The Witches (The Devil's Own) Reviews
An ambitious teacher in Africa is plagued by voodoo and mysterious activity. When she can't take it anymore, she leaves her school and heads for England. She tries to settle down into her new home and school in England only to discover the same voodoo behavior surrounds her. What is it about the teacher that leads to the voodoo activity?
"The verdict was misadventure."
Cyril Frankel, director of Operation Snafu, Never take Sweets from a Stranger, The Adventurer, The Executioner, and No Time for Tears, delivers The Witches. The storyline for this movie is actually above average for this genre. The main character is delivered perfectly and the cast delivers excellent performances and includes Joan Fontaine, Kay Walsh, Alec McCowen, and Leonard Rossiter.
"You fight for everyone but us."
I DVR'd this off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) this past Halloween season. This isn't the best movie I have seen in this genre, but the main character is portrayed and delivered very well. I would recommend seeing this movie during the holiday season as it airs on cable.
"They've got the girl."
(1966) The Devil's Own
Veteran actress Joan Fontaine as Mrs. Mayfield had just came from a bad ritual experience while living somewhere remote in Africa. She's then offered a teaching assignment on another remote town somewhere in England. And during her duration suspects some foul play which has something to do with Satanism.
Adapted from the book written by Norah Lofts, this variation at first seems very routine except that viewers don't quite know who's involved nor understand why until near the end. My only complaint is that it's not as inventive as other "Hammer" movies but it's probably the result of many satanic movies that came after it making this effort to be not as surprising. It's still intriguing nonetheless with the ravishing Joan Fontaine starring in an usual role.
2.5 out of 4 stars
The Result Is A Decent Old School-Thriller, Based In The 60's, Which Features A Decent Script, Editing & Performances. Without Ruining The Film All I Can Say Is That It Features A Series Of Depictions Of Sinister Undercurrents In A Pastoral Setting.
The BBFC, Didn't Find The Events Sinister Enough To Give Their Usual Rating Of "X" So Decided To Rate It "A", Hammer Was Disappointed & Managed To Convince The Board To Give It An "X" Rating But This Accomplished Film Still Failed To Find An Audience.