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Cry of the Banshee (1970)

R | | Horror | 22 July 1970 (USA)
In Elizabethan England, a wicked lord massacres nearly all the members of a coven of witches, earning the enmity of their leader, Oona. Oona calls up a magical servant, a "banshee", to ... See full summary »

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Lady Patricia Whitman
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Maureen Whitman (as Hilary Dwyer)
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Harry Whitman
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Sean Whitman
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Pamela Moiseiwitsch ...
Maid
Joyce Mandre ...
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Oona (as Elizabeth Bergner)
Patrick Mower ...
Roderick
Victoria Fairbrother ...
Margaret Donald (witch) (as Pamela Farbrother)
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In Elizabethan England, a wicked lord massacres nearly all the members of a coven of witches, earning the enmity of their leader, Oona. Oona calls up a magical servant, a "banshee", to destroy the lord's family. (The "banshee" of this tale bears no resemblance to the normal usage of the term!) Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Edgar Allan Poe probes new depths of TERROR!

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Rated R for violence and nudity | See all certifications »
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22 July 1970 (USA)  »

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Banshî no sakebi  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title sequence was designed and animated by future Python Terry Gilliam. See more »

Goofs

This film is set in the 16th century. But in the first scene, when the girl is branded, she opens her mouth to scream and shows a full set of teeth with amalgam fillings. See more »

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Villager: Who'd have use for a dead man's hand, Mister Mickey, sir?
Mickey: Witches, my boy. There's evil around.
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The end credits are divided into "The Establishment, "Witches", and "Villagers". See more »

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Referenced in Grindhouse (2007) See more »

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Watchable, but...
14 May 1999 | by (Newcastle, England) – See all my reviews

Certainly a watchable film, but generally just another run of the mill horror film set in the witch burning age. The usual stuff, like the dodgy lord (Price), decadent family (Price's), "ooh-arr" style peasants, and the usual sets and locations. There is more nudity here than usual, which is possibly why I stuck with it. Ahem.

The main saving grace however, is the strong performance by the ever watchable Vincent Price. Notice that both he and Peter Cushing were able to pull off these sort of roles with ease.


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