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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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Tim Kelly (story)
Christopher Wicking (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 July 1970 (USA) See more »
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  (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)
Dido Plumb ... Villager (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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Rated R for violence and nudity
USA:91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

Film debut of Stephen Rea.See more »
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 »
Lord Edward Whitman:Oona. Of course. Once I showed her mercy. I should have killed her.... Burke. I don't care how you do it - bring Oona to me.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dracula of Exarcheia (1983)See more »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Excellent period horror, 3 October 2008
Author: Prof-Hieronymos-Grost from Ireland

Lord Edward Whitman(Vincent Price) is a wicked magistrate who why while not believing in Witchcraft, delights in accusing peasants of the crime. The punishments he dishes out are not always within the law though. Working On a tip off, his men kill many within a coven of witches, the witches leader Oona swears revenge and pleads with Satan to send her an Avenger who will smite him and his family. Such an avenger is the mild mannered stable hand Roderick(Patrick Mower), who was found as a child in the woods and brought up by the Whitmans, around his neck he wears a strange and ancient medallion of unknown origin.

Gordon Hessler has a mixed filmography in Horror, this on the face of it, is a production designed to take advantage of Michael Reeves's Witchfinder General, as wonderfully hammy Vincent Price and the beautiful Hilary Heath, both return, as does DP John Coquillon, who adds oodles of atmosphere and energy with his ever moving camera which captures the location work beautifully. Hessler learnt his trade with Hitchcock and to some extent it shows in this film, he knows when and where to provide the scares. The film itself was much rewritten and Hessler found himself getting further away from the theme of the title which had already been sold as a Banshee film before filming began, but he was reigned back in by the producers, the meddling doesn't quite ruin the film but it does have a lot going on plot-wise, as a result. The witches coven send a "Sidhe" an ancient derivative of the banshee in the form of Patrick Mower, (his make up none to convincing) to kill one by one, members of the Whitman family, not all of which are bad, some are very decent people, this effective ploy is also used with the witches, making it hard to take sides or see who the really bad guys are. Fans of period Brit Horror shouldn't be disappointed, there's copious nudity and plenty of buxom wenches that make for pleasant viewing, there's also an excellent sting in the tale.

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