Conqueror Worm, The

Conqueror Worm, The (movie)

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

A 1968 British movie starring Vincent Price and Robert Russell and directed by Michael Reeves (British title, The Witchfinder General). It is based on the Edgar Allan Poe story The Conqueror Worm, about the terrorization of villages by

Matthew Hopkins (Price), a self-styled "Witchfinder General," assisted by John Stearne (Russell). Young Sara (Hilary Dwyer) is raped, and her boyfriend, Richard Marshall (Ian Ogilvy), tries to avenge her. Many people are tortured and put to death, echoing actual events of the seventeenth century.

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