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Witchfinder General (Screening)

Novelist Martina Devlin, author of The House Where It Happened, a ghost story inspired by Ireland's only mass witchcraft trial, introduces the classic movie: Witchfinder General


England is torn in civil strife as the Royalists battle the Parliamentary Party for control. This conflict distracts people from rational thought and allows unscrupulous men to gain local power by exploiting village superstitions. One of these men is Matthew Hopkins, who tours the land offering his services as a persecutor of witches. Aided by his sadistic accomplice John Stearne, he travels from city to city and wrenches confessions from "witches" in order to line his pockets and gain sexual favors. When Hopkins persecutes a priest, he incurs the wrath of Richard Marshall, who is engaged to the priest's niece. Risking treason by leaving his military duties, Marshall relentlessly pursues the evil Hopkins and his minion Stearne.

STARRING:

Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy, Rupert Davies

1968

86 minutes

cert 15

DIRECTED BY:

Michael Reeves


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