Theatrical Release Date: TBC
Home Ent. Release Date: 07 Jan 2007
Cert: Not Rated
The Witches was adapted from Peter Curtis’s novel The Devil’s Own, and was another star vehicle suggested by Seven Arts. The star this time was Oscar-winner Joan Fontaine, who owned the screen rights to the book. The film was directed by Cyril Frankel, who had made Hammer’s 1960 child abuse drama Never Take Sweets From a Stranger, and the script was by Quatermass author Nigel Kneale. Their depiction of sinister undercurrents in a pastoral setting wasn’t sinister enough for the BBFC, however, who only granted the film an ‘A’ certificate. Hammer persuaded them to reconsider, but this accomplished film still failed to find an audience.