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The Skull (1965)

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A collector comes into possession of the skull of the Marquis de Sade and learns it is possessed by an evil spirit.

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Christopher Maitland
Patrick Wymark ...
Marco
Jill Bennett ...
Jane Maitland
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Inspector Wilson
Patrick Magee ...
Police Surgeon
Peter Woodthorpe ...
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Auctioneer
George Coulouris ...
Dr. Londe
April Olrich ...
French Girl
Maurice Good ...
Pierre, Phrenologist
Anna Palk ...
Maid
Frank Forsyth ...
Judge
Paul Stockman ...
First Guard
Geoffrey Cheshire ...
Second Guard
George Hilsdon ...
Policeman
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A collector of esoterica, Dr. Maitland, buys an unusual skull from his ordinary source of artifacts. The skull is what remains of marquis De Sade. Much too soon he discovers how the skull affects him: by turning him into a frenzied killer. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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When the Skull strikes you'll Scream!

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25 August 1965 (USA)  »

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A Caveira  »

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Trivia

The heirs of Donatien Alphonse François de Sade pressed charges to prevent any use of his name on the advertising material. The changes on posters and lobby-cards were made at the very last minute by sticking the new title "Le Crâne Maléfique" (meaning "The Evil Skull") on top of the former, "Les forfaits du Marquis de Sade" (meaning "the Infamies of Marquis de Sade"). Only on that condition the film could finally be released in the French territory. See more »

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When Dr. Christopher Maitland goes to murder his wife, the table in his study is shown again, but the book and statue are missing, showing only the skull of the Marquis De Sade. See more »

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[first lines]
Pierre: What are you doing here?
French Girl: Aren't you pleased to see me?
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Great THRILLER !
8 August 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Peter Cushing (Dr. Christopher Maitland),"Monster Island",'81, gave a great performance as a collector of Horror items and came into contact with the young looking Christopher Lee, (Sir Matthew Phillips),"The Gorgon",'64, who also had a very large collection of strange and mysterious items of murder and devil worship. Sir Matthew had in his possession the SKULL of the famous Marques de Sade, a gentlemen who loved horror and torture and also wrote the "Story of O". The two gentlemen combined their collection and this story becomes a thriller all seen through the very eyes of the SKULL!. This film will keep your eyes glued to the screen through out the entire picture. ENJOY!


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