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(Witchfinder General)

1968, regia di Michael Reeves



Scheda: Nazione: GB - Produzione: Tigon Pictures - Distribuzione: Variety, American International Pictures, Home Box Office, Image Entertainment Inc., MGM, Orion Home Video, Sinister Cinema - Soggetto: da un racconto di  Ronald Bassett e da The Conqueror Worm di Edgar Allan Poe - Sceneggiatura: Tom Baker, Michael Reeves - Fotografia: John Coquillon - Montaggio: Howard Lanning - Scenografia: Jim Morahan - Musiche: Paul Ferris - Effetti speciali: Roger Dicken - Formato: Color - Durata: 86'.

Cast: Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy, Rupert Davies, Hilary Heath, Robert Russell, Nicky Henson, Tony Selby, Bernard Kay, Godfrey James, Michael Beint, John Treneman, Bill Maxwell, Paul Ferris, Maggie Kimberly, Peter Haigh, Hira Talfrey, Anne Tirard, Peter Thomas, Edward Palmer, David Webb.


Trama e commenti: - - «Nel 1645, sullo sfondo delle guerre civili che in quel periodo opposero i realisti di Carlo I ai puritani di Oliver Cromwell, il perverso inquisitore Matthew Hopkins va in giro a rintracciare e processare streghe e rovina la vita a un giovane ufficiale di Cromwell. Terzo film di M. Reeves (1943-69), morto suicida, č un'opera straordinaria che, nelle sue apparenze di horror duro e violento, apre scorci terrificanti sulla storia e l'immaginario inglesi e vanta una grande interpretazione di V. Price. "... con la sua acuta sensibilitą paesaggistica, riporta l'horror a radici ancestrali, connaturate alle stesse caratteristiche fisiche e psichiche del paese, a Stonehenge, ai celti, alle zone oscure dei cicli cavallereschi" (E. Martini). Una ballata macabra di allucinata forza metaforica».

Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - - - - «A corrupt opportunist commits brutal crimes in the name of God and country in this atmospheric period horror tale. In 17th century England, as a people's uprising threatens Lord Cromwell's rule, superstition still rules the land, and the Royalists use this to their advantage by inaugurating a reign of terror in the name of wiping out alleged witches and agents of the dark arts. Matthew Hopkins (Vincent Price) has been appointed "witchfinder" by Puritan Royalists, and with the help of his thuggish assistant Stearne (Robert Russell), Hopkins travels from town to town, brutally interrogating those accused of witchcraft and using fire, drowning, and torture to extract "confessions" from the accused. Of course, Hopkins' opinions can be swayed with money and other considerations, and when Father Lowes (Rupert Davies), a priest whose sympathies do not lie with the Royalists, is arrested and tortured by Hopkins and Stearne, his devoted niece Sarah (Hilary Dwyer) is able to stay his punishment by sleeping with Hopkins. Sarah, however, is engaged to marry Marshall (Ian Ogilvy), a soldier in Cromwell's army, and once Marshall learns that the woman he loves has been seduced by Hopkins -- and raped by Stearne -- he becomes determined to expose the witchfinder and punish him for his misdeeds. Witchfinder General was released in the United States by American International Pictures, who in addition to arranging for Vincent Price to play Matthew Hopkins, changed the North American title to The Conqueror Worm, after a poem by Edgar Allan Poe which was read over the credits by Price, though the story bears no real relation to Poe's work» (Mark Deming).


Conosciuto anche con i titoli: The Conqueror Worm; Edgar Allan Poe's Conqueror Worm.



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