17TH CEN­TURY SHOCKS

More Pu­ri­tanism pe­riod pro­duc­tions

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

Witchfinder Gen­eral

Michael Reeves’ bleak film – shock­ingly vi­o­lent for the time (1968) – fol­lows witch­hunter Matthew Hop­kins’ reign of ter­ror in East Anglia dur­ing the English Civil War. Vin­cent Price di­alled down the camp for once in the star­ring role.

Blood on Satan’S Claw

The plough­ing-up of a strange skull leads to an out­break of pa­gan sac­ri­fice and sex­ual vi­o­lence among the young folk of a nearby vil­lage in Piers Hag­gard’s sub­lime 1971 folk hor­ror.

Twins of Evil

Ham­mer Films’ 1971 pro­duc­tion stars Peter Cush­ing as the stern leader of a broth­er­hood of pu­ri­tan witch-hunters, who even­tu­ally has to de­cap­i­tate his own niece after she’s turned into a vam­pire. Bum­mer.

a field In Eng­land

Ben Wheatley melded his­tor­i­cal drama, hal­lu­ci­na­tory psychedelia and black com­edy in this blackand-white 2013 re­lease, in which five men dig­ging for buried trea­sure turn against one an­other.

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