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February 12, 2016
Hammer House "slow-burner". Memorable for the finale - At the Black Mass.
Fine performance from co-star Michelle Dotrice, who went on to play Betty in Some Mother's Do 'ave 'em.
½ July 15, 2015
Solidly creepy Hammer horror picture about girls school headmistress Joan Fontaine slowly learning that the girls at her school are being scarified to a pagan god by a local cult. The film predates "The Wicker Man" and "Suspiria" but after watching this film I saw many echos of this film in those horror classics. Sadly, this film is not as good as either of those films and is a bit slow to get going, but once it does get going, it's quite good.
July 20, 2014
A very twee hammer horror from the 60's. Not creepy or scary just a little unusual.
March 12, 2014
It lacks any sort of real scares and is really quite tame, even for a film of this period when censors had more control than they do now, but it is well made and acted with a decent story in there. An ideal horror for those that are squeamish at any sight of blood or nastiness as there is very little here.
½ October 25, 2013
so so late career joan fontaine
Super Reviewer
October 25, 2013
Fun in a ridiculous way. Good production values and some over the top acting, especially Kay Walsh. The film where Joan's resemblance to sister Olivia de Havilland is the most pronounced.
½ December 21, 2012
A bit sluggish in terms of pace, but a good suspense build up nonetheless and good acting from the lead cast. There certainly are moments that seem a bit wacky however it is a nice movie and is a watch for those slow evenings. It grabs attention and is not even gory. Nice eerie atmosphere and a classic hammer production, must see for hammer fans!
January 5, 2011
A really good entry in Hammer canon that is really let down by the last 15 minutes and zero explanation at the conclusion. Falling somewhere between The Birds and The Wicker Man but not quite managing to hit the same heights, but still worth a look for the curious and Hammer completists.
October 18, 2009
Peter Curtisin kirjaan pohjautuva "The Witches" lienee Hammer-yhtioiden vahemman tunnettuja elokuvia. Afrikassa noituuden kanssa tekemisiin joutuneen opettajattaren paluu Englantiin vaikuttaa aluksi ruusuiselta, mutta pian kaykin ilmi etta idyllisella maaseudulla tapahtuu kaikenlaista epamiellyttavaa. Puissa kasvaa voodoo-nukkeja ja lampaat tekevat rynnakkojaan rikospaikalle. Se on kuitenkin vasta alkua...

Cyril Frankelin ohjaama leffa kaynnistyy lupaavana, pienimuotoisena kauhutrillerina, mutta taantuu puolen tunnin kohdalla jokseenkin yhdentekevaksi ja pitkastyttavaksi tauhkaksi. Loppukliimaksiksi tarkoitettu, "huikealla" tanssikoreografialla varustettu musta messu naurattaa aikansa, mutta paallimmaiseksi tunteeksi jaa kuitenkin myotahapea nayttelijoita kohtaan.
February 24, 2009
Ultimatley it's the lack of any real action or tension that counts against this film - nicely acted and the direction was fine but a poor ending lends to the overall disappointment
January 28, 2009
ok so this woman arrives in a quaint little village but cant seem to get along with the towns people, why? cos they'e witches destined to perform a ceremony according to ancient law, but their not sure if they should really go through with it.
October 31, 2008
Classy production values; Joan Fontaine is great; the location shots are geat... mostly a mellow, slow-moving thriller but the last half hour witchcraft scenes are cheesy and WAY over the top..
October 5, 2008
Entertaining Hammer horror film is not one of the best, but has a nice atmosphere and some genuinely creepy moments. A strong performance by Joan Fontaine leads the usual cast of great Hammer character actors. A familiar story is given some interesting plot twists, and it's worth watching for the bizarre ending alone.
½ September 27, 2008
You'll want to say 'Oooh, Betty!' when you see Michele Dotrice caught up in a satanic, subterranean food fight at the climax of this journey to the dark side of English village life. There's less ham in this than in many of Hammer's contemporary offerings, but with a Nigel Kneale screenplay, you know that what you'll get will be both classy and creepy.
August 22, 2008
A minor entry into the Hammer canon, this builds well, but the last 30 mins is pap.
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