The Witches, released in the United States as The Devil's Own, is a 1966 British horror film directed by Cyril Frankel and starring Joan Fontaine, Alec McCowen, Kay Walsh, Ann Bell, Ingrid Boulting (billed as Ingrid Brett) and Gwen Ffrangcon Davies. Made by Hammer Films, it was adapted by Nigel Kneale from the novel The Devil's Own by Norah Lofts, published under the pseudonym Peter Curtis.
Gwen Mayfield, an English schoolteacher recovering from a nervous breakdown in Africa, takes a job from the Reverend Alan Bax. Bax runs a school in the remote village of Heddaby. It soon becomes apparent that Bax is neither a minister nor is the school associated with any church: Bax's sister, Stephanie, describes his wearing of the clerical collar as "a harmless pretense" and the only church nearby is an old ruin. Bax claims he wears clerical garb "for security", but refuses to elaborate.
|keywords||abuse begin cove drown gift hear hide injured little girl nervous breakdown no memory remote village ritual sacrifice shadow shingle special car wash work out|
|musicBy||Richard Rodney Bennett|
|producer||Anthony Nelson Keys|
|productionCompany||Hammer Film Productions Seven Arts Productions|
|publisher||20th Century Fox Associated British Picture Corporation|