This is an wonderful example of British TV drama from the golden age of the '70s. The gritty realism and remote setting lend a unique atmosphere to this tale of witchcraft and local superstition. It has lost none of its bite over time. It features some excellent and hypnotic performances, especially from Una Brandon-Jones who elicits both sympathy for her persecution and then terror when her true powers are manifested. Thoroughly recommended for all those who relish intelligent and original horror stories.
'Murrain' is available on DVD as a bonus on the double disc set of 'Beasts'- a six part series scripted by Nigel Kneale and aired in 1976. This set is a must for any fan of Kneale, who remains one of the most imaginative and inventive minds in the field of horror and sci-fi.
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