Blood on Satan's Claw (1970)
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as The Judge
as Angel Blake
as Ralph Gower
as Rev. Fallowfield
as Squire Middleton
Critic Reviews for Blood on Satan's Claw
A little hard to find these days, but well worth searching for, 'Blood on Satan's Claw' is a classic.
If The Blood on Satan's Claw is a fundamentally conservative film, it's pretty vigorous in depicting Satan's foul mischief.
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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.
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.
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.
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