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The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959)

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Jonathan Drake, while attending his brother's funeral, is shocked to find the head of the deceased is missing. When his brother's skull shows up later in a locked cabinet, Drake realizes an... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Valerie French ...
Alison Drake
Grant Richards ...
Police Lt. Jeff Rowan
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Dr. Emil Zurich
Lumsden Hare ...
Rogers
Frank Gerstle ...
Lee Coulter
Paul Wexler ...
Zutai
Howard Wendell ...
Dr. George Bradford
Paul Cavanagh ...
Kenneth Drake
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Jonathan Drake, while attending his brother's funeral, is shocked to find the head of the deceased is missing. When his brother's skull shows up later in a locked cabinet, Drake realizes an ancient curse placed upon his grandfather by a tribe of South American Jivaro Indians is still in effect and that he himself is the probable next victim. That night he is awakened by the approach of an Indian, his lips sewed together with string, and wielding a curare-tipped bamboo knife. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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A Terrifying Case of SKULL-DUGGERY! See more »

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Horror | Mystery

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13 November 1959 (USA)  »

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The script is based in part on the Amazonian Indian practice of removing the skulls from decapitated heads, padding them with hot sand and shrinking them to an extremely small size. See more »

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When Kenneth Drake is walking to the window to investigate the shrunken head hanging outside, there is a poorly placed splice (film "jumps") with the background (curtains suddenly appear) and lighting drastically changing. See more »

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This one stands alone
10 May 2003 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

My VHS copy of this film-taken from a television broadcast 25 years ago is never long on the shelf. I show this film alot. This is one of those rare films that stands alone. It defies being pigeonholed. The plot is one of a kind. Although the budget appears to be slight the film actually benefits from this. The acting is high caliber. I remember as a kid originally seeing it late one Saturday night on Chiller Theatre (out of Pittsburgh Pa.) The headhunter with his lips sown shut haunted my dreams for weeks! Fans of B-movies should make an effort to see this film. It would be an excellent candidate for restoration and digital release.


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