Witchfinder General (OST) | De Wolfe DWCR005

Witchfinder General (OST)


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Label: De Wolfe

Cat No: DWCR005

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Soundtrack

Release Date: 25th November 2013



The score for Witchfinder General, Michael Reeves’ highly regarded 1968 cult horror movie starring Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvie, Rupert Davies, Wilfrid Brambell and Patrick Wymark, sees its first ever release. Paul Ferris’ haunting soundtrack has never been released in its entirety, despite being praised by many as one of the best of the era.

Remastered from the original quarter-inch tape (long presumed lost), the stylish package includes two “stings” not used on the final soundtrack. It also boasts liner notes by horror movie expert John Hamilton, detailed information regarding the film and its music, and rare stills and photos from the original production.

Paul Ferris is well known to exploitation movie fans for his scores to ‘The Sorcerers’ and ‘Blood Beast Terror’. Up until now, the soundtrack to Witchfinder General has remained unreleased, having been only recently discovered in the de Wolfe master-tape achive. With a haunting and melancholic British folk feel, the ‘Witchfinder’ music sits nicely alongside the other two holy-grail “Horror-Folk” soundtracks, namely ‘The Wicker Man’ and ‘Blood On Satan’s Claw’.

The film soon achieved cult status due to battles with the censor over cuts, attempts by local authority licensing committees to ban it and the sudden death of director Michael Reeves from an apparent drugs overdose.

“(4 stars) This first-time release for Paul Ferris's legendary score is stunning: pastoral English folk themes jolted by 12-tone horror. Essential.” - MOJO

Track Listing:
- Opening Titles
- Drama Sting No.1
- Captain Gordon Is That You?
- Nearly Home
- Peaceful Interlude
- Hopkins and Stearne
- A Ride In The Dark
- By The Water
- Interrogation Of the Priest
- In The Tavern
- The Gaol
- In The Shadows
- Stearne Attacks Sara
- Nocturnal No.3
- Sara's Tears
- The Moat
- Hanging From The Tree
- Richard Rides to Sara
- Soft Interlude
- Action Mood
- Not Selling
- Stearne Escapes
- It's My Justice
- Master Loach
- To Lavenham
- Hopkins Confronted
- Reunited
- The Widower
- Accused
- The Castle Dungeon
- End Credits
- Witchfinder Intrigue (Bonus Track)
- Witchfinder Tension (Bonus Track)

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