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

Pack the books tightly, Mark,

we don't want to leave any behind.

Mark! Stop that!

It is what men say, Miss.

It's not true.

Nothing like that can happen to you.

They're just trying to wear us down.

This continual noise...

Come on, let's get the other things.

I don't think

anything can happen to us now.

As a matter of fact I know it can't.

They probably know

that help is on its way as much as we do.

Oh, more books, Mark.

Oh dear, but...

There's... so much to pack

and so...

Come on, get some desks.

No good, Miss. He come now.

They're just

trying to terrorise us, that's all.

That his sign.

That say he come.

No, he'll eat your soul.

Nothing can eat your soul.

Adam! Mark!

Come back here!



I wonder,

are there any messages for me?

I'll check, Sir.

Would you come this way,

please, Madam?

Your coat, Madam?

- Miss Gwen Mayfield?

- Yes.

- How do you do? I'm Alan Bax.

- How do you do?

- Please sit down, won't you?

- Thank you.

- Er... waiter!

- Sir.

- We'd like some tea.

- Please.

- And anything to eat?

- No, thank you.

No? Just tea then.

- It was good of you to come.

- It was good of you to ask me.

We had a lot of replies

to the advertisement.

- Oh?

- But there was something about yours.


That's why I suggested meeting.

Your background sounded

more interesting, your work in Africa.

Yes, well, er...

my letters told you all about me.

I've been teaching

since I came back to England.

Yours is a church school?

Er... no, a private school.

Just for the village.

My family founded it many years ago.

- Private?

- Oh, the salary's good.

Oh, I didn't mean...

Well, I know about private schools,

but ours is well-endowed.

We're a rich family, I'm afraid...

or used to be.

Not quite so rich now,

and that's just my sister and myself.

And we both felt...

someone who's worked abroad

might stimulate the children's minds.

- Was it a mission school in Africa?

- Yes.

Now, you mentioned

a breakdown in health.

Well, I did have,

but I'm perfectly all right now, thank you.

Well, I'm sorry to have to...

Well, of course you do.

I understand.

- When 0ne's dealing with children...

- Mr Bax, I'm completely well now, I...

Well, I mean, there were

special circumstances, you see.

A tribal rebellion,

and things got out of hand.

It wasn't the people's fault, the...

It was the witch-doctors

who led them.

You see, they wanted us out,

and they used horrible ways, I...

I can't, I mean...

Well, what happened, ljust can't...

You'll like Heddaby,

Miss Mayfield.

It's a remarkably attractive village,

though I've known it all my life,

of course, but it really is.

We've taken care of it, you see.

And the schoolhouse -

you'll like that, too, I know you will.

- Do you mean... I've got the job?

- If you want it.

- Goodbye.

- See you tomorrow.

- Erm...

- Can I help you, Miss?

Yes, please.

Which way is the schoolhouse?

- Just round the corner.

- Round there. Hm, thanks.

- You the new head teacher?

- Yes, I am.

- Pleased to meet you, Miss.

- Thank you.

Miss Mayfield.


- Welcome to Heddaby.

- Thank you.

They told me to say that

the very first.

- I'm Valerie. Valerie Creek, that is.

- How do you do?

- Er, can I take your bags?

- Oh yes, please.

- Afternoon, Miss.

- Good afternoon.

I'm Dowsett.

I look after your garden for you.

It's lovely.

- It's nice, isn't it?

- Mmh.

They do look after it.

Old Miss Westleton,

what I was here till now,

she never had to do a thing.

They wouldn't let her.

Mr Bax,

he says to me this morning,

"Now, see everything's perfect

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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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