discovers that a coven of witches resides in her new home town. The script has some good suspenseful moments and the acting is good all around. Ms. Fontaine does a better-than-average job in her role, yet is easily upstaged by Kay Walsh, a writer friend of Ms. Fontaine's character. A fun film to watch..the end is a bit hokey but what the hey...it's the sixties!


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