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Necromancy (1972)

PG | | Horror | 2 August 1973 (Mexico)
Orson Welles plays the head of a witches' coven in the town of Lilith, where he needs the powers of Pamela Franklin to raise his son from the dead.


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Credited cast:
Orson Welles ... Mr. Cato
Pamela Franklin ... Lori Brandon
Lee Purcell ... Priscilla
Michael Ontkean ... Frank Brandon
Harvey Jason ... Dr. Jay
Lisa James Lisa James ... Georgette
Sue Bernard Sue Bernard ... Nancy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joyce Aronson Joyce Aronson ... Black Sabbath Member
Anna Berglund Anna Berglund ... Ass't to High Priest
Derrick Bunch Derrick Bunch ... Black Sabbath Member
Cybal Del Vecchio Cybal Del Vecchio ... Witches Coven Member
Harris-Metter Flame Harris-Metter Flame ... Black Sabbath Member (as 'Flame' Harris Metter)
Valerie Fredericks Valerie Fredericks ... Witches Coven Member
Anne Gaybis ... Spirit (1983 reissue)
Scott Haims Scott Haims ... Black Sabbath Member


Orson Welles plays the head of a witches' coven in the town of Lilith, where he needs the powers of Pamela Franklin to raise his son from the dead. Written by Humberto Amador

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Release Date:

2 August 1973 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Rosemary's Disciples See more »

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Did You Know?


Actress Pamela Franklin and actor Harvey Jason (The Mad Hungarian from The Gumball Rally (1976)) met while making this picture - and have remained married to this very day. See more »

Alternate Versions

Reissue in 1983 under title The Witching had added scenes of full frontal nudity during a coven, including Brinke Stevens. See more »


Referenced in Horror Business (2005) See more »

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A bit confusing but strong on atmosphere...
16 February 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I saw an extended version of "Necromancy" that is available to watch on YouTube. The introduction claims that deleted footage was restored in this version--making the film more complete and coherent. So, when you see some reviews that hated the movie, it is possible they saw the shorter version. As for me, the film I saw was MUCH better than the current 4.2 and this could be because it's more the director or writer's original vision.

Pamela Franklin stars as Lori. While Orson Welles gets top billing, she was clearly the focus of the film...and I assume they billed Welles first to improve marketing or as part of the contract to get Welles to appear in the movie. Lori recently had a miscarriage and her husband Frank (Michael Ontkean) has taken a job near the town of Lillith. However, the folks offering the job had a lot of strange questions--questions about his and his wife's religious beliefs. While these sort of questions are illegal to ask, he responds that they are both atheists and that seemed to make the employer happy...or so Frank says.

When they get to Lillith, they find the place is a hellhole....and that really isn't an exaggeration! The folks are all members of a Satanic cult led by Mr. Cato (Welles) and Lori naturally wants to leave. But Frank inexplicably blows off her worries and seems to like the place and the strange people. So why did they REALLY come here and why are the folks so interested in Lori?

This movie is above all, creepy...with a dark, brooding atmosphere throughout. The story, though sometimes confusing, was also pretty interesting...but suffers some because of its close similarity to "Rosemary's Baby". In other words, if you've already seen this earlier film it's pretty easy to guess what's going on in "Necromancy". Not a great film but food if you would like a few chills.

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