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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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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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A living nightmare of black magic... and unspeakable evil! 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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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shot on a budget of £70,000. 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 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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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Unforgettably creepy period horror film
17 October 1998 | by (San Jose, Costa Rica) – See all my reviews

Set in 17th century Britain, this severely under-rated horror yarn fairly drips with a thick, creepy atmosphere that is hard to shake. The incredibly sexy Linda Hayden (here sporting bizarre, wicked eyebrows) stars as the sluttish leader of a group of children who discover, then worship, the remnants of what appears to be a demon in a farmer's field; they soon begin to perform sacrifices of other children to it. Patrick Wymark, in a fine, subtle performance, plays a Matthew Hopkins-type who puts a stop to the group's murderous shenanigans. The plot is presented in a somewhat disjointed, vague manner, especially during the disappointingly incoherent, anti-climactic finale. But the film's great strength is its amazingly real sense of place and time. Set during a remarkably superstitious period, the vividly presented characters (the acting is uniformly excellent) are in constant fear of an evil presence that palpably lurks everywhere; the film is so extremely well made that the viewer comes to share their constant dread. The end result is a stylish horror movie that is very uncomfortable to watch.


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