The Conqueror Worm (Witchfinder General) (1968)
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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
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It remains contemporary, and even frightening, in its evocation of cynical Puritanism and mass deception.
Price is superb as real-life witchhunter Matthew Hopkins, and writer-director Michael Reeves pulls no punches with this absorbing material.
With no supernatural elements to speak of, it is as much an historical drama as a horror film.
This is not the kind of horror that comes from cobwebs and creaky doors. Its horrors are all too human and impossible to cast off with a simple fade out.
It's an interesting indictment of blind piousness, but it's not much of a scare film for Halloween time.
Certainly not for the squeamish, but for others it's a surprisingly well realized study of violence.
A harrowing horror film directed with real skill
Bizarrely overrated Price thriller with some good moments.
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