Cry of the Banshee (1970)

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Lord Edward Whitman (Vincent Price) is the bloodthirsty magistrate who viciously persecutes witches and Druids in the name of Christianity. When he leads a massacre on a Druid religious ceremony, he is cursed by a white-haired witch (Elisabeth Bergner) who condemns his entire family. A tavern trollop is burned alive and many murders and tortures take place in the name of religion. Roderick (Patrick Mower) is the gentle horse groomer by day who seeks the Devil's vengeance by night. The Whitman … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Horror
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Written By: Christopher Wicking, Tim Kelly
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as Brander

as Apprentice

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Critic Reviews for Cry of the Banshee

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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August 11, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Full Review… | October 20, 2004
Film4

Audience Reviews for Cry of the Banshee

Although this movie is probably considered the retarded cousin of the other Vincent Price witch trial movie The Witchfinder General, it's not too horrible. Well, it kind of is and it isn't. I don't know how accurate Cry of the Banshee is to any of Edgar Allen Poe's work, if at all, but it's not completely terrible. It does have Vincent Price being a completely evil bastard, which he was very good at portraying, a young & pretty Hilary Dwyer, and even a young Stephen Rea. It tries to be both a slasher movie and a revenge movie all in one go, which doesn't really meld that well. It's sort of boring for the most part because Lord Whitman, his sons and his colleagues are such a terrible people that you just don't care. The revenge part could work, but by the time the murders start taking place, the characters do a 180 and I felt poised to sympathize with them. In other words, it's a train wreck, but it's an interesting train wreck (I'll give it that). So all in all, it's not a very good film but it's a good example of what not to do with these particular kinds of story mechanics.

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Tim Salmons

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I often get this one mixed up with witchfinder general, but this one has a better story, I know. Although the story is better, the only good actor is Price, and the others are annoying. It's not that bad, I just didn't like it much.

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