Sure Hammer’s biggest successes came off the male horrors of Dracula and Dr. Frankenstein, but the iconic English studio did make films about supernatural women. The Witches has a tormented school teacher (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea‘s Joan Fontaine) who fears that the ladies of her new English village are witches. She thought she was done with witches when she left Africa in a rush. The cast has plenty of familiar faces from various Alfred Hitchcock movies. The film was originally released in America as The Devil’s Own. But now with it’s original title, The Witches comes out on Blu-ray on March 19. Here’s the press release and bonus features from Scream Factory:
What Do the Devil’s Own Do After Dark?
Hammer Film Makes Blu-ray Debut March 19th, 2019
from Scream Factory
The classic 1960s Hammer Film thriller The Witches makes its Blu-ray debut March 19th, 2019 from Scream Factory. The release includes a new audio commentary with filmmaker and historian Ted Newsom, as well as the featurette on the women of Hammer Film and theatrical trailers. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com
Haunted by the terrors of her experience with African witch-doctors, school teacher Gwen Mayfield (Joan Fontaine, Rebecca) accepts an appointment as headmistress at the Haddaby School run by Alan Bax (Alec McCowen, Frenzy) and his sister Stephanie (Kay Walsh, Stage Fright). Gwen initially revels in the peacefulness she has found in the quiet English countryside but soon begins to sense “undercurrents.” Before long, a local boy falls into a coma and Gwen discovers a voodoo doll impaled by pins. The danger that follows brings her face to face with witchcraft as a series of disasters unfold and lead her to the horrible truth.
The Witches Bonus Features
NEW audio commentary with filmmaker/historian Ted Newsom
Hammer Glamour – a featurette on the women of Hammer
U.S. trailer The Devil’s Own
Double feature trailer Prehistoric Women and The Devil’s Own
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