Unrated | | Biography, Drama, Horror
A young soldier seeks to put an end to the evils caused by a vicious witch hunter.
Even the truncated version was met with considerable controversy by UK film critics. Dilys Powell in "The Sunday Times" complained, " . . . 17th-century hanging, burning, raping, screaming and Vincent Price as England's prize torture-overseer. Peculiarly nauseating". "The ... ...
LO! 't is a gala night/Within the lonesome latter years./An angel throng, bewinged, bedight/In veils, and drowned in tears,/Sit in a theatre to see/A play of hopes and fears,/While the orchestra breathes fitfully/The music of the spheres."
The end titles conclude with the familiar, "All persons depicted... entirely fictional... any resemblance to actual persons living or dead is entirely coincidental" - and yet, not only was the title character a real person, but also the film features an appearance by Oliver Cromwell.