HAMMER Restoration: THE WITCHES (Cyril Frankel/1966) Available on DVD & Blu-ray.



Directed by: Cyril Frankel

Screenplay by Nigel Kneale.

Starring: Joan Fontaine, Kay Walsh and Alec McCowen


Following the releases of the fully restored Hammer classics, THE DEVIL RIDES OUT,THE MUMMY’S SHROUD and RASPUTIN THE MAD MONK last year, STUDIOCANAL are delighted to announce the release of THE WITCHES fully restored just in time for Halloween.


Originally released in 1966, THE WITCHES is an unforgettably chilling pastoral horror from legendary British production company HAMMER. Adapted for the screen by Nigel Kneale(The Quatermass Experiment) it also stars Joan Fontaine (Rebecca, Suspicion)in her last major film role.Gwen Mayfield, an English school teacher working as a missionary in Africa, suddenly finds herself being victimised by a tribe of local witch doctors. Exposed to the deadly powers of the occult she is left deeply traumatised. In an effort to recover Gwen takes up a position in a rural school within the British countryside. But the idyllic village surroundings become increasingly sinister as Gwen begins to uncover a nightmarish web of dark and satanic secrets.

Extras: Documentary “Hammer Glamour”
Tech Specs:Cert: 12 / Catalogue No: OPTBD0641 / RRP: £22.99

Blu-ray:Region B / Total Running Time: 91 min approx / Colour PAL / FeatureAspect Ratio: 1.66:1 / Video Codec: HD Standard 1080p / Audio Codec: 2.0 MonoLPCM / English Language

DVD:Region 2 / Feature Running Time: 88 min approx / Feature Aspect Ratio:1.66:1 / Colour PAL / Audio: Mono 2.0 / English language