Film Reviews, Short Review

The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971)

2/4

You’d think a film about an 18th Century Satanic cult that goes around murdering the townfolk of a quiet little English village to summon up the devil would be a little better than The Blood on Satan’s Claw, but unfortunately that is not the case. Although it comes from the same vein of British pastoral folk-horror that birthed classics like The Wicker Man, it lacks that film’s otherworldly, paganistic mood. There are some occasionally creepy moments, helped in part by a strange, off-beat soundtrack, but ultimately the nonsensical structure of the film, which picks up and drops various characters at will with no rhyme or reason, as well as some hilariously silly reveals and special-effects, means it fails to retain any momentum going into its closing moments.

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