Blood on Satan's Claw details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Tamara Ustinov, Anthony Ainley, Robin Davies, Michele Dotrice, Howard Goorney, James Hayter, Avice Landone, Charlotte Mitchell, Wendy Padbury, Simon Williams, Barry Andrews, Patrick Wymark, Linda Hayden|
Blood on Satan's Claw
|Run time:||1 hour 32 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 Jan 2004|
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Brilliant!!By wikkidsmyle (438 reviews) from Newmarket , 04 Oct 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]Anchor Bay yet again does its TLC work on one of the best British 70's horror films from the Tigon stables (best known for 'Witchfinder General'). 'The Blood on Satan's Claw' is set in the C17th and the recreation of the era (on a low budget) is quite awesome. Piers Haggard's direction and Dick Bush's cinematography is little short of genius, as is Marc Wilkinson's jabbing soundtrack. Patrick Wymark (in his next but last film before his death) gives a towering performance as 'The Judge' and the sultry Linda Hayden is all sex and malevolence as 'Angel Blake', the leader of the gang attempting to give Satan his skin. Pretty graphic for its time, it still provides enough genuine chills that many Hammer films would sell their grandmothers for. A lost classic that deserves viewing: and the League of Gentlemen love it too...
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What a cracker!By Pale (94 reviews) from LONDON , 03 Jan 2013Just looking at the cover, you know this is going to be a sleazy/cheesy 70s Hammer-style offering. HOWEVER, if that's your bag, I don't reckon they get much better than this. NOT one to watch with your parents! This includes some well risque subject material which I think would be prohibited these days. And there are a few familiar faces of actors 'before they were famous'. BEST OF THE GENRE, IMO.
Blood on Satan's ClawBy a customer , 03 Apr 2012Very creepy. It cleverly uses atmosphere, music and make up, making an overall very creepy, unforgettable film. I'd highly recommend it.
Not quite as red blooded as it wants to beBy brockfal (56 reviews) from London , 14 Sep 2011This is a good example of 1970's British Horror,Well filmed with a good sense of period a lot of atmosphere, and good performances, however, it lacks the punch of The Wicker Man or Witchinder General and ends up being only occassionally creepy, plus the story does meander somewhat.....so although this worth seeing, I didn't rate
it as highly as some.
British 70s Horror at its BestBy MrLumpy (15 reviews) from Exeter , 18 Aug 2011Can be seen as part of a triumvirate that also includes The Witchfinder General and The Wicker Man, and is easily as good as these two. Piers Haggard does a great job at directing this period piece, and the cinematography from Dick Bush (known mainly for his work with Ken Russell) is exemplary, and there is some fine (almost Shakespearean) acting from Patrick Wymark, Linda Hayden, and Michelle Dotrice.
In 1971 this was probably as gruesome and sexy as it got, but you just have to suspend your modern tastes and enjoy this for what it is, good old fashioned British horror with a decent story, great costumes and mis en scene, fine acting, and excellent photography, editing and directing.
Just think of Jon Pertwee era Dr Who for adults (A 1970s Torchwood?)
If you like the Wicker Man, watch thisBy DoctorWho (118 reviews) from Epping , 15 Aug 2011I had never heard of this film until I saw Mark Gatiss's programme about the history of horror films. I was sufficiently impressed from what I saw that I decided to rent it.
It arrived just before we went on holiday to France, so we took it and a DVD player with us and watched it.
It is an excellent 'Folk Horror'. The Direction and Camera work is impressive and interesting. Much of the camera work is set low down, near the ground, especially when the action is in the fields.
Doctor Who fans will recognise Wendy Padbury, who a few years earlier played the part of Zoe Herriot, certainly one of the Doctor's most glamorous companions. Anthony Ainley also stars as the local clergyman, years later he played 'The Master' in Doctor Who. There is also an appearance from Michelle Dotrice, who a few years later became famous for being Frank Spencer's long suffering wife.
I don't really want to give anything more away than that, except if you like Horror Films of the 60s/70s, then you should definitely watch this. It isn't made by Hammer, but it if you like Hammer or Amicus films, you will probably like this too. I think it was made by Tigon, and is probably the best of their output that I have seen.
It's not as good as the Wicker Man (original version of course!), but if you liked that you should definitely watch this.