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Cry of the Banshee
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Director:
Writers:
Tim Kelly (screenplay)
Tim Kelly (story)
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Release Date:
22 July 1970 (USA) See more »
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Edgar Allan Poe probes new depths of TERROR!
Plot:
In Elizabethan England, a wicked lord massacres nearly all the members of a coven of witches, earning the enmity of their leader... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Misleading title, but generally enjoyable classic horror. See more (37 total) »

Cast

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Vincent Price ... Lord Edward Whitman
Essy Persson ... Lady Patricia Whitman
Hilary Heath ... Maureen Whitman (as Hilary Dwyer)
Carl Rigg ... Harry Whitman

Stephan Chase ... Sean Whitman

Marshall Jones ... Father Tom
Andrew McCulloch ... Bully Boy

Michael Elphick ... Burke
Pamela Moiseiwitsch ... Maid
Joyce Mandre ... Party Guest

Robert Hutton ... Party Guest

Guy Deghy ... Party Guest

Elisabeth Bergner ... Oona (as Elizabeth Bergner)

Patrick Mower ... Roderick

Victoria Fairbrother ... Margaret Donald (witch) (as Pamela Farbrother)

Quinn O'Hara ... Maggie - witch
Jane Deady ... Naked Girl

Hugh Griffith ... Mickey

Jan Rossini ... Bess
Sally Geeson ... Sarah
Godfrey James ... Head Villager
Gertan Klauber ... Tavern Keeper

Peter Benson ... Brander
Richard Everett ... Timothy

Louis Selwyn ... Apprentice
Micky Baker ... Rider (as Mickey Baker)
Carol Desmond ... Girl
Ann Barrass ... Elga
Nancy Meckler ... Villager
Hugh Portnow ... Villager

Stephen Rea ... Villager
Maurice Colbourne ... Villager
Dinah Stabb ... Villager

Tony Sibbald ... Villager
Neil Johnston ... Villager
Rowan Wylie ... Villager
Tim Thomas ... Villager
Ron Sahewk ... Villager
Maya Roth ... Villager
Philippa Howell ... Villager (as Philly Howell)
Guy Pierce ... Villager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Fielder ... Militia Man (uncredited)
Terry Martin ... Villager (uncredited)
George Oliver ... Pallbearer (uncredited)
Dido Plumb ... Villager (uncredited)
John Tatum ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Pall Bearer (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Hessler 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tim Kelly  screenplay
Tim Kelly  story
Christopher Wicking  screenplay

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... producer
Gordon Hessler .... executive producer
Gordon Hessler .... producer: US release prints
Louis M. Heyward .... executive producer: US release prints
Louis M. Heyward .... producer
Clifford Parkes .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Les Baxter (composer) (US version)
Wilfred Josephs 
 
Film Editing by
Oswald Hafenrichter 
 
Art Direction by
George Provis 
 
Set Decoration by
Scott Slimon 
 
Makeup Department
Betty Blattner .... makeup artist
Ivy Emmerton .... hair stylist
Tom Smith .... makeup artist
Paul Engelen .... assistant make-up (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Salvatore Billitteri .... post-production supervisor: US version
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ariel Levy .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Bill Miller .... construction manager
Barry Wilkinson .... props
 
Sound Department
Peter Lodge .... dubbing mixer
Michael P. Redbourn .... dubbing editor (as Michael Redbourn)
Kevin Sutton .... sound mixer
 
Stunts
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Coquillon  (as Lighting Cameraman)
John Coquillon .... lighting cameraman
Les Young .... camera operator
Peter Bloor .... electrician (uncredited)
Micky Finch .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dora Lloyd .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Ean Wood .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Les Baxter .... conductor: US version
Philip Martell .... conductor
Al Simms .... music supervisor: US version
 
Other crew
Zelda Barron .... continuity
Terry Gilliam .... title designer
Lynda Levy .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Erik Karsen Puhm .... commentary (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Плач Банши" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Banshî no sakebi" - Japan (imdb display title)
"De vloek van Satan" - Belgium (Flemish title)
"De vloek van de Weerwolf" - Belgium (Flemish title) (video box title)
"Der Todesschrei der Hexen" - West Germany
"El grito de la muerte" - Argentina
"El grito del espanto" - Mexico (imdb display title)
"El grito del fantasma" - Spain (imdb display title)
"Het spook van de banshee" - Netherlands (informal literal title)
"Kravges pou skotonoun" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Les crocs de Satan" - France
"O Chorar dos Mortos" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"O Uivo da Bruxa" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Saatanan katse" - Finland (video title)
"Satana in corpo" - Italy
"Varulvens dødshyl" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Zooze-ye Sheytan" - Iran (Persian title) (imdb display title)
"Zwiastun smierci" - Poland
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence and nudity (DVD re-rating)
Runtime:
91 min | 87 min (edited version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Iceland:16 | UK:15 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R (DVD re-rating) | USA:GP (certificate #22540) (original rating) | West Germany:16 | West Germany:Not Rated (BPjM restricted)

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Trivia:
Selected by Quentin Tarantino for the First Quentin Tarantino Film Fest in Austin, Texas, 1996.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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.See more »
Quotes:
Lady Patricia Whitman:[to Sean Whitman] Don't you know this house is cursed? You are cursed, and Edward's cursed, and everybody's cursed.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Grindhouse (2007)See more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Misleading title, but generally enjoyable classic horror., 5 September 2007
Author: Muldwych from South Korea

Those familiar with the concept of banshees would probably agree that "Cry Of The Banshee" is an interesting title for this film. I think the film-makers probably just decided it was just too good a title to pass up. Nonetheless, those looking for a horror tale containing bona fide Celtic mythology should probably look elsewhere. There is horror to be had here however, and the film still does more or less what it promises.

"Cry Of The Banshee" is set during the height of Middle Ages England, where rampant ignorance and superstition meant anyone could be condemned and burned for alleged witchcraft, and anyone you didn't like could be targeted. However, this being in the horror genre rather than an Arthur Miller play, the local inhabitants' fears are not entirely unjustified. Nonetheless, the greater threat is the Witchfinder General (played by Price) and his family, who abuse their authority and keep the entire local population in their grip. 'Witches' are regularly found, and dispatched in the name of God. The witchfinder gets more than he bargained for however when he annoys a real witch, who decides to take revenge.

Vincent Price is an actor you can rely on to take an average film up a notch, and he does so here. His presence, his voice, his face - he doesn't even have to try very hard. Not that the story is especially bad. It's fairly basic but entertaining enough. Even so, the pantomime acting and thinly-drawn characterisation made it hard to take everything seriously. A melodramatic situation shouldn't mean over-the-top theatricality, but that's what the script and the direction unfortunately settle for.

Fortunately, the horror elements of the film are not so misplaced. Suspense is built up, the 'banshee' of the title is wisely heard rather than seen until the climax, and the end itself is very satisfying. The mood is bleak, the lighting is low, and the score helps the action along without ever being out of place. Like many Hammer Horrors, there's a lot of nudity. just in case everything else isn't enough to draw you in.

Overall, "Cry Of The Banshee" is an enjoyable example of classic horror that fans of the genre should enjoy. It's not brilliant, but it has its moments, and one of the genre's star performers to breathe life into it.

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