A farmer plowing a field in 17th century England unearths a deformed skull and a monstrous, skeletal claw. So begins The Blood on Satan's Claw, a gem of early 1970s British horror cinema strongly recommended to anyone who saw A Field in England recently at The Belcourt.
Drawing inspiration from the youth culture movement, the Mod Decade’s occult fad and just a pinch of Nigel Kneale’s Quatermass and the Pit, director Piers Haggard builds a creepy, apocalyptic mood as a nonhuman degenerative evil spreads among the youth of the village. Is it science or the supernatural? Whatever the case, the long-term best interests of humanity are definitely not on the hidden agenda.
Don’t miss this rather obscure classic from the Tigon production company (and Cannon Films!) when it screens in the Cult Fiction Underground at Logue's Black Raven Emporium, Nashville’s cult-movie rumpus room, 8 and 10 p.m. tonight projected from DVD. Tomorrow night, kicking off the March schedule: Kurt Russell in John Carpenter's waay awesome remake of The Thing.