Film screening: Witchfinder General

 

Date and time: Friday 26 October, 6.30pm-9.00pm

Tickets: £10

Location: Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6YT

Description:

Set in 1645, during the English Civil War, Witchfinder General follows Essex lawyer turned witchfinder Matthew Hopkins, and his servant John Stearne, as they tour the country instigating witch hunts and extracting confessions through torture. Starring Vincent Price, the film is based on Ronald Bassett's novel of the same name, and was released in 1968. 50 years after it was first released Witchfinder General, described as a horror masterpiece, still unsettles with subversive messages about power, belief and the violent legacy of the past.

The film will be preceded by a talk on the real history behind the film from Syd Moore, researcher, best-selling novelist, and activist, whose writing has been inspired by her research on Essex myths and legends.

Film length: 86m 41s

Rating: The film is rated 18 as it contains strong violence and execution scenes. If you are lucky enough to look under 18 we will ask to see proof of your age on the door

Parking

If you are coming by car please e-mail heritage.education@essex.gov.uk