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The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971)

 -  Horror  -  January 1971 (UK)
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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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Cast overview:
Patrick Wymark ...
The Judge
Linda Hayden ...
Barry Andrews ...
Ralph Gower
Michele Dotrice ...
Margaret
Wendy Padbury ...
Anthony Ainley ...
Reverend Fallowfield
Charlotte Mitchell ...
Ellen
Tamara Ustinov ...
Rosalind Barton
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Peter Edmonton
James Hayter ...
Squire Middleton (as James Hoyter in opening credits)
Howard Goorney ...
The Doctor
Avice Landone ...
Isobel Banham (as Avice Landon)
Robin Davies ...
Mark Vespers
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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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A living nightmare of black magic... and unspeakable evil! See more »

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Horror

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January 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Aima sta nyhia tou Satana  »

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£82,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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The plot about Rosalind Barton's visit to the Vespers house was based on an original story that screenwriter Robert Wynne-Simmons wrote in college. The scene where Master Peter cuts off his hand while having a dream about being attacked was also taken from the story. 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 »

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The Doctor: How do we know, sir, what is dead? You come from the city. You cannot know the ways of the country. See... this picture. Did Ralph not describe such a countenance?
The Judge: Perhaps some such thing.
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Witchcraft and diabolic possession proceeded with astonishing terror images
15 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

This eerie film is set circa 1640, when is earthed by a farmer(Barry Andrews) a weird human remains located in an British small village. Later a farming community is haunted by the demon himself. Children and adolescents being possessed by hairy demon and becoming them into a coven of witches practicing exorcisms and witchery. The teens led by a nasty young girl(Linda Hayden)are worshipping the devil,raping,and sacrificing other young people. Meantime a judge(Patrick Wymark)investigates the rare events.

The film packs gruesome images, grisly killings, thriller and intense horror sequences. Magnificent detail period is perfectly set in 17th century. Somewhat nudism at times in charge of Lynda Hayden and pagans ceremonies. Enjoyable casting by Patrick Wymark (a role ¨Witchfinder general¨-alike), a gorgeous and erotic Linda Hayden(Taste of Dracula blood), Barry Andrews(Dracula has risen from grave), Michele Dotrice(married Edward Woodward) and Tamara Ustinov(daughter of Peter Ustinov and niece of Angela Lansbury). It's produced by Tigon, usual in terror movies and richly atmospheric in Pinewood studios. The movie displays a weird and creepy score musical by Marc Williamson.Evocative and imaginative cinematography by Dick Bush,usual Hammer films(Twins of evil,Dracula 72,When dinosaurs ruled earth). The motion picture is well directed by Piers Haggard(Venom,Quatermass conclusion). The flick no for the faint-hearted, however to be liked for horror fans.


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