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Release Date:
25 August 1965 (USA) See more »
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When the Skull strikes you'll Scream!
Plot:
A collector comes into possession of the skull of the Marquis de Sade and learns it is possessed by an evil spirit. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Amicus,Christopher Lee & Peter Cushing at their best. See more (32 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Cushing ... Dr. Christopher Maitland
Patrick Wymark ... Anthony Marco
Jill Bennett ... Jane Maitland

Nigel Green ... Inspector Wilson
Patrick Magee ... Police Surgeon
Peter Woodthorpe ... Bert Travers, Marco's Landlord

Michael Gough ... 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
Jack Silk ... Driver

Christopher Lee ... Sir Matthew Phillips

Directed by
Freddie Francis 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Bloch  story "The skull of the Marquis de Sade"
Milton Subotsky 

Produced by
Max Rosenberg .... producer (as Max J. Rosenberg)
Milton Subotsky .... producer
 
Original Music by
Elisabeth Lutyens 
 
Cinematography by
John Wilcox 
 
Film Editing by
Oswald Hafenrichter 
 
Art Direction by
Bill Constable 
 
Set Decoration by
Scott Slimon 
 
Makeup Department
Jill Carpenter .... makeup artist
Henry Montsash .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Ted Lloyd .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anthony Waye .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Bill Waldron .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Buster Ambler .... sound recordist
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Tom Priestley .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Ted Samuels .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Harcourt .... camera operator
Ray Jones .... camera grip
Maurice Gillett .... supervising electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jackie Cummins .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Music Department
Philip Martell .... conductor
 
Other crew
Pamela Davies .... continuity
 
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83 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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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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Continuity: On the calling card Marco,s address is 63 yet when Maitland arrives at Marco,s lodgings the number on the door is 57.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Pierre:What are you doing here?
French Girl:Aren't you pleased to see me?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Ghosts (1996) (V)See more »

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Amicus,Christopher Lee & Peter Cushing at their best., 2 October 2001
Author: lee hunt (lee.hunt2@btinternet.com) from manchester, england

The Skull is probably the best film Amicus produced,based on a chilling short story by Robert Bloch and directed with visual flair by Freddie Francis it tells the story of a writer on Demonology ; Christopher Maitland(Peter Cushing excellent as usual) who is offered a skull and a fleshbound book originally belonging to none other than the Marquis de Sade for a mere £500,at first he is skeptical of its provenance but finally agrees to buy it from Marco a shifty character(memorably played by Patrick Wymark)who previously stole the skull and book from Sir Matthew Phillips(Christopher Lee)who had fallen under it's sinister spell in the past and was glad the skull and book had been stolen,Matthew tries to convince Christopher of its evil power and advises him to get rid of it as soon as possible,but to no avail,Christopher keeps the skull and begins to come unstuck, he starts hallucinating and having bizarre dreams. All the performances are first rate,but this is Peter Cushings film,he is literally in every scene and gives a convincing performance of a man falling pray to evil. I can't help thinking this could have been a true classic if it had had a bigger budget. The whole cast and crew have worked wonders with what little money and resources they must have had,it also remains(in my opinion) Freddie Francis best film as a director....a must for a cold winters night.

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