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The Witches (1966)

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British quad.

British quad.

Also known as:

The Devil's Own


Joan Fontaine Gwen Mayfield
Kay Walsh Stephanie Bax
Alec McCowen Alan Bax
Duncan Lamont Bob Curd
Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies Granny Rigg

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Status: In Release

Category: Film

Release date: November 21, 1966 (UK - Theatrical)

Genre: Occult Horror

Country of origin: UK | USA

Language: English

Running time: 89 mins

Directed by: Cyril Frankel

Written by: Nigel Kneale

Produced by: Anthony Nelson Keys

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Following a nervous breakdown, Gwen Mayfield (Fontaine) takes up the job of head teacher in the small village of Haddaby. There she can benefit from the tranquillity and peace, enabling her to recover fully. But under the facade of idyllic country life she slowly unearths the frightening reality of village life in which the inhabitants are followers of a menacing satanic cult with the power to inflict indiscriminate evil and death if crossed.

Adapted by Nigel Kneale from the novel by Norah Lofts (aka Peter Curtis).


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18 Dec 2013, 5:26pm

I post this again for It didn't work the first time, so sorry if this question is listed twice. Once I saw this movie at the BBC and rememberd different music that was playing while the filmcredits started this movie. First you get the "voodoo' introduction and then come the credits. Under the tekst one sees boiling red clouds with mysterious music. Somewhat similar to Voodoo-music (Hollywood/Hammer style) mixed with Stravinski's Rite of Spring. But when I look at a youtube version the music is different to what I remembered from the BBC-version. The Youtube version (problably also the DVD-version) is the same but soft, and almost television-tune like. But the BBC-version as I remember it was like this one however much heavier orchestrated almost Wagner/Beethoven mixed with the same music but harder. Much more threatening. Sometimes movies have been altered, depending for wich market they were released. Does anyone know something about the leadermusic? Are there more versions? I think the youtube version is nice, but the one in my memory was much more HammerHorror-like.