Blood on Satan's Claw

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After a plowboy accidentally unearths the skeletal remains of a demonic creature, a cult of teenage devil-worshippers emerges in a 17th-century Cornwall farming community, led by the gorgeous temptress Angel (Linda Hayden, who positively smolders). Together, the children begin performing blood sacrifices in order to bring the skeletal demon back to life. The film eventually steers into witch-hunt territory -- in the vein of Michael Reeves' Witchfinder General -- as the superstitious locals use inquisition-style practices to put a stop to Hayden's cult. This lush, moody horror piece is superbly written, though the plot becomes a bit dense at times; the film was originally intended as a three-part series, but was eventually edited down to one feature. Still, Piers Haggard's assured direction keeps the threads together and provides just enough shock value to keep viewers on their toes. Watch for Peter Ustinov's daughter Tamara as one of the children. The Blood on Satan's Claw was also released as Satan's Claw and Satan's Skin. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Blood on Satan's Claw

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Audience Reviews for Blood on Satan's Claw

  • Apr 09, 2015
    A wicked little film starring a largely unknown cast. Set in the 17th century, a farmer discovered a strange artifact in the filed and the teenagers in the town began to grow furs and become cultists. Bloodier than Witch Hunter General, Blood On Satan's Claw is a rare gem of British cinema.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2014
    Classic British horror. When a skull is discovered in the middle of a field, the man that finds it goes to get help but when they return the skull has vanished. Cue very strange behaviour from the teenagers in the local village, led by blonde beauty, Angel. It seems they have been possessed by the devil and start performing rituals and sacrifice's and only the bravest villagers can stop them. Quite controversial at the time due to a rape scene, a nude then 17 Linda Hayden and a gritty realistic feel similar of that of Witchfinder General, Blood on Satan's Claw is one of the cult British occult horrors and a must see for anyone who's enjoyed the likes of Witchfinder General, The Wicker Man and To The Devil a Daughter.
    Adam M Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2012
    A rare find this film is genuinely creepy throughout and all of the cast give strong performances. Hayden is very sexy as Angel and it's interesting seeing Ainley pre-Doctor Who and without his goatee. The soundtarck adds to the mood and if the monster at the end is a bit of a let-down the sheer brutality of the 'goodies' means that there is no real happy ending for anyone. Interestingly there is no lead character we stay with through the film but that doesn't matter. This feels a little like a pre-cursor to 'The Wicker Man' and whilst it isn't as good as that it's head and shoulders above anything Hammer were producing at this time.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2010
    A creepy and unsettling British "folk horror" picture. Not to be confused with Hammer offerings with similar period settings, this is less gore & camp and more a forerunner of chillers like the Omen or even exorcist which play on our superstitions and fears of imagined malevolent things that go bump in the night. Performances and cinematic values are pretty good on a low budget with just a few annoying let-downs in flow and continuity taking the shine off here and there. So, not perfect but still a must-see for fans of the genre.
    The S Super Reviewer

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