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Director:
Writers:
Tom Baker (screenplay) and
Michael Reeves (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
May 1968 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Year's Most Violent Film! [UK Theatrical] See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

  (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
Kendall Schmidt .... composer: US video release
Kenneth V. Jones .... composer: additional music (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:
"Conqueror Worm" - USA (alternative title)
"Matthew Hopkins: Conqueror Worm" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
86 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R | 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?

Trivia:
Director Michael Reeves wanted Donald Pleasence to play Matthew Hopkins, but AIP, the American distributor and co-financier of the film, insisted that Vincent Price play the title character, and Reeves grudgingly accepted.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Before Richard hits the innkeeper in the stomach, the bulge of the padding under the man's shirt is clearly visible.See more »
Quotes:
[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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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
witch hunts, 25 October 2005
Author: Lee Eisenberg (lee.eisenberg.pdx@gmail.com) from Portland, Oregon, USA

Like "The Devils", "Witchfinder General" (also called "The Conqueror Worm") is likely to disturb a lot of people through it's portrayals of witch hunts. This one portrays England during its civil war in the 1640s. With the people paranoid enough to accept anyone, puritan Matthew Hopkins (Vincent Price) goes around coercing witchcraft confessions out of women, and summarily executing them in the most vicious ways possible.

Things get ugly when Hopkins targets priest John Lowes (Rupert Davies). You see, Lowes' niece Sarah (Hilary Dwyer) is engaged to Cromwell soldier Richard Marshall (Ian Ogilvy). And Marshall may have a heart of gold, but he will go to any length to protect his beloved. And I mean ANY LENGTH.

Vincent Price was always a trustworthy horror star, and this movie doesn't disappoint. It's certainly worth seeing, but you might want to avoid it if you have a weak stomach.

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