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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 ...
Sally Benson
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
Bryan Marshall ...
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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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Highly Influential Horror Film
25 February 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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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