Witchfinder general page 2 classic horror film board. The cruel civil war between royalists and parliamentarians that is ravaging the country causes an era of chaos and legal arbitrariness that allows unscrupulous men to profit by exploiting the absurd superstitions of the peasants. Witchfinder general religion, spiritualism, and occult the unofficial title adopted by matthew hopkins, the son of james hopkins, minister of wenham in suffolk, england. The screenplay was by reeves and tom baker 1 based on ronald bassetts novel of the same name.
Its about what real people do to others thats not good and anyway you slice that that is far more terrifying than any supernatural threat that may or may not have ever occurred. Regarder witchfinder general 2018 en streaming complet vf. Price plays matthew hopkins, a sadistic 17thcentury witchfinder who uses barbaric methods to identify and invariably execute supposed witches. Witchfinder general bluray disc, 2011 for sale online. Witchfinder general titled onscreen as matthew hopkins.
Witchfinder general aka witchfinder general aka conqueror worm the 1968. This is the mark of a master film director and storyteller, and witchfinder general is. Matthew hopkins was a self proclaimed witchfinder who started his career in 1644 in essex, england. Oh i do not want to write this one, but i feel its a moral imperative. Witchfinder general was released in the united states by american international pictures. Matthew made a career out of discovering witches for a fee. The complete and restored version was passed fully uncut by the bbfc and. This conflict distracts people from rational thought and allows unscrupulous men to gain power by exploiting village superstitions.
Witchfinder general were highly influenced by black sabbath and rode in on the nwobhm. Overseas prints of the film included alternative shots of topless nudity during the barroom scenes. The doomed director michael reevess apotheosis is, at any rate, one of the finest examples of british horror in its late60searly70s magic hour, and micro. I caught 1968s witchfinder general for the first time a week ago at the time of this writing a friend of mine insisted i watch it, and i wasnt sure myself how i had managed to keep missing it. Full marks to the talented and sadly shortlived young director for his. Well, the so called digitally restored special edition dvd of witchfinder general odeon entertainment odnf 329 arrived today friday, october 11th, 2019 from an amazon market place seller, two days late for it to have arrived on the 51st anniversary of my going to see the film at the now long gone alhambra, normacot, in 1968. Le film witchfinder general 1968 vostfr admin 20170529t22. Witchfinder general 1968 for all his lengthy tenure as a horror film icon, rarely did vincent price have an opportunity to portray a character as unrelentingly evil as matthew hopkins in michael reeve s 1968 film witchfinder general released stateside as the conqueror worm. As for the films numerous home video incarnations, the most complete version. A witch hunter in 17th century england is responsible for the death of hundreds of women.
Witchfinder general aka the conqueror worm bluray import. An air of myth and mystery hangs over the film, partly due to its subject matter, and partly, too, because its 25 yearold director, michael reeves, died of a drug overdose just weeks after completing it. The witchfinder general the conqueror worm is a movie based on his success as a prosecutor of witches. Witchfinder general is a 1968 british horror film directed by michael reeves and starring vincent price, ian ogilvy and hilary dwyer. The extreme violence of witchfinder general was controversial for its time, and although the film was released moreorless intact by british censors, it was heavily cut for its initial us release. Based on a factual but rather dry historical account of the reallife witchfinder general, written by ronald bassett, director michael reeves film aims for realism in both period detail and the depiction of violence. Pdf witches night out witches chillers read full ebook.
It also has trailers for the sorcerers and witchfinder general sorcerers is supposed to be released in december 2001 by the same company. Witchfinder general digitally remastered edition 1968. For a much stronger, evil, and macabre version, youd be better off with the film mark of the devil. I must say i find witchfinder general a touch overrated, sure theres lovely riffs smattered through death penalty and the art work is a glorious kitsch and voluptuous homage to my beloved hammer horror although i do believe the actual film witchfinder general was an amicus production, but the band on the whole is let down by a. The best, and regrettably the last, of too few films directed by michael reeves before his. Read the official history of witchfinder general as told by phil cope, along with answers to some popular questions.
Regarder witchfinder general en streaming complet vf 2018. Vincent price in witchfinder general 1968 witchfinder general 1968 ian. Chronicling a disturbing real life sequence of events, director michael reeves graphic vision tells. Witchfinder general is a 1968 britishamerican historical horror film directed by michael reeves and starring vincent price, ian ogilvy, hilary dwyer, robert russell and rupert davies. Tenser immediately began putting together a preliminary budget, and requested that reeves quickly complete a full film script, stressing to reeves that. Witchfinder general, though it has its fair share of horror and lashings of tomatosauce gore, shows some surety of direction and pace, although the actors are generally wooden and the story totally predictable. Witchfinder general full movie hd film england is torn in civil strife as the royalists battle the parliamentary party for control. By consensus, vincent prices finest performance among his gallery of horror movie rogues comes in witchfinder general, the intense 1968 film that erased any hint of camp from the actors persona. Cathedral live at bloodstock open air 2011 hopkins the witchfinder general. Run time minutes 83 michael reeves cult british horror classic. Witchfinder general 1968 complete soundtrack by paul ferris. Itll do fine for these unsettling, intense horror films which draw from the british landscape and its history.
