Friday, January 6, 2017

WITCHFINDER GENERAL / Tigon British Film Productions, AIP - 1968

It's Friday and do you know what that means?.. Me neither, so, here another movie starring Dungeon god, Vincent Price. The story is written by Tom Baker and Michael Reeves goes like this... England is torn in civil strife as the Royalists battle the Parliamentary Party for control. The 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, played by Vinnie, who roams the land offering his services as a persecutor of witches and is aided by his sadistic accomplice, John Stearne. Hopkins 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 and risks treason by leaving his military duties. Marshall relentlessly pursues Hopkins til the bitter end.

This movie has a ton of alternative titles including THE CONQUEROR WORM.

I don't exactly know why, but, this movie bores the Hell out of me, I just lose interest quickly.

Ian (THE DAY THE FISH CAME OUT) Ogilvy plays good guy Richard Marshall. Here he is with his military pals, then, he visits his fiancee at her uncle's place.

Here are Matthew Hopkins and his sadistic helper, John Stearne, roaming the countryside, looking for more helpers to aid them in their witch finding efforts...

I threw this shot in because I love British country scenes. When I was a kid I spent time out at my uncle's house in the country. About a half mile away was a large area of trees that fascinated me and I would day dream about walking around there... Kids!!

Here's a nice shot of Vinnie as he contimplates his next devilish move... You dirty dog!

Here, Hopkins uses his power to satisfy his carnal needs!.. You dirty pig!

Hopkins goes too far and and hangs a priest, who happens to be the uncle of Richard's fiancee. This turns out to be a big mistake by Hopkins because Richard is now coming for him!

Richard is searching for Hopkins and comes across a fisherman with the White Cliffs of Dover in the background, nice!

Later, Hopkins takes Richard and his fiancee to a castle that has a special Torture Dungeon! But, Richard is able to kick his way out of his predicament.

In a wild scene, Richard uses his spur to take out Reeves, then, he turns his focus on Hopkins!

Well, good old Hopkins gets a number of ax whacks in the back and eventually goes down for the count... Vinnie will rise from the grave and return to star in his next production, SPIRITS OF THE DEAD!

Welp, it's a sad ending with lives torn apart... The good news is that we're back tomorrow with something special from Eegah!! - Here at The Dungeon!!

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