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Witchfinder General

Ian Cooper

Abstract

Witchfinder General (1968), known as The Conqueror Worm in America, was directed by Michael Reeves and occupies a unique place in British cinema. Equally praised and vilified, the film fictionalizes the exploits of Matthew Hopkins, a prolific, real-life ‘witch hunter’, during the English Civil War. For critic Mark Kermode, the release proved to be ‘the single most significant horror film produced in the United Kingdom in the 1960s’, while playwright Alan Bennett called the work ‘the most persistently sadistic and rotten film I've ever seen’. Steadily gaining a cult reputation, unimpeded by the ... More

Keywords: Michael Reeves, British cinema, horror film, witch hunter, English Civil War, British film, Hammer gothic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781906733513
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906733513.001.0001

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Ian Cooper, author

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