Buy witchfinder general movie posters from movie poster shop. Witchfinder general 1968 cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Steve, phil and rod hawkes had been in a school band called electrode and zeeb parkes was the roadie, with the late rob hickman and singer david potter. Overseas prints of the film included alternative shots of topless nudity during the. This film is set in 17th century england during the violent early days of cromwells rule. Witchfinder general is a 1968 british horror film directed by michael reeves and starring vincent price, ian ogilvy, and hilary dwyer. While i found the film to work for the intended subject matter, the witchfinder generaleven with restored scenes was pretty light fair for witch hunter style films. Were your movie poster source for new releases and vintage movie posters. Witchfinder general is a 17th century depiction of what real human manifested horror is in the way bogdonovichs, targets is a 20th century true horror film. Le film witchfinder general 1968 vostfr film complet. Witchfinder general movie posters from movie poster shop. The complete and restored version was passed fully uncut by the bbfc and released on the redemption video label in 1995, using footage restored from european laserdisc prints. The shockingly brutal end scene to the movie witchfinder general, also known as emperor worm. Not coming to a theater near you presents witchfinder general tomorrow night at 92ytribeca it was woodrow wilson, i believe, who exclaimed after seeing 1968s witchfinder general.
Uk metrodome, uk anchor bay, and uk prism direct also have 2 versions of the film with identical extras. Witchfinder general article about witchfinder general by. The shocking and violent climax witchfinder general. The last and best film of director michael reeves tragically brief career, witchfinder general is one of a select few horror films to have. The screenplay by reeves and tom baker was based on ronald bassetts novel of the same name. Zac bajjon never really played bass for witchfinder general. Whilst the film on bluray is indeed very, very good, there is a version of witchfinder general known as the conqueror worm that contained alternate, more raunchyviolent footage, that was not in the regular witchfinder general release. Witchfinder general 1968 directed by michael reeves and starring vincent price, ian ogilvy, hilary dwyer, rupert davies and patrick wymark. Witchfinder general is an interesting movie in that it is part. At this time britain was plagued by lawlessness which certain men exploited. The conqueror worm witchfinder general 2000 rotten tomatoes. Witchfinder general 1968 directed by michael reeves.
The complete series seasons 120 dvd 2011, 104disc box set new. The disc also has a music video by uk band cathedral entitled witchfinder general, which i found rather silly even if it does sport some rather buxom witches. Witchfinder general is set in england during the rule of cromwell and is the story of matthew hopkinsvincent price, a selfstyled hunter of witches, who. Regarded as the holy grail of horror film soundtracks, paul ferris haunting score to michael reeves celebrated 1968 film witchfinder general has been released in its entirety in a new remasteredalbum on cd. Judging by witchfinder general, he could have become a filmmaker of distinction had he gone on to move outside of the horror genre. By consensus, vincent prices finest performance among his gallery of horrormovie rogues comes in witchfinder general, the intense 1968 film that erased any hint of camp from the actors persona. To say this film left me upset and shaken is an understatement. They were wellknown for featuring topless witches on their album covers, one of which was the very popular model joanne latham. One of his earliest trials took place in 1645 at chelmsford, essex before the justices of the peace and robert rich, earl of warwick.
Vincent price stars as the selfproclaimed witchfinder matthew hopkins roaming britain at the time of the english civil war in search of innocent victims to abuse, torture and kill. The screenplay was by reeves and tom baker based on ronald bassetts novel of the same name. Michael reeves retromedia region 2, pal during the english civil war and the time of cromwell, selfappointed witchfinder, matthew hopkins vincent price roams the countryside as an opportunist using his position to obtain wealth, sex and power. Nothing is nastier than folk and witchfinder general finds horrors that only mortals would choose to create. Because it stars vincent price, its therefore classified as a horror film. In a three year career he is estimated to have killed between 200 and 400 witches. Witchfinder general, along with the wicker man, has latterly been claimed as a pinnacle of a peculiarly british style of film. Michael reeves short film with optional commentary. Witchfinder general film wikipedia republished wiki 2. Witchfinder general dvd cd zcln the fast for sale online. Witchfinder general is a 1968 britishamerican historical horror film directed by michael. Witchfinder general is a film of social collapse, one of a world weaponising belief to justify violence in a pastoral english setting. Witchfinder general 1968 is a cult classic that tells the true story of the witchhunt conducted by mathew hopkins in east anglia, during the english revolution. This alternate version, is also known as the export version.1303 1182 752 397 956 618 1173 1250 746 840 175 1324 1289 88 314 266 1664 88 1125 142 1016 293 287 426 1510 544 375 398 93 562 709 947 735 496 764 103 1563 918 1593 292 960 724 1078 392 506 954 694 664 1065