Cry of the Banshee (1970)

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In Elizabethan England, a wicked lord massacres nearly all the members of a coven of witches, earning the enmity of their leader, Oona. Oona calls up a magical servant, a "banshee", to ... See full summary »

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  • Marshall Jones in Cry of the Banshee (1970)
  • Vincent Price and Hilary Heath in Cry of the Banshee (1970)
  • Harry Fielder in Cry of the Banshee (1970)
  • Hilary Heath and Essy Persson in Cry of the Banshee (1970)
  • Vincent Price in Cry of the Banshee (1970)
  • Patrick Mower in Cry of the Banshee (1970)

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Did You Know?


The title sequence was designed and animated by future Python Terry Gilliam.


Magge: I sent nightmare cats to plague the Whitmans.


This film is set in the 16th century. But in the first scene, when the girl is branded, she opens her mouth to scream and shows a full set of teeth with amalgam fillings.

Crazy Credits

The end credits are divided into "The Establishment, "Witches", and "Villagers".

Alternate Versions

The differences between the cut AIP version and the original edit (released on DVD in the US) are significant:

  • The AIP re-edit repositions the coven massacre scene (that occurs about half an hour into the film in the original version) as a pre-credits scene. The sequence is also slightly trimmed to eliminate some nudity and also remove the shots of Hugh Griffith observing the action.
  • The original credits are Pythonesque animations by Terry Gilliam. These animations were replaced in the AIP re-edit by stills of some of the winged creatures.
  • The music score was changed - the new music was composed by Lex Baxter. Wilfred Joseph did the original score.
  • All topless nudity was removed from the AIP re-edit. This involved trimming several scenes and re-framing others (zooming in on the "unoffensive" part of the frame). This chopped about 3m off the running time.
  • The death of Essay Persson was abridged
  • In the middle section of the film some other scenes were re-positioned in the narrative with the intent of bringing forward the appearance of the coven (in order to speed up the narrative). The version on DVD runs 91m whereas the old AIP version runs only 87m.


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