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Witches, The (1966)

Produced by Hammer and written by Nigel Kneale, who created QuatermassThe Witches tells of Gwen Mayfield (Joan Fontaine), a teacher working in Africa who has a breakdown when a curse is put on her by a witch doctor.

She returns to England to teach in a village school but then discovers that the rural community is caught in the grip of a voodoo cult.

Former Hollywood star Fontaine reprises her “frightened lady” turn – first seen in Rebecca – as the cursed schoolmistress. It was to signal her career’s end.

Released overseas as The Devil’s Own.


Gwen Mayfield
Joan Fontaine
Stephanie Bax
Kay Walsh
Alan Bax
Alec McCowen
Ann Bell
Ingrid Brett
John Collin
Michele Dotrice
Granny Rigg
Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies
Bob Curd
Duncan Lamont
Dr Wallis
Leonard Rossiter

Cyril Frankel