Witchcraft (1964) movie poster

director Don Sharp
viewed: 05/08/2017

 

“It’s witchcraft, wicked witchcraft,
And although I know it’s strictly taboo…”
— Coleman/Leigh

The 1964 British horror film Witchcraft flirts with a Mario Bava-style aesthetic and eeriness at times, but can’t really keep up that level of quality throughout.

Yvette Rees rises from the grave as a mute and spooky witch, the most interesting and creepy thing this picture has going for it. Her sleep was disturbed by some ill-advised redevelopment of a graveyard by a family with longstanding issues with a known devil-worshiping clan. And old and seriously pissed off Lon Chaney Jr is on hand for cachet.

This black-and-white witchery, devil worship picture starts out promisingly, and is well-shot, but it peters out in middling ways.