Production began on 12 October, 1959 at Shepperton Studios with a budget of £45,000. Milton Subotsky was an uncredited producer of the film, leading some to consider this the first unofficial Amicus Productions film.Template:Fact Officially, it was produced by Vulcan Productions.
On the recommendation of her professor, a young female student (played by Venetia Stevenson) travels to a small Massachusetts town to do some research into witchcraft. She finds the town occupied by the reincarnation of an infamous witch (played by Patricia Jessel) burned at the stake in the 17th century.
Comparisons to PsychoEdit
This film has been compared to Psycho due to some structural similarities. Both films begin by establishing an attractive young blonde woman as the viewpoint character, leading the audience to assume that she will be the protagonist through the rest of the story. In both films, the blonde travels to a remote location and checks into a hotel or motel run by an eccentic manager. In both cases, the audience's expectations are shattered before the midpoint of the story when the young blonde is abruptly stabbed to death.
In Other Media Edit
The metal band Iron Maiden use scenes from this film in the video clip for Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter. Also King Diamond uses clips in their Sleepless Nights video while Rob Zombie used Christopher Lee's opening words to similarly preface one of his track from Hellbilly Deluxe.
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