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The Blood on Satan's Claw

David Evans-Powell

Abstract

Widely regarded as one of the foundational 'Unholy Trinity' of folk horror film, The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971) has been comparatively over-shadowed, if not maligned, when compared to Witchfinder General (1968) and The Wicker Man (1973). While those horror bedfellows are now accepted as classics of British cinema, Piers Haggard's film remains undervalued, ironically so, given that it was Haggard who coined the term 'folk horror' in relation to his film. In this Devil's Advocate - the first monograph dedicated solely to an analysis of the film, and released to coincide with the 50th anniversa ... More

Keywords: folk horror, Piers Haggard, landscape, Seventeenth Century, English identity, counterculture, nature, localism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781800348349
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781800348349.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Evans-Powell, author
University of Birmingham