Secret Rites / Legend of the Witches (DVD+BLU)
The 39th release in the long-standing BFI Flipside feature sees the release of two far out British films.
Legend of the Witches
X-rated upon its original release Legend of the Witches (1970) is a documentary which looks in detail at previously concealed magic rites and rituals. Distributing the secrets of initiation into a coven, divination through animal sacrifice, ritual scrying, the casting of a 'death spell', and the frightening intimacy of a Black Mass. It also looks at Britain's hidden pagan tradition and its constant impact on our lives today. A film by Malcolm Leigh
Part Mondo movie, part countercultural artefact Secret Rites (1971) this bizarre mid-length 'documentary' by exploitation director Derek Ford lifts the lid on witchcraft in 1970s Notting Hill. Mystery band The Spindle provide the pleasing, psychedelic sounds while cautious occult fanatic Penny and a serious-sounding narrator present the viewer to three ritual acts. A film by Derek Ford
Release Date 14th October 2019