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Author Topic: Witchfinder General (Michael Reeves, 1968)  (Read 14431 times)

LANZETTA

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Re: Witchfinder General (Michael Reeves, 1968)
« Reply #15 on: 27 Sep 2007 - 22:17 »

I can understand why this has such a huge reputation especially as i saw previously unseen extremely violent and disturbing footage on the recent documentary about British cinema.But with no supernatural elements,Vincent Price not camping it up this movie doesn't seem like a horror fim in the normal sense of the word though obviously  the reality upon which its based was probably more horrific than any movie.

I absolutely adore Reeves follow up,BLOOD ON SATANS CLAW though. ;)
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Re: Witchfinder General (Michael Reeves, 1968)
« Reply #16 on: 27 Sep 2007 - 22:46 »

Reeves didn't direct CLAW, you mean the similarities?
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Re: Witchfinder General (Michael Reeves, 1968)
« Reply #17 on: 27 Sep 2007 - 23:00 »

I think WITCHFINDER was Reeves last film before he killed himself, sadly.
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LANZETTA

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Re: Witchfinder General (Michael Reeves, 1968)
« Reply #18 on: 27 Sep 2007 - 23:04 »

Reeves didn't direct CLAW, you mean the similarities?
Damnit i put my foot in it again.

I must've been thinking about Jonathan Rigby's book where i think he referred to CLAW as being the studios sequel and not the director. ???

I'll check.
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Re: Witchfinder General (Michael Reeves, 1968)
« Reply #19 on: 27 Sep 2007 - 23:04 »

Yes, he only did three if I remember correctly, THE SORCERORS, NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST (I think this is the name) and WITCHFINDER. And I think he had something to do with another movie, CRYPT OF HORROR or TERROR or something to that effect. Never seen any of his other films outside of WITCHFINDER.
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Re: Witchfinder General (Michael Reeves, 1968)
« Reply #20 on: 27 Sep 2007 - 23:05 »

Reeves didn't direct CLAW, you mean the similarities?
Damnit i put my foot in it again.

I must've been thinking about Jonathan Rigby's book where i think he referred to CLAW as being the studios sequel and not the director. ???

I'll check.

It wasn't a sequel but riding the coattails of the success of the Reeves film. BTW, I got a nice new copy of that book in the mail a couple of days ago. I hear it's getting pretty hard to come by now.
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LANZETTA

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Re: Witchfinder General (Michael Reeves, 1968)
« Reply #21 on: 27 Sep 2007 - 23:06 »

I think WITCHFINDER was Reeves last film before he killed himself, sadly.
At risk of making a bigger fool of myself didn't Reeves direct the film with Boris Karloff (and mad wife) mind controlling Ian Ogilvy?
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Re: Witchfinder General (Michael Reeves, 1968)
« Reply #22 on: 27 Sep 2007 - 23:08 »

That's the SORCERERS movie from '67. I haven't seen it.
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LANZETTA

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Re: Witchfinder General (Michael Reeves, 1968)
« Reply #23 on: 27 Sep 2007 - 23:10 »

Reeves didn't direct CLAW, you mean the similarities?
Damnit i put my foot in it again.

I must've been thinking about Jonathan Rigby's book where i think he referred to CLAW as being the studios sequel and not the director. ???

I'll check.

It wasn't a sequel but riding the coattails of the success of the Reeves film. BTW, I got a nice new copy of that book in the mail a couple of days ago. I hear it's getting pretty hard to come by now.
I picked up mine fairly cheaply from Amazon earlier ths year.Earlier this evening i was eyeing up a book called HONG KONG ACTION CINEMA on there for about £4.

BTW did you get Sothcotts CULT FILMS OF CHRISTOPHER LEE in th end?
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Re: Witchfinder General (Michael Reeves, 1968)
« Reply #24 on: 27 Sep 2007 - 23:12 »

Not yet. Is that the Bey Logan book? It's a superb read! It has a brief chapter on Shaw's but it's mostly about films from the mid 80s through the 90s. Still very informative and lots of color stills. There are some mistakes in the Shaw section however, but it's hard to nail down accurate info considering they did so many movies and they haven't seen since there original releases until now.
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LANZETTA

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Re: Witchfinder General (Michael Reeves, 1968)
« Reply #25 on: 27 Sep 2007 - 23:16 »

Not yet. Is that the Bey Logan book? It's a superb read! It has a brief chapter on Shaw's but it's mostly about films from the mid 80s through the 90s. Still very informative and lots of color stills. There are some mistakes in the Shaw section however, but it's hard to nail down accurate info considering they did so many movies and they haven't seen since there original releases until now.
Yes its Logans book but ideally i was hoping for a book specialising in the Shaw movies but maybe that book doesn't exist yet.I'll have to twist the missus's arm. :D
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Re: Witchfinder General (Michael Reeves, 1968)
« Reply #26 on: 27 Sep 2007 - 23:41 »

The Sorcerers is a great film and really showed of Reeve's potential, he was due to make THE OBLONG BOX before his untimely death.
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Re: Witchfinder General (Michael Reeves, 1968)
« Reply #27 on: 28 Sep 2007 - 02:53 »

Not yet. Is that the Bey Logan book? It's a superb read! It has a brief chapter on Shaw's but it's mostly about films from the mid 80s through the 90s. Still very informative and lots of color stills. There are some mistakes in the Shaw section however, but it's hard to nail down accurate info considering they did so many movies and they haven't seen since there original releases until now.
Yes its Logans book but ideally i was hoping for a book specialising in the Shaw movies but maybe that book doesn't exist yet.I'll have to twist the missus's arm. :D

There are a couple that feature lots of Shaw flicks with plentiful pics but these are from Ric Meyers the good buddy of Tomas Weisser so that should speak volumes. I got to see Ric up close and personal at that convention a few weeks back.
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Re: Witchfinder General (Michael Reeves, 1968)
« Reply #28 on: 28 Sep 2007 - 08:46 »

The Sorcerers is a great film and really showed of Reeve's potential

My favorite Amicus film,always loved this.
I've got the Italian dvd on Gargoyle Video/MS which has the Italian dub as well as the normal English track,nice to hear it in Italian :'(

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LANZETTA

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Re: Witchfinder General (Michael Reeves, 1968)
« Reply #29 on: 28 Sep 2007 - 13:23 »

Reeves didn't direct CLAW, you mean the similarities?
I must've been thinking about Jonathan Rigby's book where i think he referred to CLAW as being the studios sequel and not the director. ???

I'll check.
Yes with reference to the new trend of actresses having to drop their knickers in the early 1970's i quote "despite his scepticism regarding the new commercial requirements, Piers Haggard was able to turn them to his advantage,mining a richly disturbing seam of twisted eroticism for a film which Tigon envisaged as a belated follow-up to Witchfinder General "

I rewatched my SORCERERS dvd today which includes a good documentary about Michael Reeves films and i'd sure like to see his RETURN OF THE BLOOD BEAST.
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