Tag Archive: Witchfinder General (1968)


  • E9DBC55A1BPremiered in US on August 14, 1968, after opening in the UK three months earlier.
  • Also known as The Conqueror Worm.
  • Vincent Price’s favorite of his horror roles–which nearly went to Donald Pleasence.
  • Final film for director Michael Reeves, who died in 1969 at the age of 25.

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This week something happened in Match-Up 6 that I had not anticipated: a tie.  So, we’ll re-compete that one (Day the Earth Stood Still vs. Black Sunday).  Also, the first shut-outs of our competition so far!  Here’s how it shook out last week:

Day the Earth Stood Still–1 vote (50%)
Black Sunday (this week’s “Movie of the Week,” coincidentally)–1 vote (50%)

Carnival of Souls–4 votes (100%)
Grizzly

The Thing–3 votes (100%)
The Birds

Witchfinder General–2 votes (67%)
Them!–1 vote (33%)

I Drink Your Blood–3 votes (100%)
Christine

The Exorcist–3 votes (75%)
ThanksKilling–1 vote (25%)

Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!–3 votes (75%)
Blacula–1 vote (25%)

She-Devils on Wheels–3 votes (75%)
Toxic Avenger–1 vote (25%)

All of the above carnage brings us here.  So, here are this week’s matches:

The Re-Match!

Kurt Russell or Vincent Price?

Satan/ists!

Exploitation-palooza!

Next time, Final Four!

At this point, we’ve eliminated half of the films we started with, and have arrived at our Sweet 16! But before we get to that story, I have to go over this story–how Match-Up 4 shook out.

This Story 

Match-up 4 had about half the votes of 3, which is fine, and here’s how it all went down:

Hi-Brow vs. Low-Brow Horror

The Birds (1963)–3 votes (60%)
Night of the Lepus (1972)–2 votes (40%)

Come All Ye Witchfinders!

Witchfinder General (1968)–3 votes (60%)
Mark of the Devil (1970)–2 votes (40%)

Possessions ‘R Us

The Exorcist (1973)–3 votes (60%)
The Devil Rides Out (1968)–2 votes (40%)

Exploitations’ Best Leading Ladies

Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill! (1965)–3 votes (60%)
Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS (1975)–2 votes (40%)

That Story

So, with these we have our Sweet 16.  This week we’ll work through these eight matches, so we can get at a Final Four next time out:

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951):

vs.

Black Sunday (1960)

Grizzly (1976)

vs.

Carnival of Souls (1962)

The Thing (1982)

vs.

The Birds (1963)

Them! (1954)

vs.

Witchfinder General (1968)

Christine (1983)

vs.

I Drink Your Blood (1970)

ThanksKilling (2009)

vs.

The Exorcist (1973)

Blacula (1972)

vs.

Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)

Toxic Avenger (1984)

vs.

She-Devils on Wheels (1968)

Happy Voting, see you at the Elite Eight next week!

I’m a little late this week–I was out of town for a bit last week.  Here’s how Match-Up 3 fared:

1960s Horror Pioneers

  • Carnival of Souls (1962)–6 votes (67%)
  • Blood Feast (1963)–3 votes (33%)

John Carpenter Bake-Off!

I really expected this result to be the opposite of what we got here:

  • The Thing (1982)–6 votes (60%)
  • The Fog (1980)–4 votes (40%)

Contemporary Zero-Budget Nightmares

  • Thankskilling (2009)–3 votes (60%)
  • Birdemic (2010)–2 votes (40%)

Blaxploitation Still Rules

To many, Shaft is the King of Blaxploitation, but Blacula seems to be the prince of campy blaxploitation.  Camp wins every time.

  • Blacula (1972)–9 votes (82%)
  • Shaft (1971)–2 votes (18%)

These results bring us to here, and as you can see, we have one more set of four matches to go to bring us to a Sweet 16–some of those will be blow-outs, while others could be more interesting.  So, for this week:

High-Brow vs. Low-Brow Horror

Come All Ye Witchfinders!

Possessions ‘R Us!

Strong Leading Ladies

Same rules as always–a week to vote in the above polls, and we’ll see where we’re at in another week!

Link Dump, Early April

I don’t do this as often as I would like, but here are some more cool exploitation/B-movie/old horror movie posts I’ve enjoyed lately.   I enjoy reading other posts on films that I might like to cover in this blog, and calling out some quality posts on this end of the cinema pool seems a good way to keep interest going in these sorts of films. Also, I’ve recently discovered the “re-blog” feature here in WordPress, so fellow WP users who do fine posts will find their stuff re-blogged in my “Quick Takes” section at left.

First things first: Starburst informs us that the first three seasons of Airwolf–the only ones that matter are now on DVD! I loved this show back in the day, no Saturday night was complete without the family gathered around the tube watching more mid-80s Cold War hijinx ensue from a super-chopper run by some shadowy secret organization.  I had forgotten that star Jan-Michael Vincent, whose alcoholism got the better of his career, was also in Lassie and the Danger Island segment of “The Banana Splits Adventure Hour.”

Secondly, Midnight Cinephile takes on the incredibly odd Troma flick, Video Demons Do Psychotown (1989). Bottom line:

Essentially a murder mystery, combined with a haunted house story, combined with a tale of psychics and witches, combined with a slasher film, topped off with some possession undertones and a general sense of strangeness.

Looks like the good folks at Troma put this flick on YouTube in its entirety a while back when they did the same for a hundred-plus of their back catalog:

Thirdly, having just watched Witchfinder General (1968) not so long ago, I was very keen to see Church of Splatterday Saints review Mark of the Devil (1970), which cashes in on the success of the Vincent Price classic, but with more gory violence.  As much as I enjoyed Witchfinder, I think I expected more explicit violence from it–Mark of the Devil fills that niche nicely.

Also, check out this recent interview with Michael Armstrong, who directed Mark of the Devil:

Fourthly, the “animals-on-the-loose” ripoff of Jaws entry goes to Dogs (1976) (H/T Outpost Zeta), with David McCallum.

Fifthly, Horror-Movies.ca has a nice list of seven underrated apocalypse movies that you should check out. I love this list because some unexpected stuff–way outside conventional horror fare shows up. Click through to see the rationale for including these, but here are the trailers–I’ll be (re-) watching these soon.  While you’re at it, check out the first half of a profile of the great Mario Bava here.

The 1992 version of the "Plan 9 From Outer Space" video game

The 1992 version of the “Plan 9 From Outer Space” video game

Fifthly, Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) will again be adapted as a video game. The first adaptation was about 20 years ago for Atari ST and Amiga.  I believe Plan 9 was the only one of Ed Wood’s movie to be adapted into both a video game and a porn flick (and oddly, within about a year of one another!)

Plan 9: The Porn! (1993)

Plan 9: The Porn! (1993)

Sixthly, Horrorpedia takes on a couple fun and schlocky flicks: Kiss of the Vampirethe 1963 version of Hammer’s Christopher Lee-less Dracula sequel and Fred Olen Ray’s Star Slammer (1989), featuring reclycled footage from two other must-sees: The Deadly Spawn (1983) and Battle Beyond the Stars (1980). Any re-uses of these gems must be epic.

Lastly, 3S Horror reviews another Troma masterpiece, Lust For Freedom (1987).  Pretty standard 80s women-in-prison fare, with a couple decent one-liners:

I’ve been knocked down and insulted. I’m hot and dirty. I’m calling it a day.

Cops were dying all over the place and all I could do was act like a woman. I knew my days as a cop were over.

I saw your girlfriend french kissing a donkey on the reservation.

More linkage coming in mid-April!