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The Conqueror Worm (1968) More at IMDbPro »Witchfinder General (original title)


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Tom Baker (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
May 1968 (UK) See more »
The Year's Most Violent Film! [UK Theatrical] See more »
A young soldier seeks to put an end to the evils caused by a vicious witch hunter. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Simply a great film See more (133 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Vincent Price ... Matthew Hopkins

Ian Ogilvy ... Richard Marshall
Rupert Davies ... John Lowes
Hilary Heath ... Sara (as Hilary Dwyer)
Robert Russell ... John Stearne
Nicky Henson ... Swallow
Tony Selby ... Salter

Bernard Kay ... Fisherman
Godfrey James ... Webb
Michael Beint ... Captain Gordon
John Trenaman ... Harcourt (as John Treneman)
Bill Maxwell ... Gifford
Paul Ferris ... Paul (as Morris Jar)
Maggie Kimberly ... Elizabeth
Peter Haigh ... Lavenham Magistrate
Hira Talfrey ... Hanged Woman
Anne Tirard ... Old Woman (as Ann Tirard)
Peter Thomas ... Farrier
Edward Palmer ... Shepherd
David Webb ... Jailer
Lee Peters ... Sergeant
David Lyell ... Footsoldier
Alf Joint ... Sentry
Martin Terry ... Hoxne Innkeeper
Jack Lynn ... Brandeston Innkeeper
Beaufoy Milton ... Priest
Dennis Thorne ... Villager
Michael Segal ... Villager
Toby Lennon ... Old Man

Margaret Nolan ... Girl at Inn (as Maggie Nolan in closing credits)
Sally Douglas ... Girl at Inn
Donna Reading ... Girl at Inn
Patrick Wymark ... Cromwell
Wilfrid Brambell ... Master Loach (as Wilfred Brambell)
Gillian Aldam ... Young Woman in Cell (as Gillian Aldham)
Philip Waddilove ... Soldier
Derek Ware ... Boy at Hoxne Inn
John Kidd ... Magistrate
Susi Field ... Girl at Inn
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tasma Bereton ... Girl at Inn (uncredited)
David Reynolds-Lacey ... Unconcious Drunk in Tavern (uncredited)
Sandy Seagar ... Girl at Inn (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Reeves 
Writing credits
Tom Baker (screenplay) and
Michael Reeves (screenplay)

Louis M. Heyward (additional scenes)

Ronald Bassett (novel)

Edgar Allan Poe  poem "The Conqueror Worm" (uncredited)

Produced by
Louis M. Heyward .... producer
Arnold L. Miller .... producer (as Arnold Miller)
Tony Tenser .... executive producer
Philip Waddilove .... producer
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Paul Ferris 
Cinematography by
John Coquillon (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Howard Lanning 
Casting by
Freddie Vale 
Art Direction by
Jim Morahan 
Makeup Department
Dorrie Hamilton .... makeup artist (as Dore Hamilton)
Henry Montsash .... hairdresser
Production Management
Ricky Coward .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ian Goddard .... assistant director
Iain Lawrence .... assistant director
Art Department
Dennis Cantell .... construction manager
Sid Davies .... props
Freddie Harrison .... props (as Fred Harrison)
Jimmy James .... set dresser
Peter Sheilds .... assistant art director (as Peter Shields)
Andrew Low .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dennis Lanning .... dubbing editor
Paul Le Mare .... sound recordist
Hugh Strain .... sound mixer
Helena Lanning .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Roger Dicken .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerry Anstiss .... camera operator (as Gerry Anstice)
Tony Breeze .... camera assistant
Jack Dooley .... stills
Brian Elvin .... camera operator
Chris Reynolds .... camera assistant
Laurie Shane .... gaffer
Freddie Williams .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill Thompson .... wardrobe (as Jill Thomson)
Editorial Department
Marion Curren .... assistant editor
Music Department
Paul Ferris .... conductor
Kenneth V. Jones .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Kendall Schmidt .... composer: US video release (uncredited)
Other crew
Jack Daw .... publicist
Pat O'Donnell .... production secretary
Ewan Pearson .... location manager (as Euan Pearson)
Lorna Selwyn .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Witchfinder General" - UK (original title)
"Matthew Hopkins: Conqueror Worm" - USA (alternative title)
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86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Chile:(Banned) (1975 -) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2002) | Finland:(Banned) (1972) | Germany:16 (cut version) | Ireland:18 | Netherlands:16 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:18 (1970) | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:16 (1968) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (uncut) (2013) | UK:15 (video re-rating) (2007) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) (1990) (1991) (1995) (2000) (2002) (2003) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

The film takes place in 1645.See more »
Miscellaneous: The end titles conclude with the familiar, "All persons depicted... entirely fictional... any resemblance to actual persons living or dead is entirely coincidental" -  and yet not only was title character a real person, but also the film features an appearance by Oliver Cromwell!See more »
[first lines]
[United States Conqueror Worm versions]
Matthew Hopkins:[voiceover] LO! 't is a gala night/Within the lonesome latter years./An angel throng, bewinged, bedight/In veils, and drowned in tears,/Sit in a theatre to see/A play of hopes and fears,/While the orchestra breathes fitfully/The music of the spheres."
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in ParaNorman (2012)See more »


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27 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Simply a great film, 25 April 2003
Author: cfisanick from Western Pennsylvania

Most folks have already enthusiastically praised "Witchfinder General" as a masterpiece, so I have little to add in agreement. It truly is a great film because it is about important ideas--a deep, dark, existential look into the worst of the human condition. John Coquillon's cinematography is about as good as it gets, and Michael Reeves's direction is superb. But what really sets this apart is Vincent Price's performance. It is easy to overplay villainy, lapsing into parody, but Price is so calm and unaffected here that he is the very essence of pure evil incarnate, an evil corruptly justified by misguided ideals. This is a powerful film, not only relevant as a historical depiction, but also as a morality play for events in the world today. It may be cliche to say, but you'll think about "Witchfinder General" for as long as you think about movies.

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Last witch execution in England?? leenicholls500
Do you prefer the Witchfinder General or the Wicker Man? Chunky-Monkey
WHY NO DVD OR BLUE RAY???? tbeer1313
Michael Reeves was a talented director, but wretched person. fleshrequiem
Matt Hopkins - Hero or Villain? conradthibault
Great film and one of Price's most disturbing roles, but editing was meh fontroy5
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