Since many of my "50 Horror Classics" are, like Brandon over at Movies at Dog Farm noted, neither Horror or Classic, I think we all need a diversion.
Rule #3 Think thrice before hammering a metal mask onto a witch and then burning her---you might lose your loved ones.
This is not your average iron mask. Who needs clasps in the back when you have four inch nails protruding from it's underside--a couple where the eyes go, and well, isn't that enough? And what better way to fasten it then by whacking it with a wooden mallet? Streams of blood ran freely from her iron eyes. Truly made me cringe and watch with one eye closed, either out of horror or sympathy pains, I'm not sure.
After a rough night and a long day's ride, Blake makes it home. But while settling down for a good nights sleep, his wife Sarah (Nicole Kilmer) starts gasping for breath, coughs up blood, and drops dead. Shortly thereafter the witch returns, and if the mask scene wasn't grim enough, we meet little Mary, (Chloe Konieczki) whose makeup is second only to her acting, and in my opinion the little darling steals the show. Like a cat sucking the air from a baby, Mary's breath becomes labored. Each of her gasps for air takes my breath away, and then in her father's arm's she breathes her last. Her head falls back, and with eyes fully open she dies. I believe we will be seeing much more from little Chloe Konieczki.
Witchfinder is not just straight horror, though. Colin provides us with a reprieve, allows us to catch our breath, so to speak, between the witch fry and the chaos of Blake's wife and child dying before his eyes, with the Witchfinder's ride home. I don't know where you picked up that horse Colin, but he/she was a beaut. I was truly mesmerized by its gait, main, tale, and sheen. Your groom oughta get a raise. Just watching Blake riding through the woods with the bare trees, and the cinematic grays, was beautiful. All in all, like James from Behind the Couch (one of my favorite places to hide!) wrote, more or less, There was a lot packed in to this 18 minute film, and Colin, I'll add, you used ever minute of it, including the opening and closing credits, which were just as mesmerizing as Blake's trip through the woods. What a joy.....Thanks for giving me a snapshot into an era near and dear to my heart, and hooking me up with your short. Now for your viewing pleasure, here's the trailer and a link to the movie over at Popcorn Horror.
Until next time...Keep those fires stoked!