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Witchcraft (1964)

Not Rated | | Horror | September 1964 (USA)
When her grave is disturbed by modern-day land developers, a 300-year-old witch is accidentally resurrected and terrorizes an English village.

Director:

Don Sharp

Writer:

Harry Spalding
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Morgan Whitlock (as Lon Chaney)
Jack Hedley ... Bill Lanier
Jill Dixon ... Tracy Lanier
Viola Keats Viola Keats ... Helen Lanier
Marie Ney Marie Ney ... Malvina Lanier
David Weston ... Todd Lanier
Diane Clare ... Amy Whitlock
Yvette Rees ... Vanessa Whitlock
Barry Linehan ... Myles Forrester
Victor Brooks Victor Brooks ... Inspector Baldwin
Marianne Stone ... Forrester's Secretary
John Dunbar John Dunbar ... Doctor
Hilda Fenemore Hilda Fenemore ... Nurse (as Hilda Fennemore)
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Storyline

Since the 17th Century when the Lanier's buried a Whitlock woman alive as a witch and took over the Whitlock estate, the Whitlocks have hungered for revenge. Against the wishes of both families, Amy Whitlock and Bill Lanier are planning on getting married. The Laniers have sent bulldozers onto the old Whitlock Estate to level the land for a construction project. Morgan Whitlock and his daughter Amy make a futile effort to stop the bulldozers that overturn headstones and churn up graves in the Whitlock Cemetery. That night, an overturned coffin opens and Vanessa Whitlock, the witch buried centuries ago, rises from the grave. Together with Morgan, they use their supernatural powers and soon, one-by-one, the Laniers meet with fatal accidents. Tracy Lanier follows Amy into the family crypt and is astonished to see Vanessa and her witches in weird supernatural rites. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

Could They Stop The Mystic Cult That Killed By The BLOOD CURSE! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brujerías See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lippert Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot in 14 days, twice the length of Lippert's U.S.-based productions. See more »

Goofs

Bill and Todd Lanier do not have a Devil Doll tied to their car when they are bewitched and almost go over the quarry cliff, even though the charm was necessary for sending Helen Lanier over the same cliff and was also needed to cause the death of Myles Forrester. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Morgan Whitlock: Stop that! This is blasphemy! Stop it! Go back! Go back, I say!
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Referenced in Pestilent City (1965) See more »

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Witchcraft (1964) ***
23 September 2007 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

A modest but good British horror film that offers a decent part for aging star Lon Chaney. There has been a feud going on between the Whitlock family and the Lanier family ever since the 17th century when the Laniers denounced young Vanessa Whitlock as a witch and buried her alive. Now in modern day England, the Laniers are part of a land developing business that is running bulldozers over the ancient Whitlock graveyard and disturbing their headstones, much to the protest of head spokesman Morgan Whitlock (Chaney). To make matters worse, Morgan's niece Amy (Diane Claire) is in love with Bill Lanier (Jack Hedley). When the tomb of Vanessa Whitlock gets accidentally desecrated, the angered witch (Yvette Rees) rises to seek vengeance by placing curses on the Laniers. It's nice to see Lon Chaney amidst this devilish action, and he adds dignity to what was one of his last good horror movies. Director Don Sharp (Hammer's KISS OF THE VAMPIRE) sets up a few eerie shots and imbues these black and white proceedings with a haunting atmosphere. This movie would make a fine double feature with HORROR HOTEL (aka "The City of the Dead"). *** out of ****


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