The Conqueror Worm

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A disturbing tale of evil set during the English Civil War. When Matthew Hopkins is appointed Witchfinder General by the Puritans under Cromwell, he is empowered to travel the countryside with his henchmen and collect a fee for each witch from whom he extracts a confession - a policy which is exploited to the full.

Cast & Crew

Vincent Price
Matthew Hopkins
Ian Ogilvy
Richard Marshall
Hilary Heath
Sarah Lowes
Robert Russell
John Stearne
Patrick Wymark
Gen. Oliver Cromwell
Tom Baker
Writer
Ronald Bassett
Writer (Novel)
Louis M. Heyward
Writer (Additional Scenes)
Tony Tenser
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Critic Reviews for The Conqueror Worm (Witchfinder General)

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Audience Reviews for The Conqueror Worm (Witchfinder General)

  • Jan 01, 2019
    This an insane film, that deserves the recognition it has received over the years. You look at the year it was created and you can see what work was invested in the flm to create something unique and different. Michael Reeves only had a short life, but creating Witchfinder General will be his legacy and the filmmaking world is all the better for it. The film shows its age now, but don't let that divert your attention. The film is tough to watch as the villain gets away with so much while the hero suffers. I hear a remake is in the wind, but I hope they focus on the true story and not this film. I liked the film and I feel every film lover should see a film that shaped horror films at the moment and time. 29/12/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2015
    A disturbing tale of corruption and witchcraft. Vincent Price plays the titular character torturing characters in the film. The story did not make too much sense but still very disturbing even by today's standard, the ending will haunt me for a long time.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2014
    Vincent Price embodies with perfection the horrors of religious bigotry (a subject that is still not outdated), but the strength and brutality of the story get a bit diluted by its lack of a clearer direction and people who keep running around back and forth searching for each other.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2011
    Considered a classic of British Horror, this period horror film does not disappoint. Stars the legendary Vincent Price as the corrupted Witchfinder. The version I saw was the directors cut. Apparently when the film originally came out most of the torture was heavily edited, but has now been reincluded. Unfortunantly the picture quality of the formerly cut footage isn't up to par with the rest of the film, and these sequences are heavily faded and blurry. Ah well, at least they were reincluded. The movie is fairly disturbing for its portrayel of how witchfinders would force accused citizens to confess. Retarded "foolproof" plans like drowning the accused and if they live that is proof of their allegiance to Satan, and if they don't then they were in fact wrongfully accused, were common place at this time. And the more things change the more they stay the same. At this time witches were public enemy number 1. Arthur Millers play the crucible compared the Salem Witch Hunts to the McCarthyist witch hunts of the 50's against communism. And now we have torture facilities like Guantanamo Bay and Terrorists are the primary public threat. In short an important Horror film thats message remains relevent and probably (unfortunantly) always will.
    Ed Fucking H Super Reviewer

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