Cry of the Banshee is a 1970 American horror film directed by Gordon Hessler and starring Vincent Price, Elizabeth Bergner, Hilary Dwyer, Essy Persson, and Hugh Griffith. Set in Elizabethan England, the film tells the story of Lord Edward Whitman (Price), a magistrate who attempts to a coven of witches. Oona, the leader of witches, becomes his sworn enemy, and to retaliate, Oona places a curse on Edward. She then calls upon a magical "sidhee" to attack and destroy the Whitman family. The sidhee takes the form of a stable boy and makes his way through the family, enacting Oona's revenge in gruesome and horrific ways. When Cry of the Banshee was released, the producers spuriously claimed that it was based off of an Edgar Allen Poe poem in hopes of creating buzz. While Vincent Price's performance in the film earned him high marks, the film did not do well with critics.