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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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Hex Marks the Spot! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brujería 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

At 16:32, during the reveal of witch Vanessa Whitlock, a skull face is briefly superimposed over her face. See more »

Goofs

Although Inspector Baldwin makes a point of showing the Laniers the Devil Doll found at Myles Forrester's office after his death, he later makes no mention of the Devil Doll tied to Helen Lanier's car after her crash despite telling Bill Lanier that he had examined the scene thoroughly. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Morgan Whitlock: Stop that! This is blasphemy! Stop it! Go back! Go back, I say!
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Desecrated tombs, family feuds, hypnotizing witches AND Lon Chaney Jr… Hell yeah!
6 October 2014 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

In all honesty "Witchcraft" is just an average British horror accomplishment from the sixties, but I'm slightly biased and overenthusiastic because I'm a big admirer of the subject matter (witchery and family curses), the director (Don Sharp also made "Psychomania", "Dark Places" and many other overlooked genre movies) and the notorious cool guy who receives top billing even though he only sporadically appears in the film (Lon Chaney in finally another role that suits his grim appearance). Somewhere deep in the remote en rural British countryside, the centuries old feud between the Whitlock clan and the Lanier family sparks up again. For the big upcoming real estate project of the Laniers, a bulldozer ravages straight through the Whitlock family cemetery and destroys the grave of 17th Century ancestress Vanessa Whitlock, whom was accused of witchery and buried alive by the Lanier family. Well, the accusation wasn't false for sure, as Vanessa promptly rises from the tomb and teams up with the grumpy Morgan Whitlock in order to bring the entire Lanier family down. Several members of the Lanier family die in mysterious circumstances, but complications arise when it turns out that Morgan's little niece Amy is in love with a Lanier enemy. "Witchcraft" is a competent enough and well-paced occult thriller with gloomy black & white cinematography, a couple of original ideas in its screenplay and an extremely tense finale. Lon Chaney Jr. is naturally menacing, but the biggest creeps are provided by Yvette Rees as silent the hypnotically staring witch Vanessa Whitlock. If she would appear behind me on a flight of stairs, I would surely throw myself down from them as well! There are also two very nifty and imaginative fright scenes involving a car and its passenger(s) driving through a bumpy landfill and towards certain death, although in their minds it looks as if they're driving on a safe and cozy lane.


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