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Cry of the Banshee -- 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.

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Director:
Writers:
Tim Kelly (story)
Christopher Wicking (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 July 1970 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Edgar Allan Poe probes new depths of TERROR!
Plot:
In Elizabethan England, a wicked lord massacres nearly all the members of a coven of witches, earning the enmity of their leader... See more » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Watchable, but... See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Vincent Price ... Lord Edward Whitman
Essy Persson ... Lady Patricia Whitman
Hilary Heath ... Maureen Whitman (as Hilary Dwyer)
Carl Rigg ... Harry Whitman

Stephan Chase ... Sean Whitman
Marshall Jones ... Father Tom
Andrew McCulloch ... Bully Boy

Michael Elphick ... Burke
Pamela Moiseiwitsch ... Maid
Joyce Mandre ... Party Guest
Robert Hutton ... Party Guest
Guy Deghy ... Party Guest

Elisabeth Bergner ... Oona (as Elizabeth Bergner)
Patrick Mower ... Roderick
Victoria Fairbrother ... Margaret Donald (witch) (as Pamela Farbrother)
Quinn O'Hara ... Maggie - witch
Jane Deady ... Naked Girl

Hugh Griffith ... Mickey
Jan Rossini ... Bess
Sally Geeson ... Sarah
Godfrey James ... Head Villager
Gertan Klauber ... Tavern Keeper
Peter Benson ... Brander
Richard Everett ... Timothy

Louis Selwyn ... Apprentice
Micky Baker ... Rider (as Mickey Baker)
Carol Desmond ... Girl
Ann Barrass ... Elga
Nancy Meckler ... Villager
Hugh Portnow ... Villager

Stephen Rea ... Villager
Maurice Colbourne ... Villager
Dinah Stabb ... Villager
Tony Sibbald ... Villager
Neil Johnston ... Villager
Rowan Wylie ... Villager
Tim Thomas ... Villager
Ron Sahewk ... Villager
Maya Roth ... Villager
Philippa Howell ... Villager (as Philly Howell)
Guy Pierce ... Villager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Fielder ... Militia Man (uncredited)
Terry Martin ... Villager (uncredited)
George Oliver ... Pallbearer (uncredited)
John Tatum ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Pall Bearer (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Hessler 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tim Kelly  story
Christopher Wicking  screenplay

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... producer
Gordon Hessler .... executive producer
Gordon Hessler .... producer
Louis M. Heyward .... executive producer
Louis M. Heyward .... producer
Clifford Parkes .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Les Baxter 
 
Cinematography by
John Coquillon 
 
Film Editing by
Oswald Hafenrichter 
 
Production Design by
George Provis 
 
Art Direction by
George Provis 
 
Set Decoration by
Scott Slimon 
 
Makeup Department
Betty Blattner .... makeup artist
Ivy Emmerton .... hair stylist
Tom Smith .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ariel Levy .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Barry Wilkinson .... props
 
Sound Department
Peter Lodge .... I.C. Mixer
Michael P. Redbourn .... sound effects editor
Kevin Sutton .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Bloor .... electrician
Les Young .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dora Lloyd .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Ean Wood .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Les Baxter .... conductor
Philip Martell .... conductor: original version
 
Other crew
Zelda Barron .... continuity
Terry Gilliam .... title designer
Lynda Levy .... assistant to producer
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for violence and nudity
Runtime:
USA:91 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Trivia:
According to Gordon Hessler in his interview on the DVD version of this movie, the whole film was shot "at the mansion of Gilbert and Sullivan" - that is, of Arthur Sullivan and William S. Gilbert. As they did not live together, he is probably referring to the country residence of W.S. Gilbert.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
Lord Edward Whitman:[proudly, to his sons] You may have heard that they think of me as some kind of monster in the village.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Witches (1996) (V)See more »

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Watchable, but..., 14 May 1999
Author: John Firth (johnafirth@gmail.com) from Newcastle, England

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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