Story [from Ronald Bassett's novel] is all about witchcraft, inquisitions and executions as performed by Vincent Price and his thuggish henchman (Robert Russell) during the days when Cromwell was deposing the King of England. Ian Ogilvy is the soldier-hero who stops them after lots of bloody executions and the rape of his sweetheart (Hilary Dwyer).

Story [from Ronald Bassett’s novel] is all about witchcraft, inquisitions and executions as performed by Vincent Price and his thuggish henchman (Robert Russell) during the days when Cromwell was deposing the King of England. Ian Ogilvy is the soldier-hero who stops them after lots of bloody executions and the rape of his sweetheart (Hilary Dwyer).

Price is an excellent heavy, but while sometimes he seems to piously believe he is rooting out witches, most of the time he’s simply killing for the fun of it, and some money. Russell’s character is similarly ambiguous. He’s brutal, but isn’t properly set up to display cowardice while fighting with Ogilvy in the film’s only really good action scene.

Ogilvy is somewhat dashing, but has a one-note hero’s role to play. Dwyer gives evidence of acting talent, but she and all principals are hampered by Michael Reeve’s mediocre script and ordinary direction.

Witchfinder General

UK

Production

Tigon. Director Michael Reeves; Producer Louis M. Heyward, Philip Waddilove, Arnold Miller; Screenplay Michael Reeves, Tom Baker, Louis M. Heyward; Camera John Coquillon; Editor Howard Lanning; Music Paul Ferris; Art Director Jim Morahan

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1968. Running time: 88 MIN.

With

Vincent Price Ian Ogilvy Rupert Davies Hilary Dwyer Robert Russell Nicky Henson
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