The Conqueror Worm (Witchfinder General) (2000)

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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 … More

Rating: Unrated (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Baker, Michael Reeves
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 11, 2007
Runtime:
MGM Home Entertainment

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Cast


as Matthew Hopkins

as Richard Marshall

as John Lowes

as Oliver Cromwell

as Master Loach

as John Stearne

as Capt. Gordon

as Trooper Swallow

as Trooper Harcourt

as Salter

as Magistrate

as Shepherd

as Hoxne Innkeeper

as Fisherman

as Trooper Gifford

as Elizabeth Clark

as Lavenham Magistrate

as Hanged Woman

as Farrier

as Jailer

as Sentry

as Brandeston Innkeeper

as Villager

as Girl at Inn

as Old Woman
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Critic Reviews for The Conqueror Worm (Witchfinder General)

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

It remains contemporary, and even frightening, in its evocation of cynical Puritanism and mass deception.

Full Review… | May 31, 2005
Village Voice
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Full Review… | December 17, 2008
Variety
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Price is superb as real-life witchhunter Matthew Hopkins, and writer-director Michael Reeves pulls no punches with this absorbing material.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
Creative Loafing

A film about the terrifying combination of sadism and power.

Full Review… | October 22, 2013
The Dissolve

Audience Reviews for The Conqueror Worm (Witchfinder General)

Vincent Price embodies with perfection the horrors of religious bigotry (a subject that is still not outdated), but the strength and brutality of the story get also a bit diluted by its lack of a clearer direction and people who keep running around back and forth searching for one another.

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Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

½

In spite of Mr. Price's noteworthy performance, Witchfinder General is at best a second-rate production. The story is conceptually dark, the script is graphically brutal and the characters are painfully one-dimensional.

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Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

It's disturbing and horrific as far as the story goes, the fact that this kind of thing used to happen makes me feel quite uneasy. The fact is though, that this isn't the great British horror film it has been made out to be. It doesn't come close to The Wicker Man for example and quite frankly a woman screaming over and over is more annoying than terrifying. Why was it called The Conqueror Worm in the states?

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Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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