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Andrew Todd

The Unexpected Infection Narrative of THE BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW, Sigourney Weaver, GODZILLA Showa Era on Vinyl, and More!
The Bite #142

The Unexpected Infection Narrative of THE BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW, Sigourney Weaver, GODZILLA Showa Era on Vinyl, and More!

In the opening minutes of Piers Haggard’s 1971 folk-horror classic The Blood On Satan’s Claw, the titular claw along with a misshapen skull and other bodily pieces is unearthed by farmer Ralph (Barry Andrews) while tilling his soil. He’s repulsed, deeming it a “fiend” to the town Judge (Patrick Wymark), but he’s not the only character to find pieces of the decomposing creature. When a local group of teenage schoolkids happen upon it, their reaction is different. To them, the claw is a novelty to be passed around and pored over. But since it is, after all, Satan’s claw, their behaviour inevitably causes evil to spread. What’s particularly interesting about this is its virality: in many ways, Satan’s Claw is as much an infection movie as it is a supernatural one.