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Tim Kelly (story)
Christopher Wicking (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 July 1970 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A Midgrade Vincent Price Film See more (30 total) »

Cast

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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
Mickey Baker ... Rider
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)
Fred Wood ... Pall Bearer (uncredited)
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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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Rated R for violence and nudity
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USA:91 min
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Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Filming began October 20 1969, and the last Gothic horror role for Vincent Price.See more »
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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 »
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Margaret Donald:When I'm flying, I can shoot down any Christian who sees me and does not cross himself.See more »
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Referenced in Planet Terror (2007)See more »

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A Midgrade Vincent Price Film, 22 February 2011
Author: gavin6942 from United States

The film is set in Elizabethan England and revolves around a wicked magistrate who tries to kill all the members of a coven of witches. This makes the leader of the coven, Oona, sworn enemies of the lord and his family. To get revenge Oona calls up a magical servant, a "sidhe", to destroy the lord's family. The titular "cry of the banshee" is the signal that someone will die.

Vincent Price carries this film, as there are no other big name actors to speak of. Mike Mayo says he is "not at his best" but "still fine", and that is a fair assessment. But even at just "fine", Price is more enjoyable to watch than most others of his generation.

The remainder of the cast, as I said, is hardly notable. There is Stephen Rea, who was later nominated for an Oscar, appearing in his first film role (he did a couple of television appearances before that). And there is a man named Guy Pierce in a very small role, but it is not the guy you think it is.

If you are like me, and loved the opening titles, thinking they looked like something out of Monty Python... you would be right. The title sequence was designed and animated by future Python Terry Gilliam. Gilliam, of course, has gone on to do huge things, but his work here is greatly appreciated!

For some reason, there is a happy song sung by a man with a lute about a maiden who is raped by a huntsman, and then gets her revenge on him by castrating him. I do not know how to feel about this being sung as an uplifting ballad.

Overall, the film is good, but not the best. Vincent Price has better films as a witch hunter (including "Conqueror Worm") and better films in general. Still worth seeing, but do not put it at the top of your list. And do not try to find the banshee in this film, because one does not exist. Sorry.

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