The Conqueror Worm (Witchfinder General)
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The Conqueror Worm (Witchfinder General)
A corrupt opportunist commits brutal crimes in the name of God and country in this atmospheric period horror tale. In 17th century England, as a people's uprising threatens Lord Cromwell's rule, superstition still rules the land, and the Royalists use this to their advantage by inaugurating a reign of terror in the name of wiping out alleged witches and agents of the dark arts. Matthew Hopkins (Vincent Price) has been appointed "witchfinder" by Puritan Royalists, and with the help of his thuggish assistant Stearne (Robert Russell), Hopkins travels from town to town, brutally… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"It remains contemporary, and even frightening, in its evocation of cynical Puritanism and mass deception."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"With no supernatural elements to speak of, it is as much an historical drama as a horror film."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"Certainly not for the squeamish, but for others it's a surprisingly well realized study of violence."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Price is superb as real-life witchhunter Matthew Hopkins, and writer-director Michael Reeves pulls no punches with this absorbing material."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"This is not the kind of horror that comes from cobwebs and creaky doors. Its horrors are all too human and impossible to cast off with a simple fade out."
‑ Brian Holcomb, PopMatters
"A harrowing horror film directed with real skill"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"A film about the terrifying combination of sadism and power."
‑ Keith Phipps, The Dissolve
"It's an interesting indictment of blind piousness, but it's not much of a scare film for Halloween time."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Bizarrely overrated Price thriller with some good moments."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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