Thursday, December 30, 2010

Kitley's Krypt MYSTERY PHOTO #72

Another week, another MYSTERY PHOTO!

Jon Kitley, pillar of the Chicago Horror Community and head honcho over at KITLEY'S KRYPT, wants to challenge your horror knowledge. Week in, week out, he posts a Mystery Photo - sometimes from an obscure horror title, sometimes just an unusual shot from a well-known classic. We figured our faithful Claw readers would enjoy the challenge!

Our last photo was from the 1971 occult thriller, BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW. When an inhuman skull is unearthed by a workman’s plow, strange events begin to occur in a quiet 17th-century English village. A young fiancee goes insane. Her betrothed cuts off his own hand. His aunt dies of a mysterious illness. Most horrifyingly, the village children form a fiendish cult, worshiping a strange creature in the woods and sacrificing their friends and family to appease it. Director Piers Haggard does a masterful job of cultivating a realistic feel to the events, painting an atmosphere of sinister menace with drab palettes and bold camerawork. Among the most haunting moments are those involving the coven’s sensuous young leader (Linda Hayden, with a pair of strangely evolving eyebrows) seducing her victims with an angelic smile and wicked body. Unusually solid acting, with Barry Andrews superb as the noble workman and Patrick Wymark, in his final role, turning in a remarkable multifaceted portrait of the local magistrate battling to save his town. The script is not without its flaws, but overall this effective low-budget film from Tigon is a fine companion piece to their Witchfinder General, in spirit as well as subject matter.

Let's see how you fare with this week's selection:

If you provide the correct answer, your name will be announced next week on the Kitley's Krypt website (, along with a new photo. Even if you don't know the answer, we welcome any sorta-kinda educated guess! So, send in your emails today and good luck!

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