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Witchfinder General

Witchfinder General

Witchfinder General

1968 / 86min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: MICHAEL REEVES

CAST: VINCENT PRICE, VINCENT PRICE, IAN OGILVY, IAN OGILVY, RUPERT DAVIES, RUPERT DAVIES

Before his death at age 25 robbed British cinema of a future MVP (see The Sorcerers), Reeves gave Vincent Price, then mostly busy camping it up, the role of a lifetime, that of the witch hunter Matthew Hopkins, a sadist who gives vent to his sexual impulses under the guise of Puritan purification. A sort of East Anglia Western in English Civil War guise, with Ian Ogilvy as the young Roundhead soldier who finally faces off with the imperious, unchallenged Hopkins.