The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971) isn’t the strangest film I’ve ever seen, but close. Someone called it “folk horror,” which I guess is as good of a term as any. The beautiful Linda Haydan plays Angel Blake, who is at the center of the turmoil happening in this rural area after she finds a claw in the soil that a plowboy had just turned and ran off afraid with his findings.

Damn you, you old pagan. Would you like to know what happens to your precious pupils? Angel Blake

The Blood on Satan's Claw A young woman grows a claw in the night, and when her fiancé, Peter, goes into the attic after she’s gone, he’s attacked by something living in the space below the floor. In his terror, he cuts off his own hand. These are just a few of the strange occurrences that happen in The Blood on Satan’s Claw.

The revelation of what has caused all the young people to go mad, and a few of adults too, is weird, but not unexpected, well, mostly because of the title of the film. The special effects are well done for 1971 standards, and not the worst for today’s standards either. The story and the acting are solid, too.

4 Stars

The Blood on Satan’s Claw is cleverly put together and enacted. If you get a chance to see it, do it. I give it 4 out of 5 Stars.

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