"Give me a skin for dancing in!"
Well, I never knew a flock of sheep could be so alarming! Nervy teacher saves English village from witchcraft menace (yeah, same old story, y'know). Was this film an (unacknowledged) inspiration for The Wicker Man? There are a few similarities, certainly (although this is in no way the same class (if you'll forgive the continuing 'education' motif of the term ...Christ, there I go again!)).
Joan Fontaine sports rather mad hair in this (approaching 'Gene Wilder' status) ...and yet I still found her a bit foxy, in a schoolmarmish kind of way (maybe I should get out more). She and Leonard Rossiter (quite suave as the village doctor - no, really) are undoubtedly the best thing about the film ...although there is some pretty impressive cat-acting on display, too! (Obviously, the sheep go without saying.)
The ritual scene at the end of the film looks a little too drama-class 'performance workshop' to be either convincing OR chilling (oooh! scary dancing!). Spoils the film, really. Shame. Everything preceding it is rather great, however.
Screenplay by Nigel 'Quatermass' Kneale. Featuring an adolescent Martin Stephens (yes, the lead kid in Village Of The Damned).