Necromancy (film)

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For the form of magic, see Necromancy.
Directed by Bert I. Gordon
Produced by Sidney L. Caplan
Gail March
Jeffrey M. Sneller
Written by Bert I. Gordon
Gail March
Starring Orson Welles
Pamela Franklin
Lee Purcell
Music by Fred Karger
Robert J. Walsh
Cinematography Winton C. Hoch
Edited by John B. Woelz
Distributed by Cinerama Releasing Corporation
Release dates
  • November 1972 (1972-11)
Running time
83 min.
Country United States
Language English

Necromancy (AKA A Life for a Life, The Toy Factory and The Witching) is a 1972 horror film directed by Bert I. Gordon and starring Orson Welles and Pamela Franklin.


A strange and sinister man, Mr. Cato (Orson Welles), wields extraordinary power in the small town of Lilith. The townsfolk indulge in weird rituals in their pursuit of necromancy, bring the dead back to life. Against this disturbing background a beautiful young girl, Lori (Pamela Franklin), becomes the human catalyst. She is married to one of Cato's workers and holds the key between life and death: what Cato and his followers have in mind is using Lori to bring back Cato's dead son.



The film was released theatrically in the United States by Cinerama Releasing Corporation in 1972.

The film was released on VHS in the U.S. as The Witching by both Paragon Video Productions and Magnum Entertainment in the 1983.

The film was released on DVD in the United Kingdom by Pegasus Entertainment in 2002. It has still not been officially released on DVD in the U.S.

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