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Blood On Satan's Claw [1971] [DVD]

Patrick Wymark , Linda Hayden , Piers Haggard    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patrick Wymark, Linda Hayden, Barry Andrews, Michele Dotrice, Wendy Padbury
  • Directors: Piers Haggard
  • Writers: Piers Haggard, Robert Wynne-Simmons
  • Producers: Malcolm Heyworth, Peter L. Andrews, Tony Tenser
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jan 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000163SAW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,923 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Classic British horror directed by Piers Haggard. In a 17th-Century English village, a ploughman discovers the skeletal remains of a demonic creature. Soon after the remains are discovered, they go missing again, which hampers the investigations of the local judge (Patrick Wymark). Meanwhile, strange events are beginning to occur in the village: a young woman inexplicably goes insane and her fiance is later found cutting off his own hand, believing it to have turned into a hideous claw. Then a cult of teenage devil-worshippers emerges, led by beautiful temptress Angel Blake (Linda Hayden), which involves children performing blood sacrifices to bring the skeletal demon back to life...

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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Tigon masterpiece 15 Aug 2005
**** few slight spoilers ****
BOSC, emerged from the legendary Tigon stable shortly after the brilliant Witchfinder General which, in many aspects, it resembles and to which it can be justifiably regarded as a companion piece. Similarly set in 17th century England, BOSC also explores rural pagan beliefs and practices. Here though, the roles are most definitely reversed. Whilst Matthew Hopkins was a monster and the alleged witches he persecuted largely innocent, in BOSC, the judge/witchfinder, superbly played by Patrick Wymark (Cromwell in Witchfinder General) in his final performance, is very much the hero. At first sceptical that the black arts retain any power, Wymark comes to accept the reality of evil made incarnate and meets it head on in the stunning climax (watch out for the inspired freeze-frame effect that has been often imitated but never bettered). The ambiguity, up until to the final sequence, as to whether the fiend really exists or is merely mass hysteria, is cleverly developed and reinforced by scenes such as only Peter alone witnessing the horrific transformation of his fiancée and, of course, the famous 'hand' sequence.
Admittedly, in places, the story feels slightly fragmentary (the commentary option explains how the screenplay developed from three separate stories), the overall effect, though, is utterly compelling and, perhaps strangely given the grim subject matter, utterly beautiful. The camerawork, courtesy of the splendidly named Dick Bush, is the stuff of genius. Look out for unusual and inventive camera angles and several extended scenes, obviously completed in one masterful shot.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Skin Deep 30 Oct 2013
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Also released as Satan's Skin, Blood on Satan's Claw belongs to that small group of British films which Mark Gatiss defined as "folk horror". Its peers are 1968′s Witchfinder General and 1973′s The Wicker Man, the latter of which is probably the most well-known, with Satan's Claw coming in third. What they have in common is their strong rural flavour, setting scenes of gruesome violence and terror amidst tranquil countryside.

Another, deeper commonality, however, is their themes of religious anxiety; each film shows a clash between spiritual ideas. In Witchfinder it was Christian puritanism against Catholicism, and in Wicker Man puritan- against paganism, while Satan's Claw pits Satanism against rationality. Whereas Witchfinder and Wicker Man were more grounded in realism, depicting all superstition as a savage force, the world of Satan's Claw contains the supernatural.

The story begins at a field in 17th century England where ploughman Ralph Gower (Barry Andrews) unearths a weird skull with one staring eyeball. He informs his sceptical master, the Judge (Patrick Wymark), but when they both arrive at the scene the skull has disappeared. Later, local girl Angel Blake (Linda Hayden) leads the village's children in a cult of sacrifice, where they're enslaved to a hooded monster.

Hayden should be better known as one of horror's greatest female stars. She is evil personified as the possessed Angel, a cruel and destructive force who in one scene tries to seduce a Reverend (Anthony Ainley). Hayden, even at the age of seventeen, was no stranger to sexually charged material, and bares all here. But more important than that is just how well she plays Angel. This is a chilling performance, filled with a White Witch-ian sadism.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Genuine Horror Classic worth buying 9 Mar 2011
It is a difficult task to review 'Blood On...' without mentioning The Wicker Man and Witchfinder General - two undisputed (and idiosyncratically English) masterpieces of British horror cinema, so I'll take it for granted that all readers of this have either seen, or know of, these films, and will thus be acquainted with: 'Folk Horror', period settings, puritanical and religious hypocrisy, moral ambiguity and subtly nihilistic undertones etc.

In my opinion, it is as good as either picture, and possibly better in some ways. What should be cliched and comical (dialogue, the haircuts, the ever-so-familiar construction of hypocritical and contemptuous figures in moral authority, such as the parson and judge) seems grounded and familiar, even authentic. Regardless of the historical accuracy of the film, it feels right, and looks right. 'Satan' could also have been laughable, but isn't at all - prefixed by occasional glimpses of his arm and an appearance in a text on witchcraft that Patrick Wymark studies doubtfully earlier in the film, you know what to expect. So, when the wonderfully twisted, palsied and grotesque face finally appears, it's unlikely that you'll be terrified, but again, it seems credible, believable and needed, a part of the 'terror in daylight' aspect of the picture that works so well, especially in ye olde idyllic, rustic context that frames the film.

The cast, made up almost entirely of actors whose CVs barely extend beyond extra roles in BBC dramas and the occasional Hammer film (Darius Shimon's exemplary booklet notes describe them as 'seasoned professionals...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute classic British horror
Always loved this film and the blu-ray version here is well worth buying. It is brilliantly filmed and takes you back to the 1700's, it just has that atmosphere to it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Smitbar11
5.0 out of 5 stars Smile on fans face
If you are a fan, as indeed I am, of classic british 60's and 70's horror films then this is a must. Lovingly restored to near perfect HD picture quality for blu-ray. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. David A. Skene
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood on Satan's Claw
A British horror film that I have seen translated into several foreign languages. Set in 15/16 century agricultural England, when witch craft was supposedly in its hey day
Published 3 months ago by Peter Brookman
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Horror
If you enjoyed the likes of The Wicker Man and Witchfinder General then you have to watch this! Basically, a towns children seem to get possessed by a/the devil and murderous... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bobrock_32
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Horror Show
By today's standards pretty ordinary fare but for the time a real shocker with good production values for the day.
Published 9 months ago by Joseph R. Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars Top rate folk horror - Angel Blake played by Linda Hayden is her...
Well what can I say about this film other than an absolute classic .... This is one of my favourite horror films of all
time and rates as No. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Richard Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars RE: Blu-Ray
Just Brilliant. The Colours just Shine out of the Screen. The Sound Is the Original Mono recording, And Is Huge With lots of Bang for Your Buck. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Henry29
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood On Satans Claw Blu ray review
After their wonderful work on The Witchfinder General, Odean Entertainment have rewarded fans of English horror again with another classic Tigon production on Blu ray in the form... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. E. A. Williamson
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Published 13 months ago by PAUL JR.
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior Blu-ray transfer
I have the DVD which Odeon Entertainment released a couple of years ago & this Blu-ray is a great improvement for PQ. Good value on extras too.
However don't pay amazon 22. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Robert
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