Episode 117. Fear of Folk: The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971)

We’re back on our old stomping grounds of Salem Horror Fest to plow the fertile fields of themes and metaphors to unearth why the British folk horror classic, The Blood on Satan’s Claw, left us feeling so icky. From teens and occultism to PSAs and power, we dig deep. 
 
 
 

REQUIRED READING

The Blood on Satan’s Claw. Dir Piers Haggard, 1971. 
 

EXTRA CREDIT

Folk Horror Hours Dreadful And Things Strange. Paul Scovell’s essential text for British folk horror. 
 
Satanic Tourism: Adolescent Dabblers and Identity Work. Pseudo-Satanism as harmless teen fun!
 
 

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One thought on “Episode 117. Fear of Folk: The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971)

  1. FictionIsntReal says:

    It is absolutely false to contrast Japan with “colonizing nations”.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_territories_acquired_by_the_Empire_of_Japan

    I don’t think 17 is (or was at the time) legally underage in the UK. Per wikipedia, the age is 16. I’m not sure why there would be a requirement that the scene be darkened. It wasn’t when I watched it on Tubi (which is admittedly unlikely to be subject to UK law).

    The furry marker on people’s bodies seems to be inspired by this:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch%27s_mark

    This film does endorse the state using violence against the cultists, but not rape.

    I had never heard of this film prior to you covering it. Maybe it’s because I’m not British, but I wouldn’t have thought of it as “part of our culture” even as a fan of a lot of 70s horror movies.

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