Witchcraft  (1964)

Octoblur 2014 - #32: Witchcraft (1964)

 
By dorrk, October 23rd 2014

This minor but well-paced black & white supernatural thriller remains spooky to this day and is another great introductory horror movie for kids.

Hammer studios may have dominated British horror cinema during the 1960s with its high-profile Frankenstein & Dracula reboots leading the charge of nearly 100 Hammer movies released over the next decade, but little-known and short-lived Lippert Films snuck in this nicely crafted but largely forgotten story of a witch who returns to join her coven 300 years after being buried alive.

In a similar, if less-ambitious, Gothic style as Mario Bava's great Black Sunday, Witchcraft is a tidy piece of low-effort horror that hums along at a good pace with quite a few neat scary moments —which are suitably creepy for adults but none of which should too intense for monster-loving 5-year-olds.

Trailer for Witchcraft (1964)

Beware: Galleries may contain spoilers.
Witchcraft-1964-00
Witchcraft-1964-01
Witchcraft-1964-02
Witchcraft-1964-03
Witchcraft-1964-04
Witchcraft-1964-05
Witchcraft-1964-06
Witchcraft-1964-07


The Top 20 Movies of All-Time

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#2: The Godfather (1972)

#2: The Godfather (1972)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#3: West Side Story (1961)

#3: West Side Story (1961)

Dir: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
#4: Manhattan (1979)

#4: Manhattan (1979)

Dir: Woody Allen
#5: The Graduate (1967)

#5: The Graduate (1967)

Dir: Mike Nichols
#6: Tootsie (1982)

#6: Tootsie (1982)

Dir: Sydney Pollack
#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Dir: Irvin Kershner
#9: Star Wars (1977)

#9: Star Wars (1977)

Dir: George Lucas
#10: The Exorcist (1973)

#10: The Exorcist (1973)

Dir: William Friedkin
#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Dir: Peter Jackson
#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

Dir: Martin Scorsese
#13: Annie Hall (1977)

#13: Annie Hall (1977)

Dir: Woody Allen
#14: Vertigo (1958)

#14: Vertigo (1958)

Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Dir: Steven Spielberg
#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson
#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Dir: Tobe Hooper
#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

Dir: Frank Capra
#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Dir: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
#20: Zodiac (2007)

#20: Zodiac (2007)

Dir: David Fincher