Monday, 21 April 2014

Doctor Who Vs. Blood On Satan's Claw

Short-lived British film company Tigon Films was founded to compete with the Hammer and Amicus features of the Sixties. This low-budget production was released in 1970. Here, a village set in 17th century England is taken over by demonic possession.
In his 2010 documentary, A History of HorrorMark Gatiss referred to a sub-genre he called 'folk horror' that included Blood on Satan's Claw and the iconic film, The Wicker Man (1973).
Shown on the Horror channel early this morning, this B-movie featured Wendy Padbury (pictured as Cathy Vespers), Anthony Ainley (Reverand Fallowfield), Roberta Tovey (Coven Member), and nine other Doctor Who cast and crew connections:
  • Simon Williams (Edmonton) played Group Captain 'Chunky' Ian Gilmore in Remembrance of the Daleks, a role he reprised for Big Finish's spin-off audio series, Counter Measures and the upcoming release, 1963: The Assassination Games - he also voiced Paul Addison and Shara for Nekromanteia (2003), and the Guardian for The Guardians of Prophecy (2012)
  • Barry Andrews (Gower) was Stott in Nightmare of Eden
  • Godfrey James (Blake) was Tarn in Underworld
  • Eric Mason, Geoffrey Hughes, Anna Wing and Andrew McCulloch (Villagers) were Smedley in The Sea Devils, and Green in The Mind of Evil; Mr. Popplewick in The Trial of a Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe; and Anatta in Kinda (part 1), respectively - the latter went on to co-write Meglos
  • Harry Fielder (Militiaman), a veteran of fifteen 'classic' era appearances, was a Guard (in serials PP, ZZZ, 4L, 4P, 5A, 5F, 5Z), a Crewman (SS, 4T), a Vogan (4D), an Assassin (4Q), a Tigellan (5Q), and a Krarg in Shada 
  • cinematographer Dick Bush was film cameraman on The Romans

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