Thursday, 10 July 2014

The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971)

Great folk witchcraft story that will sit on your shelves happily between Witchfinder General and The Wicker Man. Stunning photography, great music and believable dialogue. Much darker than the usual fayre of the time. Even the effects were pretty spot on - the skin slicing being particularly gruesome.

The film was only let down in two places: the cut between the young man hiding in an attic and then suddenly being bound and in the woods was very direct and confusing for a few seconds. Secondly, the reveal of the devil was a little disappointing.

A classic British horror film that doesn't take the easy route of cheesy campness that so many films of the time did.

Original letterboxd review

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