MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 237 this week

The Skull (1965)

6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 1,207 users  
Reviews: 33 user | 57 critic

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

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 31 titles
created 19 Jul 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 10 May 2014
 
a list of 30 images
created 12 May 2014
 
a list of 46 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 24 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Skull" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Skull (1965)

The Skull (1965) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Skull.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Gorgon (1964)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In the early 20th century, a Gorgon takes human form and terrorizes a small European village by turning its citizens to stone.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Richard Pasco
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A Scotland Yard investigator looks into four mysterious cases involving an unoccupied house: 1) A writer encounters a strangler of his own creation, 2) Two men are obsessed with a wax ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Duffell
Stars: John Bryans, John Bennett, Christopher Lee
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A centenarian artist and scientist in 1890 Paris maintains his youth ad health by periodically replacing a gland with that of a living person.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Anton Diffring, Hazel Court, Christopher Lee
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Edinburgh surgeon Dr. Robert Knox requires cadavers for his research into the functioning of the human body; local ne'er-do-wells Burke and Hare find ways to provide him with fresh ... See full summary »

Director: John Gilling
Stars: Peter Cushing, June Laverick, Donald Pleasence
I, Monster (1971)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Christopher Lee stars in the Amicus production of "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" where the names have been changed to Dr. Marlowe and Mr. Blake. Lee as Dr. Marlowe experiments with intravenous ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Weeks
Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Mike Raven
Certificate: GP Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

While mainland Britain shivers in deepest winter, the northern island of Fara bakes in the nineties. The boys at the Met station have no more idea what is going on than the regulars at the ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Christopher Lee, Patrick Allen, Peter Cushing
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Anthology film from Amicus adapted from four short stories by R. Chetwynd-Hayes strung together about an antique dealer who owns a shop called Temptations Ltd. and the fate that befalls his... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Connor
Stars: Peter Cushing, Ian Bannen, Ian Carmichael
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Eight people are shrouded with the mystery behind the werewolf, and only one of them is! It's up to the viewer to find out!

Director: Paul Annett
Stars: Calvin Lockhart, Peter Cushing, Marlene Clark
Adventure | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In this engaging costume melodrama of skulduggery on the low seas set back in the 18th-century, the Royal Crown suspects a bit of smuggling is going on in this locale, and they send Captain... See full summary »

Director: Peter Graham Scott
Stars: Peter Cushing, Yvonne Romain, Patrick Allen
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

England, 1795: the young Catherine has just married Charles Fengriffen and moves into his castle. She becomes the victim of an old curse that lays on the family. On her wedding night she is raped by a ghost and gets pregnant.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee
Sci-Fi | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Penniless, Baron Frankenstein, accompanied by his eager assistant Hans, arrives at his family castle near the town of Karlstaad, vowing to continue his experiments in the creation of life. ... See full summary »

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Peter Cushing, Peter Woodthorpe, Duncan Lamont
Horror | Sci-Fi | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A serial killer, who drains his victims for blood is on the loose in London, the Police follow him to a house owned by an eccentric scientist.

Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Christopher Maitland
Patrick Wymark ...
Marco
Jill Bennett ...
Jane Maitland
...
Inspector Wilson
Patrick Magee ...
Police Surgeon
Peter Woodthorpe ...
Travers
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

When the Skull strikes you'll Scream!

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 August 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Caveira  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pierre: What are you doing here?
French Girl: Aren't you pleased to see me?
See more »

Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Ghosts (1996) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
THE SKULL (Freddie Francis, 1965) ***
19 October 2008 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This was among the first vintage horror films I recall watching, but it took me this long to re-acquaint myself with it (after I had foolishly abandoned the prospect of a second viewing as part of a late-night Italian TV program hosted by two amiable ghouls – the same thing would also happen with Hammer's FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL [1974], which I then had to wait some 13 years to catch up with!).

Anyay, though the film's premise, in itself, is rather daft – that of a host of antiquarians being 'possessed' by the skull of the Marquis De Sade – the result is very stylish and altogether one of Hammer rival Amicus' most satisfying outings. Apart from director Francis, the men behind Amicus – Max J. Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky (the latter also scripted, from a story by Robert Bloch of PSYCHO [1960] fame) – again recruited Hammer's two most popular stars, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, for this production. As ever, they play extremely well off each other – even if Lee, ostensibly, is only a "Guest Star" – delivering typically committed performances: Cushing has fun acting crazy – under the influence of the skull – towards the end (and also during a surreal nightmare sequence in which he's forcefully taken before a judge who promptly hands him a gun to play at Russian Roulette!), whereas Lee gives surprising poignancy to his role. Supporting them is a splendid cast indeed – led by Patrick Wymark, who actually matches the stars with his seedy supplier of generally weird artifacts, and the brief (albeit equally welcome) presence of the likes of George Coulouris, Michael Gough, Nigel Green and Patrick Magee!

While Francis creates wonderful atmosphere via the cinematography (particularly when shooting through the skull's eyehole) and the set design (the film starts off as a period piece but then reverts to a modern-day setting for the central plot line), I do feel that the possibilities presented by the nonetheless intriguing theme are regrettably constrained by censorship and budgetary restrictions – so that the Marquis De Sade's legacy seems somehow to have been mixed up with that of Jack The Ripper! In any case, THE SKULL is generally considered nowadays as Francis' best directorial effort – though I personally feel NIGHTMARE (1964), THE PSYCHOPATH (1966) and THE CREEPING FLESH (1973) to be superior to it…


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Jill Bennett's details of suicide? phasedin
dvd release mandarin992000
DVD available NOW!!! carcosa2004
Beware of dud copies! wherethemusictakesme
Here We Go Again. (Sony Pictures Makes Announcement) bertuce369
We must ask this guy at Paramount Tonys_Nik_Naks
Discuss The Skull (1965) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?