Witchfinder General

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Main Details

  • Released in 1968
  • Black and White
  • Running Time: 86 min
  • Production Co: Tigon British Film Productions | American International Productions
  • Distribution Co: American International Pictures (AIP)
  • Directed by Michael Reeves
  • Written by Tom Baker, Michael Reeves, Ronald Bassett (novel), Louis M. Heyward (additional scenes), and Edgar Allan Poe (poem "The Conqueror Worm")
  • Starring Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy, Rupert Davies
  • Produced by Louis M. Heyward, Arnold L. Miller, and Philip Waddilove
  • Original Music by Paul Ferris and Kendall Schmidt (US version)
  • Cinematography by John Coquillon
  • Film Editing by Howard Lanning

Plot Summary

  • A young soldier seeks to put an end to the evils caused by a vicious witch-hunter when the latter terrorizes his fiancée and kills her uncle.

Also Known As

  • Blodiga snaran, Den (Sweden)
  • Caçador de Bruxas, O (Brazil)
  • Cuando las brujas arden (Mexico)
  • Edgar Allan Poe's Conqueror Worm (USA)
  • Grand inquisiteur, Le (France)
  • Grande inquisitore, Il (Italy)
  • Hexenjäger, Der (West Germany)
  • Matthew Hopkins: Conqueror Worm (USA) (alternative title)
  • Matthew Hopkins: Witchfinder General (USA)
  • Noidantappajat (Finland)
  • Robak zwyciezca (Poland)
  • The Conqueror Worm (USA)


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