The Witches

Synopsis: An English school teacher outposted in Africa has a run in with the local witch doctor and suffers a nervous breakdown. After recovering back in England she takes a job teaching in a small country town hoping to make a new start for herself. All goes well at first, until she starts to hear some disturbing stories about the town. She soon discovers the town is home to a coven of witches and they plan to sacrifice a local girl in one of their rituals.
Genre: Horror
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

for Miss Mayfield when she comes."

Mind you, I...

I didn't expect you so soon, like...

I would have had tea all ready.

Still, I'll er...

I'll make it in a minute.

Here's the bedroom.

You all right then?

More than all right,

thank you... Valerie?

Yes, Valerie.

I come in every day.

Er... do you want to see it all

right away?

- No, you make tea. I'll explore.

- All right.


Hello, puss. Hello.

Does the cat belong here?

Oh... no, he don't.

But he's hung about all day.

Maybe he's looking

for a new home.

Pretty boy.

You like it here too, do you?

How far is the rectory?

- The rectory, Miss?

- I thought I'd pay my respects to Mr Bax.

Oh, you mean the Bax's house.

Is it far from here?

Why, it's just up the lane

and around.

I'll show you after tea, Miss.

- I'm Miss Mayfield.

- Please come in.

Miss Mayfield?

I'm Stephanie Bax,

Alan's sister.

- How do you do?

- I've been so longing to meet you.

Will you come into my study?

Excuse the mess.

I'm in the middle of an article.

- Sorry I Interrupted you.

- Not a bit. It deserved interrupting.

It just won't jell.

Well, perhaps it will tomorrow,

you never know.

- Will you have a drink?

- Please.

Gin? Or there's er...

oh dear, gin again, or...

Oh no, it's not possible -

more gin.

Well, let's call it

a very dry Martini.

- Will you sit down?

- Thank you.

Er, are you the Stephanie Bax?

"The"? Oh dear!

I knew your name straight away,

but I wasn't sure it was the same person.

I read your articles

in the Sunday papers - I really do.

And agree

with every single word?

- N0.

- That's better.

- Do you often disagree?

- Sometimes. Violently.

I think you'll like it here.

It's primitive,

septic tanks and all that, but it's real.

- The church...

- What about it?

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Nigel Kneale

Thomas Nigel Kneale (18 April 1922 – 29 October 2006) was a British screenwriter. He wrote professionally for more than 50 years, was a winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, and was twice nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best British Screenplay. In 2000, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association. Predominantly a writer of thrillers that used science-fiction and horror elements, he was best known for the creation of the character Professor Bernard Quatermass. Quatermass was a heroic scientist who appeared in various television, film and radio productions written by Kneale for the BBC, Hammer Film Productions and Thames Television between 1953 and 1996. Kneale wrote original scripts and successfully adapted works by writers such as George Orwell, John Osborne, H. G. Wells and Susan Hill. He was most active in television, joining BBC Television in 1951; his final script was transmitted on ITV in 1997. Kneale wrote well-received television dramas such as The Year of the Sex Olympics (1968) and The Stone Tape (1972) in addition to the Quatermass serials. He has been described as "one of the most influential writers of the 20th century," and as "having invented popular TV." more…

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