A corrupt opportunist commits brutal crimes in the name of God and country in this atmospheric period horror tale. In 17th century England, as a people's uprising threatens Lord Cromwell's rule, superstition still rules the land, and the Royalists use this to their advantage by inaugurating a reign of terror in the name of wiping out alleged witches and agents of the dark arts. Matthew Hopkins (Vincent Price) has been appointed "witchfinder" by Puritan Royalists, and with the help of his thuggish assistant Stearne (Robert Russell), Hopkins travels from town to town, brutally interrogating those accused of witchcraft and using fire, drowning, and torture to extract "confessions" from the accused. Of course, Hopkins' opinions can be swayed with money and other considerations, and when Father Lowes (Rupert Davies), a priest whose sympathies do not lie with the Royalists, is arrested and tortured by Hopkins and Stearne, his devoted niece Sarah (Hilary Dwyer) is able to stay his punishment by sleeping with Hopkins. Sarah, however, is engaged to marry Marshall (Ian Ogilvy), a soldier in Cromwell's army, and once Marshall learns that the woman he loves has been seduced by Hopkins -- and raped by Stearne -- he becomes determined to expose the witchfinder and punish him for his misdeeds. Witchfinder General was released in the United States by American International Pictures, who in addition to arranging for Vincent Price to play Matthew Hopkins, changed the North American title to The Conqueror Worm, after a poem by Edgar Allan Poe which was read over the credits by Price, though the story bears no real relation to Poe's work.
Disc #1 -- Witchfinder General 1. Witch Hanging/Main Titles [4:35] 2. Skirmish [5:43] 3. Marriage Consent [4:27] 4. Early to Bed [2:05] 5. The Lord's Work [3:23] 6. Corrupted by Satan [5:14] 7. Strange Motives [3:49] 8. The Spy [3:17] 9. Confess! [2:01] 10. Stearne in Charge [2:36] 11. Due Process [5:16] 12. The Awful Truth [6:36] 13. At Your Service [4:06] 14. He's After Us [2:39] 15. Leave of Absence [1:24] 16. Extermination Business [2:28] 17. Female Ungodliness [3:20] 18. Scoldier's Missions [:08] 19. Witch Burning [1:31] 20. Witchfinder General [3:36] 21. Accused [4:57] 22. Torture [2:06] 23. No Mercy [3:43] 24. End Titles [3:02]
Disc #1 -- Witchfinder General Play Movie Language Selection Audio English Mono Audio Commentary With Producer Philip Waddilove and Actor Ian Ogilvy Subtitles English Spanish French None Scene Selection Special Features Audio Commentary With Producer Philip Waddilove and Actor Ian Ogilvy: On/Off Witchfinder General: Michael Reeves' Horror Classic
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More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Even though I also enjoy Vincent Price's campy horror films, I enjoyed seeing him in this unique and more serious role. Lots of violence, but set in a pretty countryside setting and good acting. I think this is one of Vincent Price's best performances. Check it out!
More than 1 year ago
A Gothic horror tale of the witchfinding business that was prevalent in England during the 16th century. Vincent Price is perfectly cast as Matthew Hopkins, the self-proclaimed witchfinder general, who along with his brutal sidekick, Stern, roam the English countryside preying on people's fears about the horrors of allowing witches to live. Unfortunately, all of the women that are hanged and brutally tortured are innocent, since Price and his lecherous sidekick do not get paid until the ''Lord's work is done''. After hanging a priest and raping a young english lady, Price runs afoul of her soldier fiance' and the search for revenge begins with the soldier in hot pursuit. Several more gruesome executions of innocent women follow before the solider mutilates Price and rearranges the face of his sidekick Stern in the process. Gory, but very well acted and fast moving. Not for the squeamish and youngsters.