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Cry of the Banshee (1970)

GP | | Horror | 22 July 1970 (USA)
In 1500s England, a cruel witch-hunting magistrate, who often tortures innocent villagers for his entertainment, runs afoul of a witch who conjures a banshee to kill the magistrate and his family.

Director:

Gordon Hessler

Writers:

Tim Kelly (screenplay), Tim Kelly (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Price ... Lord Edward Whitman
Essy Persson Essy Persson ... Lady Patricia Whitman
Hilary Heath ... Maureen Whitman (as Hilary Dwyer)
Carl Rigg ... Harry Whitman
Stephan Chase ... Sean Whitman
Marshall Jones ... Father Tom
Andrew McCulloch ... Bully Boy
Michael Elphick ... Burke
Pamela Moiseiwitsch Pamela Moiseiwitsch ... Maid
Joyce Mandre Joyce Mandre ... Party Guest
Robert Hutton ... Party Guest
Guy Deghy ... Party Guest
Elisabeth Bergner ... Oona (as Elizabeth Bergner)
Patrick Mower ... Roderick
Victoria Fairbrother ... Margaret Donald (witch) (as Pamela Farbrother)
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Storyline

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 Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Taglines:

Edgar Allan Poe probes new depths of TERROR!

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cry of the Banshee See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filming began October 20 1969, and the last Gothic horror role for Vincent Price. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[when asked what is written on the gravestone]
Mickey: It says, "Born by fire, dies by fire." What it means, don't ask me. It don't even rhyme.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are divided into "The Establishment, "Witches", and "Villagers". See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Featured in Fantastic Fantasy Fright-o-Rama Show Vol. 1 (1996) See more »

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Another Terrible Horror Film From Gordon Hessler
14 January 2000 | by carolscoSee all my reviews

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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