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The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971)

R | | Horror | 16 April 1971 (USA)
Horror thriller set in 17th century England about the children of a village slowly converting into a coven of devil worshipers.

Director:

Piers Haggard

Writers:

Robert Wynne-Simmons (original screenplay), Piers Haggard (with additional material by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patrick Wymark ... The Judge
Linda Hayden ... Angel Blake
Barry Andrews ... Ralph Gower
Michele Dotrice ... Margaret
Wendy Padbury ... Cathy Vespers
Anthony Ainley ... Reverend Fallowfield
Charlotte Mitchell Charlotte Mitchell ... Ellen
Tamara Ustinov Tamara Ustinov ... Rosalind Barton
Simon Williams ... Peter Edmonton
James Hayter ... Squire Middleton
Howard Goorney Howard Goorney ... The Doctor
Avice Landone ... Isobel Banham (as Avice Landon)
Robin Davies Robin Davies ... Mark Vespers
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Storyline

In the XVIII Century, in the countryside of England, the landsman Ralph Gower finds a skull with one eye and fur on the field. He summons the local judge to see his finding but it has disappeared. Meanwhile the local Peter Edmonton brings his fiancée Rosalind Barton to his aunt's house to marry her on the next day. However during the night Rosalind becomes insane and in the morning she is sent to an asylum and Peter sees a claw that has replaced her hand. Then Peter wakes up with a claw attacking him and he cuts it out, but he finds that he has hacked down his own hand. The local children have a strange behavior under the command of Angel Blake and they rape and kill others. In common, they have a strange fur on their skin. The judge returns from London and concludes that evil has possessed the children. What will he and his search party do? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

GBP82,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to screenwriter Robert Wynne-Simmons, the previous success of Witchfinder General (1968) caused the studio to pressure the writers to replicated elements of that film for Blood on Satan's Claw. Wynne-Simmons said that the scenes where the Judge studies the book on witches, and the scene where the villagers witch-duck Margaret, were both added at the insistence of the Tigon Studio executives. See more »

Goofs

There are two spelling errors in the opening titles: the production company is called Tigron instead of Tigon (in the copyright notice beneath the main title), and screen veteran James Hayter is billed as James Hoyter. See more »

Quotes

The Doctor: A fiend has been seen hereabouts, hobbling on one leg.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to edit the rape scene and shots of a naked girl dancing in front of a knife-wielding boy. The cuts were fully restored in the 2003 Anchor Bay DVD release. See more »

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Witchcraft and diabolic possession proceeded in astonishing terror images
15 November 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This eerie film is set circa 1640 , when is earthed by a farmer (Barry Andrews) a weird human remains located in an British small village . Later on , a farming community is haunted by the demon himself . Children and adolescents being possessed by hairy demon and becoming them into a coven of witches practicing exorcisms and witchery . The teens led by a nasty young girl (Linda Hayden) are worshipping the devil , raping , and sacrificing other young people . Meantime , a judge (Patrick Wymark) investigates the rare events .

The film packs gruesome images , grisly killings , thriller and intense horror sequences . Magnificent detail period is perfectly set in 17th century . Somewhat nudism at times in charge of Lynda Hayden and pagans ceremonies . For its US release the nudity was censored, particularly in Linda Hayden's seduction scene , by darkening the footage to avoid an X rating . Enjoyable casting by Patrick Wymark (a role ¨Witchfinder general¨-alike) who died slowly after making the film , a gorgeous and erotic Linda Hayden (Taste of Dracula blood) , Barry Andrews (Dracula has risen from grave) , Michele Dotrice(who married to Edward Woodward) and Tamara Ustinov (daughter of Peter Ustinov and niece of Angela Lansbury) . It's produced by Tigon , usual in terror movies and richly atmospheric in Pinewood studios . The movie displays a weird and creepy score musical by Marc Williamson . Evocative and imaginative cinematography by Dick Bush , Hammer films ordinary (Twins of evil , Dracula 72 , When dinosaurs ruled earth). The motion picture was well directed by Piers Haggard (Venom , Quatermass conclusion) . The flick isn't for the faint-hearted , however to be liked for horror fans.


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