When an accident forces a young couple’s car into a lake, the wife (Barbara Steele) emerges possessed by the evil spirit of a vampire witch executed in the water centuries ago. As the bloodthirsty monster exacts her revenge with a murderous rampage, the husband’s (Ian Ogilvy) only hope to reclaim his wife’s soul is an exorcism. John Karlsen also stars in the 1960s horror film directed by Michael Reeves.
Michael Reeves (October 17, 1943 – February 11, 1969) was an English film director and screenwriter. He is best known for the 1968 American International Pictures/Tigon motion picture Witchfinder General (known in the U.S. as The Conqueror Worm). He died at age 25 from alcohol and barbiturate overdose.
Reeves was born in Sutton, Surrey,and grew up in Suffolk, whose landscape made a deep impression on his best known film, Witchfinder General. His father died when he was young, but his mother was a devoted single parent. As a child he began making short films, some of which starred his lifelong friend, the actor Ian Ogilvy. As a boarder at Radley College he obsessively broke bounds to attend the cinema, and was utterly single minded about his ambition to work in film. Upon leaving school he turned up on the doorstep of his favourite director, Don Siegel, who promptly employed him as an assistant. Subsequently he worked in Italy, where he eventually directed… read more