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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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Taglines:

A living nightmare of black magic... and unspeakable evil! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aima sta nyhia tou Satana See more »

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Budget:

£82,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to director Piers Haggard the scene of the coven's attack and rape of Cathy Vespers was completely unplanned and created mainly during the shooting. Haggard said even the coven's chant was written right on the spot. 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 Judge: I give you His Catholic Majesty King James III, may God bless him and keep him in exile
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Alternate Versions

A deleted scene, considered too graphic in 1970, has been restored in the current UK DVD release. See more »

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A folk horror staple
4 October 2018 | by meathookcinemaSee all my reviews

This film is just as bonkers as it sounds. Another Tigon production, it was massively influenced by Witchfinder General and is just as unflinching if not the depraved masterpiece that its predecessor is.

All the ingredients of a great 'folk horror' staple are here- witch trials, a country setting, Olde English magick and buxom wenches showing off their voluptuous delights.

Joe Dante says this is one of the best horror films of the 70's. I agree with him.


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