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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
Kay Walsh ...
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 ...
Mrs. Creek
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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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This is Joan Fontaine's final film before her death on December 15, 2013 at the age of 96. See more »

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After suffering a shock in Africa, young Gwen Mayfield starts working as a teacher in a small village somewhere in England. Two of her students behave rather strange, and some people in the village try to separate the two from each other. Gwen becomes curious but suffers another shock. When she returns to the village, she finally finds out why its inhabitants behave so strange: They are really witches and plan to sacrifice a girl from Gwen's class...

One of the lesser known horror movies from legendary British Hammer films, this was also Joan Fontaine's last role. It's a slow and surprisingly tame movie, but well-made and atmospheric. While it's nothing outstanding, it certainly is worth watching. The ending may be a bit of a letdown. I also liked the music score during the opening credits, and some bits of the soundtrack are really good.


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