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
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Police Surgeon
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Dr. Londe
April Olrich ...
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Pierre, Phrenologist
Anna Palk ...
Maid
Frank Forsyth ...
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Paul Stockman ...
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Geoffrey Cheshire ...
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George Hilsdon ...
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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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According to director Freddie Francis, the "screenplay" by producer Milton Subtosky was little more than an outline and a great deal had to be added to the film during filming , and later in the post-production process, to bring it up to adequate feature length. See more »

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The table seen at the very end of the film that the skull sits on is different from the table it is on through the rest of the movie. The table seen in the ending has no pattern, just horizontal wood grains. The table seen earlier has a pattern of hexagons. See more »

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Pierre: What are you doing here?
French Girl: Aren't you pleased to see me?
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A skull holds a diabolical influence over its owners.
27 December 1999 | by (Drums, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

Based on the Robert Bloch's story "The Skull of the Marquis de Sade", this film really thrills and chills. The Skull is an unassuming title, but this little gem does has a lot to offer on a cold winter afternoon. Peter Cushing stars as Dr. Maitland, a demonologist who comes across the skull after it has been stolen from his friend Christopher Lee. Death or possession has come upon the past owners but Maitland is unconcerned with such superstitions. He must have this occult rarity to add to his large collection. Dr. Maitland has no idea what lies in store for him... I feel that "The Skull" is one of the finest films Cushing and Lee have ever done together, and the best horror film that Freddie Francis has directed. At a glance, one would almost definitely think it is a Hammer film. It was actually made by Amicus, but features such Hammer characteristics as a foggy opening scene portraying grave robbers, occasional bloodletting, a dreary score, and canyons of cleavage. Even by today's standards, The Skull is exciting. Highlights include a very inventive dream sequence, a harsh game of Russian roulette, and the riveting climax. Believe it or not, The Skull even has a few scenes where you tense up expecting someone to jump out and scare you. You don't often see that type of thing in the Hammer/Amicus flicks. The major thing that brings the movie down, though, are the fake-looking scenes where the skull floats in the air to terrorize Dr. Maitland. They could have been done better using shadows or long-distance shots. Also, the "camera inside the skull" scenes looked juvenile and took away some of the film's integrity. Bottom line: definitely worth a viewing. Thanks nm!


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