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Witchcraft (1964) starring Lon Chaney Jr., Diane Clare, David Weston, Jack Hedley
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Witchcraft (1964) starring Lon Chaney Jr., Diane Clare, David Weston, Jack Hedley

Synopsis of Witchcraft

Witchcraft is a tale of star-crossed lovers, kept apart by their warring families – and a vengeful witch. But when her grave is disturbed by modern-day land developers, a 300-year-old witch is accidentally resurrected and terrorizes an English village.

Review of Witchcraft

Buy from Amazon What do you get when you cross Romeo and Juliet with a vengeful witch and a dash of Lon Chaney Jr.?  You get a surprisingly enjoyable horror movie titled Witchcraft.  It’s well-done, with good acting all around, and a surprising change about midway through the story.

In the 17th century, the Lanier family buried a Whitlock woman alive as a witch.  And then took over the Whitlock estate. A bitter hatred of the Lanier family continues into the present.  So, it’s understandable how the Whitlock family still holds a grudge over the Laniers.  Lon Chaney Jr. plays Morgan Whitlock, a grumpy man with a chip on his shoulder towards the Laniers.  Which becomes bigger when the Lanier brothers’ construction crew’s bulldozer overturns headstones and churns up graves in the old Whitlock Cemetery.  It was against the Lanier’s wishes, but you can’t convince Morgan of that.

Whitlock and his niece Amy in "Witchcraft"

Against this backdrop, Morgan’s niece Amy Whitlock (Diane Clare) falls in love with Todd Lanier (David Weston).  And the horror element comes to the fore, as the long-buried witch is now freed from her grave.  The makeup of the witch is excellent – very subtle, and very effective.  And there are rumors that the Whitlock clan are secretly witches … But that’s only a rumor …

In short, Witchcraft is a very well-done horror film, with characters that the audience cares about.  And a tragic ending that you’ll have to see for yourself.

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