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      The Devil's Own

      1966 1h 31m Horror List
      70% Tomatometer 10 Reviews 31% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Gwen Mayfield (Joan Fontaine) suffers a mental collapse after a showdown with a witch doctor while performing missionary work in Africa. Once she recuperates, she starts teaching at a private school in England and gets to know Linda (Ingrid Brett), one of her students. Linda's boyfriend claims that there is a cult that is going to sacrifice her, and Gwen begins to investigate the wild rumors. This leads her to a confrontation with powerful cult leader Stephanie Bax (Kay Walsh). Read More Read Less

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      Eddie Harrison film-authority.com …The Witches is a rare entry for Hammer in that it does offer rare, straight-laced credulity about the dangers of witchcraft rather than knowing commercial calculation… deserves to be more than a footnote in several illustrious careers… Rated: 3/5 Dec 2, 2023 Full Review Alberto Abuín Espinof 'The Witches' is estimated as a whole, either by the description of the inhabitants of the town, or by approaching the psychological thriller. [Full Review in Spanish] Aug 23, 2019 Full Review Chris Alexander Alexander On Film THE WITCHES is no pandering horror-hagsploitation potboiler. It's something far more evolved and interesting Apr 8, 2019 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy The juxtaposition of satanic rituals practiced against the backdrop of a picturesque English countryside gives this film its unique edge. Rated: 3/4 Mar 30, 2019 Full Review MFB Critics Monthly Film Bulletin After a crude opening sequence of poor Joan Fontaine being frightened out of her wits by a prancing witch-doctor in an African hut, this very enjoyable thriller settles down more calmly to make good use of Nigel Kneale's highly literate script. Mar 3, 2019 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 15, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Mat L Delightful horror/thriller boasting a top-notch performance by raspy voiced Fontaine in her best form. If Agatha Christie and Roman Polanski (circa Rosemary's baby) had collaborated. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/12/23 Full Review dave s Despite the decent production values that you'd expect from a Hammer release, The Devil's Own is a bit of a bland affair. After Gwen Mayfield (Joan Fontaine) has a nervous breakdown as the result of being tormented by an African witch doctor, she finds herself in a quaint English village, teaching in the local school. Before you know it, she suspects the locals of being witches, all of whom are preparing to sacrifice a virgin in a black magic ritual. Or are they? The opening scene is odd, what follows is all a bit boring, but the ending is something that needs to be seen to be believed. What was undoubtedly intended to be horrifying is actually laugh-out-loud hilarious, a total misfire of a climax. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Much much better than you’d expect! A little bit Wicker Man and a lot of fun. The ritual at the end is campy and weird and gloriously sexual (it doesn’t take much imagination to see sexual fetishes in the writhing cult members). And Joan gives a very admirable performance. And how sad that a film with a beautiful 48 yr old woman is called ‘hagsploitation’. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 10/13/22 Full Review Audience Member Good movie to watch just a bit corny at the witches sacrifice ritual part scratch that when i said a bit corny the ritual sacrifice part was hella corny but it is a good movie to watch id recommend it also watch it with your family see what they think Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Joan Fontaine goes the Hagsploitation route in the slow-moving Hammer horror film with a silly-looking monster. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review paul b Classic Hammer folk-horror albeit one with an ending routinely copied & adapted over the years. Some excellent moments built on paranoia & a feeling of isolation as a school teacher begins to think that life in a quaint English country village isn't all as it appears to be. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Gwen Mayfield (Joan Fontaine) suffers a mental collapse after a showdown with a witch doctor while performing missionary work in Africa. Once she recuperates, she starts teaching at a private school in England and gets to know Linda (Ingrid Brett), one of her students. Linda's boyfriend claims that there is a cult that is going to sacrifice her, and Gwen begins to investigate the wild rumors. This leads her to a confrontation with powerful cult leader Stephanie Bax (Kay Walsh).
      Director
      Cyril Frankel
      Producer
      Anthony Nelson Keys
      Screenwriter
      Nigel Kneale
      Production Co
      Hammer Film Productions Limited, Seven Arts Pictures
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Nov 25, 2003
      Runtime
      1h 31m