Over at the Movie Morlocks we’re celebrating TCM’s decision to showcase Hammer horror films every Friday night during the month of October with a blogathon. All week long my colleges have been writing about some of their favorite Hammer movies and today I shared some thoughts about the occult thriller The Witches (1966), which features the accomplished award winning actress Joan Fontaine in her last film role. The Witches inspired many better known British horror films such as The Devil Rides Out (1968), Blood On Satan’s Claw (1971) and The Wicker Man (1973) but it’s not as well-known as the films that it influenced. Please visit the Movie Morlocks to read my lengthy appreciation of The Witches.
As a bonus treat I’ve also compiled a Flickr Gallery of images from The Witches but WARNING! tread carefully because you’ll find lots of “spoilers” in my Flickr Gallery.
On a side note; I was really disappointed to learn that one of Hammer’s best directors, the talented Roy Ward Baker, recently died. Baker directed many of my favorite Hammer films including Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (’71), The Vampire Lovers (’70) and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (’74) as well as the excellent Marilyn Monroe feature, Don’t Bother To Knock (’52) and two great Amicus productions; Asylum (1972) and The Vault of Horror (1973) as well as many other movies and television series including The Avengers and The Saint.