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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
Barry Andrews ...
Ralph Gower
Wendy Padbury ...
Reverend Fallowfield
Charlotte Mitchell ...
Tamara Ustinov ...
Rosalind Barton
Peter Edmonton
Squire Middleton
Howard Goorney ...
The Doctor
Isobel Banham (as Avice Landon)
Robin Davies ...
Mark Vespers


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A living nightmare of black magic... and unspeakable evil! See more »




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Release Date:

January 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Aima sta nyhia tou Satana  »

Box Office


£82,000 (estimated)

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The films opening scene where Ralph plows up the skeletal remains of the 'fiend' in the field was actually the first scene to be shot of the film. See more »


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 »


The Judge: I give you His Catholic Majesty King James III, may God bless him and keep him in exile
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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Frightening and simply unforgettable British horror!
23 March 2009 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

In 1670 a British plow boy unearths strange skeletal remains while tilling a field. As it turns out it's the bones of Satan and soon the children of the village begin to practice black masses; preparing to make some murderous sacrifices to their possessor.

Blood on Satan's Claw is a profoundly eerie little horror film. It possesses such a powerful atmosphere of dread while its intriguing plot builds to some truly chilling imagery and some genuinely shocking scenes. Also there's a sexual undertone to the happenings which adds all the more to the unsettling vibes that surround this dark tale. In addition there's one disturbing rape scene and some grisly murder sequences. The film is finely directed by Piers Haggard with splendid camera work, lush locations in the English countryside, and a believably Gothic setting. The unique music score by Marc Wilkinson is terrifically creepy too.

The cast is strong in their performances. Patrick Wymark (in one of his final roles) is good as the Judge who faces down the evil. Linda Hayden is menacing as the young lady who becomes a temptress for the devil. Barry Andrews is likable as the farm hand who unearths the evil and may just become sacrifice for it. The supporting cast is solid as well.

Blood on Satan's Claw is simply a must-see for horror fans. It's outstanding film making wrapped around a haunting tale of good verses evil. Not for all tastes, but the serious horror fan will find it an unsettling and captivating gem! One of the best British horror films of the 70's.

**** out of ****

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