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witch-hunt

a rigorous campaign to round up or expose dissenters on the pretext of safeguarding the welfare of the public
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Witchfinder General (18) Reviled on release for sadistic violence, Vincent Price's historical horror is now a cult classic.
In the book, puritan writer Nehemiah Wallington described how Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins found "a coven of witches" and 19 women were hanged.
There is a dark, old-fashioned feel to Black Death that makes it highly reminiscent of the classic 1968 Vincent Price chiller Witchfinder General.
Sir Thomas Legg, the former civil servant charged with conducting the audit, turned out to be a modern witchfinder general.
I end up getting dunked by a witchfinder along with a group of other girls.
Sky and Kristin travel back to mid-seventeenth century England to learn more about possession from Meg, an accused witch, and Matthew the Witchfinder who is determined to capture and punish her for heresy.
When he died of a drug overdose in 1969, he was only twenty-five, but he had already managed to make three low budget feature films, the final one, Witchfinder General (1968, US: The Conquering Worm), being the reason for his reputation as a doomed master.
This volume brings together 18 essays that examine the relationship between horror and Western forms of Christianity in specific films: The Witch: A New-England Folktale, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Witchfinder General, The Devils, The Name of the Rose, RosemaryAEs Baby, Let Us Prey, Frailty, God Told Me To, Hellraiser, Hellboy, Constantine, Stake Land, [Rec], Quarantine, Prince of Darkness, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Thirst, Stigmata, The Exorcist, and The Omen.
As Selma's witchfinder Reverend Hale says after the arrest of the totally innocent Rebecca Nurse: 'There is a misty plot afoot so subtle we should be criminal to cling to old respects and ancient friendships.
Their nemesis was lawyer Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, who brutally executed 68 souls in Bury St Edmunds alone.
The witchfinder technician sent to zap Jeremy's friend doubles as an Elvis Presley tribute act; the slightly dysfunctional family next door is cured when he draws on The King for help and sings 'Love's always ready/ To grow and grow.
The market square has been the location for several films including Witchfinder General with Vincent Price, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.