The Conqueror Worm (Witchfinder General) (2000)
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Critic Reviews for The Conqueror Worm (Witchfinder General)
It remains contemporary, and even frightening, in its evocation of cynical Puritanism and mass deception.
Vincent Price has a good time as a materialistic witch-hunter and woman-disfigurer and dismemberer, and the audience at the dark, ornate New Amsterdam seemed to have a good time as well.
Visually, the theme is beautifully supported by Reeves' subtle use of colour, in which the delicate patchwork greens of the English countryside are shot through by the colours of death and decay as Matthew Hopkins prowls through it robed in black.
Price is superb as real-life witchhunter Matthew Hopkins, and writer-director Michael Reeves pulls no punches with this absorbing material.
Audience Reviews for The Conqueror Worm (Witchfinder General)
Vincent Price embodies with perfection the horrors of religious bigotry (a subject that is still not outdated), but the strength and brutality of the story get a bit diluted by its lack of a clearer direction and people who keep running around back and forth searching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.
In spite of Mr. Price's noteworthy performance, Witchfinder General is at best a second-rate production. The story is conceptually dark, the script is graphically brutal and the characters are painfully one-dimensional.
When it comes to the MGM Midnite Movies, I've yet to find a bad one, that is until I watched this film, maybe that's why its sold as a single rather then a double as most MGM movies are Double Features. Anyway I don't think Vincent Price enjoyed making the film as it just didn't have that Vincent Price Flair to it. Movie is about a self appointed man who with the help of others goes town to town to burn witches, and gets paid a pretty good price for doing it. But in one town he picked the wrong girl to mess with as her husband is out for revenge, Sure this billed as the second feature at a drive in during its big screen showing. Just lacked that Vincent Price feeling. 2 Stars
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