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4.0 out of 5 stars A gem from the Hammer archives, 30 Jun. 2008
This review is from: The Witches [DVD] [1966] (DVD)
I bought this on the strength of Hammer, witchcraft & mid 60s, then I read reviews & felt foolish as they all seemed to say it was dull, duff stuff. But not so. I saw it last night. The African set at the start is clearly a model but then it gets going and the colour photography is amazing: Wonderful, rich, sharp colours - the Berkshire countryside and villages are beautiful - it's great to see the world of my childhood alive again. In mid section it's rather like an episode of the Avengers from '66/67 set in High Summer England with Joan Fontaine doing a tolerably good, rather decorous, imitation of Diana Rigg. The sets are as good as ever Hammer did in this period - which is v good & v English. Good acting (lots of weird & lots of gin neat which always helps, not to mention lots of pills). Nice pace and the ending was, frankly, a total surprise (probably because I'd been expecting something more along the lines of The Wicker Man... there are lots of similarities). Also a nice touch mid way with an attack by savage, frenzied sheep (I saw 'Black Sheep' last month so that really worked for me). Overall this is really rather a good film - see it if you have the chance.
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