The Conqueror Worm (Also known as Witchfinder General)1968, United Kingdom, American International release, Color, about 88 minutes. Stars: Vincent Price as Matthew Hopkins, Hilary Dwyer as Sara, Rupert Davies as John Lowes, Robert Russell as John Stearne and Ian Ogilvy as Richard Marshall. Schlock-Meter rating: 9 and 1/2 stars out of 10.
By Doug Gibson
(I was watching a couple of interviews (recent) with the great John Waters on YouTube and one comment he made, when discussing "Multiple Maniacs," tickled my funny bone. Reminiscing about the outraged reviews his films would receive in the 1970s, Waters recalled that one review called "Multiple Maniacs" even worse than "The Conqueror Worm."
Waters admitted he's never seen "The Conqueror Worm," but said he thought he'd like it.
He would; it's a great film and here's a review:)
Ever wanted to see how really evil a person Vincent Price could portray in a film? Go rent, or buy, the Conqueror Worm. This is a magnificent film about 17th Century England and witch hunter Matthew Hopkins (Price) who is the law in a war-torn land. The plot: The sadistic Hopkins and his henchman Stearne (Russell) terrorize towns by executing “witches” and collecting cash for their services. In Brandiston, they torture an aged preacher. In order to save the preacher’s life, his niece Sara (Dwyer) agrees to be Hopkins’ sex slave. But after Stearne rapes Sara, Hopkins loses interest in Sara and kills her uncle.