BLOOD ON SATANS CLAW
SATANS CLAW; SATANS SKIN
Blood on Satan's Claw is a mostly muddled variation. The plot is hapharzedly assembled its principal protagonist (Patrick Wymarks Judge) drops out part way through and the ending is a anti-climax. The film is raised somewhat by a superb score and in being directed with some effect by Piers Haggard. Haggard creates some nice scenes with claws creeping up through floorboards and Linda Hayden trying to tempt the local vicar. With something like a script to hold it together, Blood on Satan's Claw could have been impressive.
Former Doctor Who (1963-89) bimbo Wendy Padbury is particularly noteworthy as a naive flower-child and Michele Dotrice, daughter of Roy, is standout with her haunting grasp of regional accent as the frightened Margaret. Linda Hayden, a minor Anglo-horror queen, holds the show as the seductive Angel.
Director Piers Haggard is the great-grandson of the adventure writer H. Rider Haggard, author of books like King Solomons Mines (1885) and She (1887). Blood on Satan's Claw was Piers Haggards debut as a director. Haggard has since floated around the genre in film and tv with efforts such as the Dennis Potter mini-series Pennies from Heaven (1978), Quatermass/The Quatermass Conclusion (1979), The Fiendish Plot of Dr Fu Manchu (1980), Venom (1982) and The Breakthrough/The Lifeforce Experiment (1994).