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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 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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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: My lord, when I heard of Ralph Gower's discovery, I was reminded of this old volume. Mock, sir, if you will. These sages had access to much wisdom.
The Judge: Doctor, witchcraft is dead and discredited. Are you bent on reviving forgotten horrors?
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A Horror Film in the Classic Tradition
8 December 2003 | by (Georgia) – See all my reviews

This 1970 British horror pic is just oozing with atmosphere. It takes place in England in the 1600s where life was harsh and the appearance of weird bones in a farmer's field sets off a chain of demonic activities when a group of farm children discover them. They then begin to worship a mysterious evil entity and start sacrificing other children to it. The music score is appropriate for the movie and there were some scenes that made my skin crawl (no pun intended). I would recommend this movie for connoisseurs of classic horror pictures where the characters don't act like total fools when confronted with evil. If you're squeamish, don't watch this in the dark.


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