Blood on Satan's Claw

Synopsis: In the XVIII Century, in the countryside of England, the landsman Ralph Gower finds a skull with one eye and fur on the field. He summons the local judge to see his finding but it has disappeared. Meanwhile the local Peter Edmonton brings his fiancée Rosalind Barton to his aunt's house to marry her on the next day. However during the night Rosalind becomes insane and in the morning she is sent to an asylum and Peter sees a claw that has replaced her hand. Then Peter wakes up with a claw attacking him and he cuts it out, but he finds that he has hacked down his own hand. The local children have a strange behavior under the command of Angel Blake and they rape and kill others. In common, they have a strange fur on their skin. The judge returns from London and concludes that evil has possessed the children. What will he and his search party do?
Genre: Horror
97 min


(Crows cawing)

Go on, girl!

Ralph! Ralph!





(Loud cawing)

Well, here's a how-do-you do.

What is your name, young man?

Ralph Gower, an' it please you, sir.

l wouldn't lie to Your Worship.

You work these fields each year?

Yes, sir, l be ploughman

to Mistress Banham.

Ralph, you disturb me greatly with this tale.

l don't mean to, ma'am.

lf you have unearthed a corpse, man,

summon your local Justice.

- lt's hardly a case for me.

- But it weren't human, sir.

There were a fur.

Fur? Then it was an animal's remains.

- You're wasting my time.

- No, sir, honest.

lt were more like some fiend.

You see, my dear lsobel,

the way these old superstitions die hard.

Come and look, sir, then you'll believe me.

Pray, dear Judge,

do ascertain the truth of his story.

Merely to set my mind at rest.

Very well.

We'll investigate your fiend.


There be the master with a lady.


l would have Cathy for my lady one day.

(Woman) Be that true? You've run away?

Did ye climb down a ladder

in the moonlight?

(Man) Ha, ha! Just so, Cathy.

And her father chased after us with a stick.

l do wish Ralph would run away

with me some time.

(Man) Ha!

Mistress Banham. Mistress Banham.

- What is it, Ellen?

- 'Tis Mr Peter with a young lady.

What's that?

Oh, look, 'tis Miss Rosalind Barton.

l heard he be courting her.

(Mistress Banham) A farmer's daughter.

Be they wed? Shall we have

a new young mistress in the house?

No, Ellen, we shall not.

Be about your business.


Am l fit to meet your aunt?

l pray she will like me.

Oh, you may be assured she will. Come on.

Come on, girl. Come on.

Are you there, Aunt?

l want you to meet Miss Rosalind Barton.

She and l are to be married tomorrow.

Rosalind, l want you to meet my aunt,

Mistress Banham.

You disappoint me, Peter.

The judge was offended

when you did not have lunch with him.

He's a most important man.

'Tis an honour to meet you, Mistress

Banham. 'Tis a grand house you have here.

So, Miss Barton, you intend

to marry my nephew. ls that it?

Well, Ralph?

But sir, it were just here. l swear it.

The plough had turned it up.

- Human remains.

- No, sir. A sort of head, a face.

Of a fiend?

l must surmise, Ralph,

that you're wasting my time.


l nearly lost him. Good day, Ralph.

Good day, Reverend.

Good day, sir.

Friendly creatures.

Ubique opera domini.

This be Reverend Fallowfield,

your worship. He's our curate.


Ralph here claims he discovered

a deformed anatomy in those furrows.

Knew you of any such?

Not since Meg Parsons died.

But strange folk have been seen

to pass this way....

from time to time.

l see.

So, young people, your elders triumph.

lt does not appear that Miss Barton

is the perfect partner for you.

No doubt in other respects,

she will do better.

l hope you will all excuse me if l retire.

l hope the young lady doesn't propose

to stay here,

under the same roof as her intended.

(Peter) Well, sir,

it may not appear correct, sir.

Quite incorrect.

Surely she can go home?

No, sir. That's the trouble.

- Ah.

- Aunt, where shall Rosalind sleep?

The Judge is passing the night here.

Far too late for him to return to the inn.

- Then Rosalind shall have my room.

- No.

No, she can have the attic.

But it hasn't been inhabited

these five years. The room is filthy.

Tush. Ellen will prepare it.

lt's a charming room.

Why does your aunt dislike me so?

(Peter) She suspects you're with child.

There, there, my sweet.

All will be well tomorrow.

- Whose are these things?

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Robert Wynne-Simmons

Robert Anthony Wynne-Simmons (born 18 August 1947) is a British composer, film director and screenwriter. He began to make films and write plays, poetry and music while still at school (Lancing College in Sussex, England).In 1966, he attended Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he received an M.A. in English Literature. The college funded the making of The Judgment of Albion, a film based on the prophetic writings of William Blake, voiced by Anthony Quayle and Donald Sinden. A copy is now with the British Film Institute.In 1970, he wrote the screenplay for Blood on Satan's Claw. (Directed by Piers Haggard) He subsequently worked for the BBC as a film editor, and was a graduate of the NFTS in Beaconsfield (1975). In 1978, he worked for Radio Telefis Eireann in Dublin, where he directed Double Piquet, in 1979.In 1981–2, he wrote and directed The Outcasts. The actor Cyril Cusack appeared in both. Also in The Outcasts were Mick Lally and Mary Ryan, who won the prize for Best Actress in the San Remo Festival in 1984, where the film won Best First Feature. The film also won prizes in the Oporto film festival, Brussels Fantasy film festival, and in Geneva. After a brief period directing for The Book Tower, a children's TV series made by Yorkshire Television, he returned to Ireland to direct and write for the group of T.V. dramas known as When Reason Sleeps, made by Strongbow Productions, Radio Telefis Eireann and Channel 4. In 1992, his short film Scherzo was shown at the Venice Biennale, the Chicago Film Festival and The San Francisco Festival, where it was awarded four stars.In 2006, he returned as a writer to the stage, with The Deluge a play based on the short stories of Karen Blixen, which he directed in Edinburgh that year with Susannah York in the leading role. In 2007, his monologue "Kurtz" was performed with The Deluge at the New End Theatre, Hampstead.He lives and works in Oppenheim, Germany. more…

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