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Young college student Nan Barlow (Venetia Stevenson) arrives in the sleepy Massachusetts town of Whitewood to research witchcraft. Nan's stay at the eerie Raven's Inn takes a portentous turn when she learns its proprietor Mrs. Newless (Patricia Jessel) is the reincarnation of a witch burned at the stake in 1692. The discovery unravels the startling truth about the town: that it is really a coven of witches who have a sinister plan to sacrifice humans so that they can become immortal.

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Patricia Jessel
Elizabeth Selwyn, Mrs. Newless
Christopher Lee
Prof. Alan Driscoll
Betta St. John
Patricia Russell
Dennis Lotis
Richard Barlow
Valentine Dyall
Jethrow Keane
Norman Macowan
Reverend Russell
Tom Naylor
Bill Maitland
Fred Johnson
The Elder
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  • Aug 28, 2018
    There's a little town in New England that burned a witch centuries ago but since has been taken over entirely by witches. Laden with creepy atmosphere, this proves an better than average offering with decent acting and direction. Christopher Lee, too, is almost always a nice touch. Decent spooky.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2011
    Very creepy and very atmospheric.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2010
    John Liewellyn Moxey's imaginative, spooky, hugely enjoyable witchcraft chiller. It begins with the burning of witch Elizabeth Selwyn, chillingly played by Patricia Jessel, in 1692 in the town of Whitewood, Massachusetts. We then cut to the occult studies class of professor Alan Driscoll, superbly by Christopher Lee, where eager student Nan Barlow, played nicely by Venetia Stevenson, intends on writing her class paper by going to New England to investigate its occult history first hand. Driscoll suggests she go to Whitewood itself to do her studies and gives her the directions to find the small infamous town. Upon arrival in the spooky village, Nan stays in The Raven's Inn run by the mysterious Mrs. Newless, also played by Patricia Jessel, and soon finds that the 300 year old legends of Whitewood is all too real. When Nan doesn't return from her research trip, her brother Richard, played by Dennis Lotis, followed by friend Bill, played by Tom Naylor, travels to Whitewood looking for her. Richard teams up with the granddaughter of the local reverend, Patricia, played by Betta St. John, who had met Nan and lent her a book on the occult. What they find is something very ancient, very evil and very deadly, they must now deal with a coven of Devil worshipping witches, and try to escape with their lives. Astute direction by Moxey, who gives his film loads of atmosphere and a unique visual style, thanks to the striking black & white cinematography by Desmond Dickinson. Special kudos must go to the late great Sir Christopher Lee who is at his sinister best as the professor in occult studies who is far more involved in his subject than his students realize and just may be leading his eager-to-learn lambs to the slaughter, and Patricia Jessel's unforgettable performance, she brings the nearly 300 year old evil witch Elizabeth Selwyn to vibrant life. A well crafted, good old-fashioned horror film. Highly Recommended.
    Danny R Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    I don't know why you'd want to study witchcraft in college, but I suppose someone might want to. And then to visit an old village in the middle of nowhere to do some research alone? That sounds like a horror movie waiting to happen. The girl in this movie isn't too bright, but the witches and warlocks know what they're doing. This movie is pretty good as a cautionary tale, but it could have been made better.
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