Director: Piers Haggard.
Starring: Patrick Wymark, Linda Hayden, Michele Dotrice. UK 1971. 97 mins.
It’s rural 18th-century Britain and a furry, one-eyed skull found in a field leads to all manner of evil mayhem, starting with a local toff amputating his own hand – which has turned into a claw – after his fiancée goes bonkers in the attic. Things get considerably worse as the local teens, led by Angel Blake (Hayden), engage in unspeakable satanic rituals. Something of a companion piece to better-known British horrors such as The Wicker Man and Witchfinder General, this previously neglected example of what’s recently been dubbed the folk-horror genre does not disappoint. Familiar British thesp faces include Michele Dotrice, Doctor Who alumni Wendy Padbury and Anthony Ainley, and Patrick Wymark as the perplexed judge who is the film’s nearest thing to a hero.
21.00Vintage Sundays: Classic films back on the big screen where they belong.
A Warning To The Curious: This film screens as part of A Warning To The Curious:
Ghost Stories for Christmas, a season of films
inspired by M R James and Charles Dickens.