IMDb > The Skull (1965)
The Skull
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Skull (1965) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 3 | slideshow) Videos
The Skull -- The skull of the Marquis de Sade has been taken from its grave, bringing terror to those who own it. Demonologist Christopher Maitland (Peter Cushing) is eager to add the piece to his occult collection. Despite the warnings of a friend (Christopher Lee), he's got to have it. And does he ever get it.


User Rating:
6.3/10   1,346 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 16% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Robert Bloch (story)
Milton Subotsky (screenplay)
View company contact information for The Skull on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
25 August 1965 (USA) See more »
When the Skull strikes you'll Scream!
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 »
(13 articles)
Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors
 (From Trailers from Hell. 14 November 2015, 6:14 AM, PST)

Drive-In Dust Offs: Torture Garden
 (From DailyDead. 7 November 2015, 10:11 AM, PST)

‘The Skull’ Blu-ray Review
 (From Blogomatic3000. 26 October 2015, 2:16 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Amicus,Christopher Lee & Peter Cushing at their best. See more (34 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

Nigel Green ... Inspector Wilson
Patrick Magee ... Police Surgeon
Peter Woodthorpe ... Travers

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
Robert Bloch (story "The Skull of the Marquis de Sade")

Milton Subotsky (screenplay)

Produced by
Max Rosenberg .... producer (as Max J. Rosenberg)
Milton Subotsky .... producer
Original Music by
Elisabeth Lutyens 
Cinematography by
John Wilcox (director of photography)
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
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
83 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Amicus,Christopher Lee & Peter Cushing at their best., 2 October 2001
Author: lee hunt ( 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.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (34 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Skull (1965)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
The burnt body in Marco's closet jploch
Flying skull? jploch
Here We Go Again. (Sony Pictures Makes Announcement) bertuce369
online? machtundrebel
Beware of dud copies! wherethemusictakesme
Jill Bennett's details of suicide? phasedin
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
1408 The City of the Dead Sleepy Hollow Short Night of Glass Dolls A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Horror section IMDb UK section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.