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
When the Skull strikes you'll Scream!
Did You Know?
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
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
What are you doing here?
Aren't you pleased to see me?
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