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375 Ratings

Witchfinder General

The Conqueror Worm

Directed by Michael Reeves
United Kingdom, 1968
Drama, Horror, History

Synopsis

A young soldier seeks to put an end to the evils caused by a vicious witch hunter.

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Witchfinder General Directed by Michael Reeves

Critics reviews

Michael Reeves and high-noon darkness, a legitimately beastly vision. Bergman is the clear model in these views of pervasive brutality amid pale green expanses (there’s something of the hysterical historical chiaroscuro of Mann’s Reign of Terror, also), though the mounting despair surveyed with zoom lenses makes it unequivocally a ’68 portrait.
October 05, 2015
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  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Witchfinder General

    REEVES worked as Don Siegel's assistant. In Italy, as an assistant director on Castle of the Living Dead with Christopher Lee & director on La Sorella di Satana (1965) with Barbara Steele. Back in London in 1966, Reeves did The Sorcerers, with Boris Karloff, Ian Ogilvy acting in both movies. Reeves is best known for his 4th & last movie, Witchfinder General, he directed at 24. He died at 25 from burnout & overdose.

  • SALESK's rating of the film Witchfinder General

    Visually rough & unpolished but relentlessly, nihilistically cruel and depraved film that translates its own disgust for all human violence extraordinarily effectively to an audience unaccustomed to its bracing, naked honesty (especially for its time & genre). Revels in demystifying the hero-worship of English military history & fairytale gender relations (the failure of Prince Charming, the ceaseless horrors of war)

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Witchfinder General

    Witchfinder General's problems of its rough style, clumsy time transitions, and underlit nighttime scenes get softened with its economical pacing balancing the dramatic and entertainment factors to be a fatless, fascinating revenge-horror film sans the supernatural. It also features one of the more memorable final sequences in the genre of the 1960s by its depiction of revenge's always-unfulfilled bloodlust.

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film Witchfinder General

    For the most part a well modulated balance between pastoral lyricism and bloodletting; sadly mired by a genre confirming climax. Price slices his ham more leanly on this occasion. Alongside The Wicker Man, one of the few films to tap successfully into the lurking sense of unease and danger in the British countryside.

  • Not A Sexy Vampire's rating of the film Witchfinder General

    To call this a horror film feels like a falsehood as it acts more like a British Western. Deserts are replaced by green fields, the sadism of Matthew Hopkins and Searne leads to vengeance and there is an abundance of horse riding. But in it's violence, it remains a brutal film, but a slightly dull one. Price is genuinely monstrous and subtle. Dark ending has the same moral emptiness as that year's The Great Silence.

  • Adam Whybray's rating of the film Witchfinder General

    3.9 stars. Back in the 17th century it could be said: "In Ipswich a man might find better opportunities" ~ a sentiment not borne out in the 21st century. 'Witchfinder General' is a bracing, even punishing film because it never allows you the release of campy enjoyment that it always seem to promise is due to arrive after //just one more// harrowing torture scene. It is almost too dour and bleak to be folk horror.

  • birthdayblues's rating of the film Witchfinder General

    Classic late 60s horror kitsch, with Vincent Price hamming it up in the lead role. The reason I end up watching this film every six months or so is for the beautiful Suffolk scenery and archicture, much of which is still the same today, only with less wenches in polyester milkmaid dresses these days

  • Johnny DuBiel's rating of the film Witchfinder General

    You keep waiting for Price to lose control of his character and fall into his usual hammy schtick, but he never does. While most of his roles can be pared down to campy caricatures of, well, Vincent Price, Matthew Hopkins is a fully realized character. The performance IS over the top, but only in a manner which the film requires. Hopkins is one of the most disgusting figures in cinema. Vastly underappreciated movie

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