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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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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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Hex Marks the Spot! See more »

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Trivia

The number of the credited cast is 13, the same number as the coven of witches. 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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Connections

Referenced in Svengoolie: The Wolf Man (2008) See more »

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Better Than You Might Expect
18 August 2009 | by Harold_RobbinsSee all my reviews

When I finally caught up with it, this turned out to be a nice little mid-1960s thriller, made very much in the style of a Hammer Films production (indeed, as such it makes a suitable double-feature with the film it's paired with on DVD, DEVILS OF DARKNESS)- it makes good use of settings, has a decent script and quite adequate acting (especially a typically hammy late-career performance from Lon Chaney Jr), and evokes a very effective atmosphere of evil. What I was most surprised about (and impressed with) was the striking black-and-white photography and lighting, which really contributed to that atmosphere, particularly in its use of the reawakened witch. Definitely a fun, creepy movie for a rainy Saturday afternoon!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brujerías See more »

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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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