On the recommendation of her professor (Christopher Lee), a young female student (played by Venetia Stevenson) travels to the fictional Massachusetts town of Whitewood to do some research into witchcraft.
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This and 1973's The Wicker Man are upper echelon Christopher Lee films, with this being one of the more underseen and underappreciated pre-1968 horror benchmarks, and among my personal best horror films for the seminal year in the genre of 1960-- a successful blend of the same year's Psycho and Black Sunday: with the classic, gothic aesthetic of that Italian film and the clever storytelling of the Hitchcock one.
It starts like any other classic style horror witch movie with a burning at a stake and a young college girl that happen to stumble into a sleepy town to discover something out of the ordinary. That is also when the movie suddenly surprises and while it never really recovers from it's shock the film do swallow me up with excellent foggy atmosphere and it's foreboding feel.
Film interessante per un confronto con quello che sarà poi il gotico/thriller/horror. Film confezionato con gusto (britannico) e con arte, ora non spaventerebbe un bambino ma all'epoca conteneva tutti gli elementi (soprattutto nel comparto audio) per qualche brivido.