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The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971)

R | | Horror | January 1971 (UK)
Horror thriller set in 17th century England about the children of a village slowly converting into a coven of devil worshipers.

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Complete credited cast:
Patrick Wymark ...
The Judge
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Barry Andrews ...
Ralph Gower
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Margaret
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Reverend Fallowfield
Charlotte Mitchell ...
Ellen
Tamara Ustinov ...
Rosalind Barton
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Peter Edmonton
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Squire Middleton
Howard Goorney ...
The Doctor
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Isobel Banham (as Avice Landon)
Robin Davies ...
Mark Vespers
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Storyline

In the XVIII Century, in the countryside of England, the landsman Ralph Gower finds a skull with one eye and fur on the field. He summons the local judge to see his finding but it has disappeared. Meanwhile the local Peter Edmonton brings his fiancée Rosalind Barton to his aunt's house to marry her on the next day. However during the night Rosalind becomes insane and in the morning she is sent to an asylum and Peter sees a claw that has replaced her hand. Then Peter wakes up with a claw attacking him and he cuts it out, but he finds that he has hacked down his own hand. The local children have a strange behavior under the command of Angel Blake and they rape and kill others. In common, they have a strange fur on their skin. The judge returns from London and concludes that evil has possessed the children. What will he and his search party do? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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January 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Aima sta nyhia tou Satana  »

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Budget:

£82,000 (estimated)
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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The production was contractually obliged to cast Linda Hayden. See more »

Goofs

There are two spelling errors in the opening titles: the production company is called Tigron instead of Tigon (in the copyright notice beneath the main title), and screen veteran James Hayter is billed as James Hoyter. See more »

Quotes

The Judge: Ralph here claims he discovered a deformed anatomy in those furrows. Knew you any such?
Reverend Fallowfield: Not since Meg Parsons died. But strange folk have been seen to pass this way from time to time.
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Better than Witchfinder General!
21 September 1998 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Quite simply, 'Blood On Satan's Claw' is the finest horror film produced in Britain in the Seventies. Haunting, horrific and hopelessly compelling it deserves far greater recognition than it currently warrants. Linda Hayden, the most talented actress working in British exploitation films at the time, delivers her finest performance in the film, and it is one light years ahead of the standard in the genre. Patrick Wymark, in his last film role, is also excellent, and music, direction and art direction are all of an exceptionally high standard. Interestingly, the film was shot as 'The Devil's Touch', and originally released late in 1970 as 'Satan's Skin'. For some reason business wasn't too good and it was rereleased the following year on a more succesful double bill with 'The Beast In The Cellar'. Don't miss it!


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