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
MGM Home Entertainment



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 (21) | 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
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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

A legitimately beastly vision

Full Review… | August 20, 2015

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

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Vincent Price embodies with perfection the horrors of religious bigotry (a subject that is still not outdated), but the strength and brutality of the story get also a bit diluted by its lack of a clearer direction and people who keep running around back and forth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

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


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.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

When it comes to the MGM Midnite Movies, I've yet to find a bad one, that is until I watched this film, maybe that's why its sold as a single rather then a double as most MGM movies are Double Features. Anyway I don't think Vincent Price enjoyed making the film as it just didn't have that Vincent Price Flair to it. Movie is about a self appointed man who with the help of others goes town to town to burn witches, and gets paid a pretty good price for doing it. But in one town he picked the wrong girl to mess with as her husband is out for revenge, Sure this billed as the second feature at a drive in during its big screen showing. Just lacked that Vincent Price feeling. 2 Stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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