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DVD REVIEW: Witchfinder General

| 5 June 2015 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: Witchfinder General
Shock Entertainment
1 April, 2015
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
7 ½ /10

Witchfinder General DVD cover

No-one is releasing classing English and American cinema like Shock Entertainment are, and no-one made horror movies in England in the ‘70s like Hammer Studios.

Starring Vincent Price in one of his more serious and menacing roles, Witchfinder General boasts a myriad of exploitation methods and some of the brightest, most garish fake blood in cinematic history.

Based on the real-life exploits of Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins, in the midst of the 17th Century English civil war, Price turns in one of his best performances as the sadistic, lecherous Matthew Hopkins, charged with exposing Satan’s servants around England’s green countryside.

With a troupe of bullies and fellow sadists under his wing, he commits atrocities left and right, butchering innocents – mainly women – in the name of the law as his repressions are fully unleashed in devastating fashion, before karma visits him in the most fitting way possible.

Directed stylishly on a shoestring budget in 1968 by Michael Reeves – who would die of a drug overdose only nine months after the films release, aged just 25 – Witchfinder General is a wonderfully sensationalised look at a dark and paranoid slice of British history.


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