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The Conqueror Worm (Witchfinder General) (2000)


Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: N/A
Critic Reviews: 1
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 4,816



Movie Info

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

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


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Critic Reviews for The Conqueror Worm (Witchfinder General)

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (2) | DVD (11)

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

Full Review… | May 31, 2005
Village Voice
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

With no supernatural elements to speak of, it is as much an historical drama as a horror film.

Full Review… | November 20, 2008

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.

Full Review… | May 2, 2008

It's an interesting indictment of blind piousness, but it's not much of a scare film for Halloween time.

Full Review… | January 10, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

Certainly not for the squeamish, but for others it's a surprisingly well realized study of violence.

Full Review… | March 16, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A harrowing horror film directed with real skill

April 23, 2004
Lawrence Journal-World

Bizarrely overrated Price thriller with some good moments.

November 25, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Conqueror Worm (Witchfinder General)


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

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?

Anthony Lawrie

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

I have a copy of Witchfinder General from many years ago. Recently, whilst re-organising my collection, I happened upon it and watched it once more. This film still manages to induce general feelings of horror on account of its violence, even though it is not really a 'horror' film as such. Watch it for its superb cinematography which lends it an appearance of freshness that belies its 35 years. It still looks as if it could have been made yesterday. Some of the more violent scenes will make you squirm. The cruelty of the period portrayed can only be imagined and the cheapness of life comes across as truly shocking. Vincent Price is excellent as Hopkins (though maybe a bit 'mature' to portray him, since he was witchfinding in his late twenties and died in his early thirties). To think that this evil man really existed and operated unchecked for several years leaves one cold. A minor masterpiece that all lovers of the macabre should enjoy.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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