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The Blood on Satan's Claw$
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David Evans-Powell

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781800348349

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781800348349.001.0001

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(p.9) Introduction
The Blood on Satan's Claw

David Evans-Powell

Liverpool University Press

This chapter outlines the rationale for the monograph, explaining how and where The Blood on Satan’s Claw sits alongside Witchfinder General and The Wicker Man (often collectively termed the ‘unholy trinity’ amongst folk horror commentators). It places the film centrally within the ‘unholy trinity’ and within the folk horror tradition through references to Mark Gatiss’ appraisal of the film in his 2010 television series A History of Horror. It suggests that Satan’s Claw has received far less critical appreciation and sustained textual analysis than the other two films and concludes with a statement of intent that the monograph intends to rectify this imbalance.

Keywords:   unholy trinity, folk horror, Mark Gatiss, A History of Horror

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