Set in the mid 1600's, in the midst of the English Civil War between the forces of Oliver Crowell and King Charles, Vincent Price stars as Matthew Hopkins. The titular Witchfinder General of the film, who travels the Eastern counties of England, offering his services to gullible townsfolk.
When a young Roundhead cavalryman, Richard Marshall (Ian Ogilvy), finds that Hopkins and his assistant Stearne (Robert Russel) raped his wife Sarah (hillary Dwyer), before executing his Father-in-law for Witchcraft back in his home village. He defies orders and sets after them with a small group of soldiers, on a personal quest for revenge.
But with Hopkins well liked by the towns Magistrates, who believe him to be doing the Lord's work, bringing him down will be no easy task.
Loosely based on real events, the film features various good olde fashioned methods of torture and execution, including people being ducked, branded, beaten, stuck with needles and burned alive at the stake (sounds like a fun way to earn a living), which resulted in some of the more notorious scenes being trimmed from the original UK release by the film censors.
Vincent Price is excellent as the fiendish Witchfinder, so if your a fan of the Hammer or Amicus style of horror films, you should really enjoy this.