Matthew Hopkins rides the land offering his services as a persecutor of witches. Aided by his sadistic accomplice John Stearne, he travels from city to city and wrenches confessions from "witches" in order to line his pockets and gain sexual favors.
Writers:Tom Baker (screenplay), Michael Reeves (screenplay)
Stars:Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy, Rupert Davies
Matthew Hopkins the character in the movie played by Vincent Price really lived in the 1600's. It is said that Hopkins executed more than 300 people, mainly women, during his witch hunting days. This is not only my favorite Vincent Price movie but also my all time favorite horror film. Because it's based on a real person that committed these horrible acts, it makes this movie very real. The director Michael Reeves did not want Price in this film he wanted Donald Pleasence. Thankfully smarter heads prevailed and picked Vincent Price. Because of Vincent Price this film is a classic. If you are squeamish this is not the flick for you. But if you can watch it for what it is, a reflection of our history, you will appreciate what real horror is. ★★★★★
Vincent Price is The Witchfinder General