The Blood on Satan's Claw

Dir: Piers Haggard



97 mins



Patrick Wymark, Linda Hayden, Barry Andrews

Guaranteed to make you unsettled every time you go past a hedgerow in the British countryside, The Blood on Satan’s Claw is a great introduction to folk horror.

A farmer ploughs the land in 18th century England. The earth turns and reveals a strange corpse of a beast that disturbs the eye and chills the blood. The village youth believe they are possessed by the beast, whipped up into demonic fervour. Is their ringleader Angel (Linda Hayden) a witch, or a dangerous troublemaker who the elders need to suppress?  

Considered one of the holy trinity of folk horror alongside The Wicker Man and Witchfinder General, The Blood on Satan’s Claw is a uniquely English take on witchcraft. Shot on location in the Chilterns, it taps into uncanny currents in the English countryside. But ultimately, the film is a brilliant example of the dual image of the witch: an emblem of feminine power, but also one that men will go to any lengths to resist and destroy. With a terrific folk-baroque soundtrack and an array of superb character actors, it reflects on post-Summer of Love unease. 

With thanks to Hollywood Classics for inclusion in the tour.

Booking Information

0207 636 7120


Available Formats

DCP & Blu-Ray


Independent Cinema Office (ICO)

Blu-ray / DVD Bookings:
Independent Cinema Office (ICO)


35% vs £100 (free print transport)


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