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Blood on Satan's Claw

Blood on Satan's Claw (1970)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1970 Wide

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After a plowboy accidentally unearths the skeletal remains of a demonic creature, a cult of teenage devil-worshippers emerges in a 17th-century Cornwall farming community, led by the gorgeous temptress Angel (Linda Hayden, who positively smolders). Together, the children begin performing blood sacrifices in order to bring the skeletal demon back to life. The film eventually steers into witch-hunt territory -- in the vein of Michael Reeves' Witchfinder General -- as the superstitious locals use

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A little hard to find these days, but well worth searching for, 'Blood on Satan's Claw' is a classic.

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

If The Blood on Satan's Claw is a fundamentally conservative film, it's pretty vigorous in depicting Satan's foul mischief.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
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... But it all seems so silly.

June 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The 70's produced some great British horror films but I don't consider Blood on Satan's Claw to be one of them. The really good performances from Anthony Ainley, Patrick Wymark and Wendy Padbury seem overshadowed, and purposely so, by the inclusion of 'uncomfortable to watch' underage (not legally) nudity from 'Tits and Ass of the year winner' 1971 - Miss Linda Hayden. Did people watch for the horror or for the hints and underage nudity. I didn't like it. The Satan monster at the end looked like a lost carpet with legs. Amazing how Satan can be so evil when he is so bloody useless, it's not exactly the thing of great horror films when Beelzebub, the dark Lord himself, accidentally levitates into a bonfire. Nonsense.
November 19, 2013
SirPant

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excellent gothic horror from the seventies. beautifully shot, wonderfully creepy score, fantastic atmosphere! starring the fiend and a bunch of possessed teenagers! awesome!!
June 26, 2008
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Stella Dallas

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Classic British horror. When a skull is discovered in the middle of a field, the man that finds it goes to get help but when they return the skull has vanished. Cue very strange behaviour from the teenagers in the local village, led by blonde beauty, Angel. It seems they have been possessed by the devil and start performing rituals and sacrifice's and only the bravest villagers can stop them. Quite controversial at the time due to a rape scene, a nude then 17 Linda Hayden and a gritty realistic feel similar of that of Witchfinder General, Blood on Satan's Claw is one of the cult British occult horrors and a must see for anyone who's enjoyed the likes of Witchfinder General, The Wicker Man and To The Devil a Daughter.
January 9, 2014
monkeybobbob

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A rare find this film is genuinely creepy throughout and all of the cast give strong performances. Hayden is very sexy as Angel and it's interesting seeing Ainley pre-Doctor Who and without his goatee. The soundtarck adds to the mood and if the monster at the end is a bit of a let-down the sheer brutality of the 'goodies' means that there is no real happy ending for anyone. Interestingly there is no lead character we stay with through the film but that doesn't matter. This feels a little like a pre-cursor to 'The Wicker Man' and whilst it isn't as good as that it's head and shoulders above anything Hammer were producing at this time.
May 10, 2012
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