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Cry of the Banshee [DVD] 
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Horror starring Vincent Price as Lord Edward, a magistrate in the 16th century who tortures and brutally murders a coven of witches. Unsurprisingly, his actions anger the coven's leader, Oona (Elisabeth Bergner), who attempts to get revenge by sending a demon werewolf, disguised as a handsome man, to terrorise the lord and his family.
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Okay, the story is a bit of a mess. However its a highly enjoyable, atmospheric mess, and whilst many scenes seem to have been added for the sole purpose of baring the breasts of various female actresses, once we get into the 'curse' part of the story it finds a steely determination to keep the narrative flowing smoothly.
Vincent Price is in very fine form. Patrick Mower is also very good as 'son of the forest' Roderick. Theres fine support also from Stephan Chase who gives a great exercise in lip smacking villiany as Whitman's caddish son Sean, and theres a nice cameo from Hugh Griffith as cowardly gravedigger Mickey.
If that wasnt enough to convince you to buy this, then how about Terry Gilliam's wonderful Pythonesque opening titles(almost worth the price of admission on their own), a rousing music score by Les Baxter and it also looks great, courtesy of John Coquillion's superb cinematography. Another point of interest is that this film seems to take the side of the witches, as Whitman's brood are a thoroughly despicable bunch, and the witches reluctantly take action only when provoked.
The only real negative is the lack of decent extras, but this is an Optimum releasse of a Brit Horror, so I shouldnt have expected any different. I suppose we should all be grateful that at least one company is releasing them at all.
Great fun. 4 out of 5
Aside from Vincent Price there is Patrick Mower, who is better than I expected. The special effects are pretty good for the era, and the script isn't bad at all.
Best of all was the ending, which was a nice change from the usual 'happy ever after' horror film cliché. The picture quality is pretty good and at the right price this is worth owning - but I wouldn't pay a lot!
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Patrick Mower is good, a long way from his current Emmerdale incarnation. Vincent price is a bit over the top as usual and Hilary Dwyer is once again the buxom love interest. There's a fair amount of gratuitous nudity but basically it's a simple tale of local folk oppressed by evil Lord and then getting their own back quite effectively.
As another reviewer commented there are no extras butthen that allows you to conventrate on the film. Not in the same league as Witchfinder General or Blood on Satan's Claw, but if you like those I think you'll like this offering too.
The convoluted plot interweaves past, present, illusion, reality, dream and theatre; this is by far the most audacious of American International Picture's series of Poe adaptations. It was all shot on location in Toledo, Spain,which accounts for the very different look it has to Hessler's previous horror movies for AIP, which were all shot in England.
On the debit side, some of the dialogue has to be heard to be disbelieved, and Jason Robard's performance is unrelievedly dour. Vincent Price, where were you when they needed you? Post-production interference by the studio resulted in a heavily cut release print which rendered much of the plot meaningless, but thankfully the new D.V.D. issue gives us restores much of Hessler's final cut,and contains ten minutes of previously "lost" footage.Read more ›
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A good film, and worth a few watches, when you want a nice scary film, not the best horror I have watched but good.Published on 29 Aug. 2013 by Brenda Davis
Love everything with Vincent Price in it, this one not one of his best but still OK. Can be quite gruesome in parts!Published on 16 Jan. 2013 by Georgina Voller
I enjoy camp, classic 'horror' films and was looking for a film that terrified me as a child which featured a banshee wailing and all the exciting bits that went with it. Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2012 by P. Conant
vincent price made some great british horror films during the 1960s and early 1970s but this one is not amongst his best. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2012 by jeremiah harbottle
This film is among the worse turkies ever - My word, does it stink. You may remember this film from a happier time in your period of growing up, but please be warned, this film... Read morePublished on 24 April 2012 by RickAnne
I am a big fan of Vincent price and all most of the Hammer house films of that era. This is one of the worst films i have ever seen. Read morePublished on 9 Mar. 2012 by Mr G
Many years have passed since I saw this and I had forgotten how deeply unpleasant it is. The writers and director seem to be voyeuristic misogynists, with rape torture and... Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2010 by A. W. Wilson