Three horror stories based on the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the first story titled "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment", Heidegger attempts to restore the youth of himself, his fiancee ... See full summary »
In Elizabethan England, a wicked lord massacres nearly all the members of a coven of witches, earning the enmity of their leader, Oona. Oona calls up a magical servant, a "banshee", to destroy the lord's family. (The "banshee" of this tale bears no resemblance to the normal usage of the term!)Written by
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This film is set in the 16th century. But in the first scene, when the girl is branded, she opens her mouth to scream and shows a full set of teeth with amalgam fillings. See more »
[when asked what is written on the gravestone]
It says, "Born by fire, dies by fire." What it means, don't ask me. It don't even rhyme.
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The end credits are divided into "The Establishment, "Witches", and "Villagers". See more »
The original US release from AIP was a re edited and cut version. AIP created a new title sequence (dumping the Terry Gilliam animated titles) and removed some violence and nudity, as well as shuffling a few scenes around. This version was rated PG and was also released on VHS on the HBO / Thorn label as well as to TV in a version with even more cuts. In 1995, Orion released an EP speed VHS tape and went back to the original negative, releasing the original UK version, seen for the first time in the US. The DVD version is also uncut and has been rated R by the MPAA. See more »
German/British director Gordon (Scream and Scream Again) Hessler once again proves that, even given exceptional talent in front of and behind the camera, he can only make the most unappealing and repulsive of films. He has all of the late, great Michael Reeves "talent" for showing the ugliness in this world without any of the intellectual power Reeves brought to the material to make such films facsinating and honorable.
With the exception of Terry (Monty Python) Gilliam's creative titles and the unique and misunderstood music added to the American release by Les Baxter, there is nothing else worthwhile about this abominable film.
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