This is the story of the British Isles, four hundred years ago, where mass trials and executions erupted across the country and the reasoning behind this chaos and violence boiled down to witches. Back then the people were convinced that they sank ships, brought famine and disease, murdered and maimed because it was believed that these witches worked for Satan.
It sounds like something straight out of a horror film but in fact hundreds of unlucky individuals were persecuted, tortured and put to death in a hysterical effort to stamp out the scourge of witchcraft. Just imagine living in that world, a world where you could be accused, tortured and executed on the basis of nothing more than gossip and superstition.
This film explores how such a deadly and violent idea got so out of control in Britain and asks what was it that drove the persecutors to such awful lengths and what was it like for the victims who were tortured and executed for crimes they couldn’t possibly have been responsible for.
5 Comments / User Reviews
SOO boring! just goes from one historical account to the next but it doesnt actually say one thing about WHAT these witches were doing or accused of doing. Obviously it touched on it a bit, but theres more to the movement of witchcraft. For real… were these witches making wild sacrifices of animals or different weird satanic practices??? im sure the extreme tortue was not justified, but the hysteria may have been
Reminds me of the douche bag couple who beat their son to death in the name of religion. Yes I can imagine living in that time. I DO!
So a person who knows how to heal is accused of being a witch and in line with the devil, but someone who tortures another for such is a good man of god? smh
That’s religion for ya!
Yep – there are bad people everywhere but to persuade essentially decent people to do truly appalling things – that takes religion.