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The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971)

R  |   |  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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Complete credited cast:
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 CHILL-FILLED Festival of HORROR! See more »

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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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Trivia

The scene where 'Satan's skin' is cut off of Margaret was inspired by an actual event from screenwriter Robert Wynne-Simmons' childhood when a doctor performed an operation on him while he was laid out on a kitchen table. See more »

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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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Almost lurid shocker
27 December 2004 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

See this for Linda Hayden's sexually charged performance as Satan-loving teener Angel Blake, one of British Cinema's more memorable portrayals of pure evil in a petticoat.

Possessing a WITCHFINDER GENERAL-type atmosphere, helped immeasurably by Mark Wilkinson's truly beautiful score, this tale of superstition and a Satanic contagion that exhibits itself as an ugly, hairy patch on the skin (motivating alternate title SATAN'S SKIN) is evidence of solid horror-making afoot.

Patrick Wymark as the pseudo-Witchfinder anchors a mostly youthful cast who become victim to the spreading "disease".

The climax is a ballsy one for director Piers Haggard (who also helmed the taut VENOM) as he dares to portray Satan himself. It's always a risk serving up a visual absolute of a universal concept, but it works surprisingly well here because Haggard knows just how much to show.

As noted earlier, Linda Hayden is dynamite as the sexually provocative Angel and makes it easy to understand how many a fool would follow her to the depths of hell just for a taste of her own brand of heaven.

BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW, an evocative title if ever there was one, accomplishes everything it sets out to do.

It comes close to being delightfully lurid at times, and that's what gives it an edge.

Also worthy of applause is Dick Bush's striking, atmospheric cinematography.


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