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Cry of the Banshee (1970)

Cry of the Banshee (1970)

aka Cry of the Banshee

"Hell hath no fury like a sorceress scorned!"

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Details: 91 mins · English


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Small Lord Edward Whitman
No_movie_poster Oona
No_movie_poster Lady Patricia Whitman
Small Mickey
No_movie_poster Sarah
Small Party Guest
No_movie_poster Roderick
No_movie_poster Maggie


No_movie_poster John Coquillon Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Oswald Hafenrichter Editor
No_movie_poster Samuel Z. Arkoff Producer
No_movie_poster George Provis Production Design
No_movie_poster Gordon Hessler Director
No_movie_poster Louis M. Heyward Producer
No_movie_poster Les Baxter Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Christopher Wicking Screenplay
No_movie_poster Gordon Hessler Production
No_movie_poster Oswald Hafenrichter Editing


"Hell hath no fury like a sorceress scorned!"


The film is set in Elizabethan England and revolves around a wicked magistrate who tries to kill all the members of a coven of witches.

Lord Charles Whitman is hosting a great feast when suddenly two poor and ragged-looking little children enter the great hall. A burst of wolf-like howling from outside the walls warns that they may be "devil-marked." The lord decides to kill them in spite of the risk. As his eldest son sleeps with his pretty young wife and his daughter seeks out her favorite hairy-chested servant for comfort, Lord Whitman begins mumbling that he wants to "clean up" the witches in the area, especially "that decrepit old bag, Oona."

Assisted by his two older sons, Whitman goes hunting in the hills for witches, odd characters, and "persons of interest." His armed posse breaks up what is apparently meant to be a witches' Black Sabbath, but none of the strangely glassy-eyed and zombie-like young people dancing slowly in their underwear seems to have any knowledge of Oona's whereabouts. Whitman gives the order to "torch this place, grease 'em all" and many of Ooona's followers are killed.

This makes the leader of the coven, Oona, extremely angry. To get revenge on the Whitman clan Oona calls up a magical servant, a "sidhe", to destroy the lord's family. Unfortunately, the demonic beast takes possession of the friendly, decent young servant, Roderick, that free-spirited Maureen Whitman has been in love with for years. The servant turned demon begins to systematically kill off members of the Whitman family, until only Lord Whitman and his daughter are left.

Meanwhile, Harry, Whitman's son from Cambridge, and Father Tom find Oona and kill her. Maureen shoots the demon in the head with a blunderbuss, apparently killing him. Exhilarated that the curse is over, Whitman plans to leave the house with his two remaining children by coach. On the way, he stops at the cemetery,so he may have one last gloat at Roderick's corpse. To his horror, he finds the coffin empty, and hurries back to the coach, only to find both Harry and Maureen dead. It is then revealed that Bully-boy, the coaches driver, was murdered by Roderick, who is now driving the coach.

The film ends with Whitman calling out his driver's name out of fear, with the coach going somewhere unknown.

The titular "cry of the banshee" is the signal that someone will die.