50 Years Later, The Blood on Satan’s Claw Is Still a Rich Piece of Haunting Folk Horror

50 years ago this week, Tigon Pictures released a rich atmospheric, devilish horror, and unheard piece of British folk horror title Blood on the paws of the devil. This dull tale of the occult terror set in 17th century England is considered by some to be part of the informal folk horror trilogy, Witch related (1968) more the Wicker Man (1973). It is less known and revered than those 2 creepy cults, but even after 50 years of its release it does not take long to celebrate the unintentional nightmare of this dark art, a monstrous village now about to overcome witch hysteria Strength is being faced. Their children into lovable, false god-worshiping killers. This is probably the most Hammer film Hammer ever made.

The film opens with Ralph (Barry Andrews) plowing the English countryside as well as the fields, as he has been humbly working for years, when he sees crows around a raised patch of soil. Upon investigation, he discovers a human head in the ground – infected with insects, and still holding onto patches of what appear to be fur or feathers.

He brings his concern to The Judge (Patrick Weimar), who does not take this disturbing discovery seriously, writing it as an animal. When the judge goes to the field to see the skull for himself, it is nowhere to be found.

Soon, matters in the village seem vaguely more awkward. A woman sent to sleep in the attic by her fiance’s depressed family falls into a frenzy. His screams fill the house, and no one bothers to investigate. Instead they place a barricade in the room, convincing him to be a witch. Later, when she was finally going out of the house, she drifted off and became almost numb, her man turning one of her hands into a bird’s claw.

Meanwhile, murders are taking place all over the village, and patches of fur are visible on people’s bodies. The judges, who were initially confused, have no choice but to explore and destroy whatever demonic nonsense is going on in their little Christian utopia. His main companion in the hunt, Angel Blake (Linda Hayden), is a pretty blonde teenager, oblivious to The Judge, having already served the devil. Angels roam the forest with other youngsters, bringing innocent children into demonic rituals.

Judges and well-meaning Christian villagers, who are not afraid to stand with the devil, are tasked with ending the pagan practices that are brainwashing the locals and branding them with the skin of the devil Have been.

Blood on the devil’s claws There is a grand, strange British chiller that is so memorable and miraculously brilliant that I am writing about it in the year 2021. Director Pierce Haggard, cinematographer Dick Bush and Mark Wilkinson (who scored) work to spin together successfully. Successful narcissistic story that is just as indispensable to feel as it is visually spectacular; Another type of calm, so it is perfect.

The camera spends a bit of time on the ground, making the audience feel as if they have fallen into the mud, seeing the evil and spreading frenzy. Picturesque shots of the British countryside gave rise to false hope – devilish activity could not possibly happen in the village so devilish and upheaval. Yet the slow churn, imaginary depictions of centuries-old terror, and quick glimpses of human-led violence tell you that the disease is all around and only getting worse.

In particular what is the color of what works in creating an awesome aura Blood on the devil’s claws. Some people use the term “daylight horror” for horror flicks, in which there is panic during the sunshine. This applies here, because everything goes down without the mood of the moonlight. Instead of a moody night terror, Hégard takes us to the occult hell with a daytime sky. The film is light, but not bright. The beautiful fields and the lack of vibrant color in the cozy village feels a great excitement.

An orchestra score by Wilkinson carries the epic suspense, lending heaviness among the creepy building, and complementing the flick’s moments. Blood on the devil’s clawsThere is an incredibly tense sound to match its dark and dour package.

While the film’s fear stumbles towards the end, Haggard leaves a face of evil mostly to our imagination, which feels like the perfect finishing touch for creepy creepers creeping creepy folklore. To speculate that we are left in the finale wants to creep in, and for horror fanatics to have a very horrifying fear before the final scene, which requires horrifying fantasy.

In one particular scene, Angel looks like Angel takes a poor innocent girl for her ritualistic rape. The teenage crowd assists in the act and appeases his silent but rapist rapist. The scene is not overly long nor graphic, which I appreciate very much, but it is shot so efficiently that it really digs under the skin; More than similar scenes in other films. It does not look disgusting or exploitative. Haggard is clearly involved purely for the creep factor, as it is quick, horrible and strangely unforgettable as disgusting.

Angel, who controls her fellow village teenagers with a strange sexual attraction and reluctant power, is a witchcraft villain, who thinks of every evil you could not understand, much less. Linda Hayden is the confident, enigmatic force behind Angel, she maintains an appearance of indifference to Hell who helps the orchestra. Hayden’s cowardice and commanding, but seemingly innocent when asked for manipulation. Angel’s counterpart, The Judge, played by Patrick Wiman, is an equally attractive character; A hero who doesn’t quite feel like a hero. The judge is a man who initially comes off as unconfirmed, intolerant, and over the very real evil he writes as nonsense. He is soon leading a crusade against the devil, and you are also on the fence about riding with him. The judge is a Christian type of religious fanatic who is difficult to love, but when he is guarding his village against the devil, it is hard not to like the pagan leader.

With a slew of interesting performances, a huge spine-chilling score, superb cinematography, and glimpses of a bad nightmare, Blood on the devil’s claws There is a little old-fashioned horror that warrants the watch of all genre fans – especially partial to the atmosphere of horror lovers and fetuses of the 70s. Cultural rituals. Killing children. Witch stupor. It’s all going down with a rustic landscape, dripping with vampiric feel. It may not be the most horrific flick, although it is actually unnecessary, and it may not carry a completely rewatchable value, but the mood and a scene or 2 will definitely stick with you. Now that it is 50 years old, Blood on the devil’s clawsFinally ready for a cult fan, and possibly a trail of Great British horror.

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