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WITCHFINDER GENERAL (1968)

WITCHFINDER GENERAL <span>(1968)</span> artwork

WITCHFINDER GENERAL (1968)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 83

Release dates 01/09/2003, 22/10/2001, 06/03/2000, 27/11/1995, 01/01/1992, 23/03/1990

Ratings Info Contains strong violence and execution scenes

Genre(s) Horror, Drama

Director(s) Michael Reeves

Cast includes Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy, Rupert Davies, Patrick Wymark, Hilary Dwyer, Wilfrid Brambell, Robert Russell, Nicky Henson, Tony Selby, Bernard Kay, Godfrey James, Michael Beint, John Treneman, Bill Maxwell, Morris Jar, Maggie Kimberly, Philip Waddilove

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Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 04/10/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

WITCHFINDER GENERAL is a British historical horror drama, made in 1968, about the witch hunts led by Matthew Hopkins during the English Civil War.

Threat

Hopkins and his men torture and interrogate several people who they accuse of being witches. We see a woman being gripped around the throat as she is interrogated, as well as a small knife being stuck into flesh. Some blood is shown but with no focus on injuries. Elsewhere in the film, people are dunked into water. The focus is on the psychological nature of the torture, rather than on physical detail.

There are several execution scenes, including hangings and a woman being burned at the stake. These scenes feature a strong sense of threat, and brief sight of the dead bodies. However, as with the torture scenes, the focus is on people being terrorised rather than on physical or visual detail.

Violence

There is some strong violence, including a man being hit several times with an axe. There is some blood on his clothes, but no clear sight of any injuries.

Further issues include mild bad language, such as 'bastard' and 'bitch', and a sex scene where the focus is on a couple's faces as they kiss and roll around in bed, with nudity implied but not shown in any detail.

Details

Title
WITCHFINDER GENERAL
Also known as
THE CONQUEROR WORMEDGAR ALLAN POE'S CONQUEROR WORMMATTHEW HOPKINS: WITCHFINDER GENERAL
Year
1968
Formats
DVD, Cinema
Distributor(s)
Metrodome Distribution,Target International,Showbox Media Group Ltd,Redemption Films Ltd,Prism Leisure Corp PLC,Cinema Club,Castle Vision,Castle Pictures Ltd,BFI Films
Classified date(s)
04/10/2013
Main language
English
BBFC reference
AZF042868

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