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Despite being made more than forty years ago, this is quite a recent outing for actress Joan Fontaine in terms of her long and outstanding career - and in terms of how little she's done since. This film is an oddity for many of its cast - not least for Alec McCowen and Kay Walsh - to mention just two.
The film gets off to the classic start of strange and puzzling incidents, but somehow, despite the big build up, the viewer is left feeling rather 'let down' when reaching the climax. It is unsure what is to be expected, but one is somehow surprised/disappointed at the end. There's a surprise appearance of a young and good-looking Leonard Rossiter (Rising Damp) in one of his rare straight roles, and there are many other familiar faces, including Michelle Dotrice and Carmel McSharry.
Very much typical of the 1960s Hammer material that was turned out - but enhanced by a great performance from Fontaine. (some might find her acting style a little dated in this)
Was a long time coming out on DVD in the UK.
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Initial post: 29 Oct 2012 20:35:13 GMT
D. F. King says:
The Witches is not typical of Hammer films of the Sixties - nor Hammer of any period. And Leonard Rossiter was not that unusual in straight roles - he worked with Kubrick in 2001 and Barry Lyndon.
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2012 22:48:24 GMT
FAMOUS NAME says:
Leonard Rossiter died in 1984.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2013 21:12:00 BDT
Forfarian literatus says:
The reference to "2001" is to the motion picture, not the year!
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2013 23:28:36 BDT
FAMOUS NAME says:
Many Thanks for pointing that out.
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