The Cinema Museum, London

Screening of Witchfinder General (1968)

Sat 7 Apr 2018 @ 17:00 · Events

Witchfinder General posterWitchfinder General (1968), is the last, and most famous, of the three horror films directed by Michael Reeves, the young British talent who tragically died at the age of 25. All three films starred his lifelong friend Ian Ogilvy.

Starring Vincent Price, Rupert Davies and Hilary Dwyer as well as Ian Ogilvy, the film was based on a novel by Ronald Bassett, and is a fictionalised account of Matthew Hopkins (Price), who claimed to have been appointed as Witchfinder General by Parliament during the English Civil War. Filmed on location in East Anglia, the film was critised for its extreme violence on release, but is now regarded as one of the finest horror films ever produced in the UK. Reeves gets a restrained performance from Price, who clashed with him repeatedly during the shoot, but on seeing the final film, Price wrote Reeves a long letter praising his work.

Ian Ogilvy makes a personal appearance at 8pm (separate ticket required, details here).

Doors open at 16.30, for a 17.00 start.

Refreshments will be available in our licenced cafe/bar.


Tickets £5.

Advance tickets may be purchased from Billetto, or direct from the Museum by calling 020 7840 2200 in office hours.

Witchfinder General