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The Skull
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Release Date:
25 August 1965 (USA) See more »
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When the Skull strikes you'll Scream!
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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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Cast

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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
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Directed by
Freddie Francis 
 
Writing credits
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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
 
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Philip Martell .... conductor
 
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Pamela Davies .... continuity
 
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83 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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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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Anachronisms: The girlfriend of the phrenologist is seen munching modern marshmallows in bed in the year 1814; although the ancient Egyptians invented the original recipe, marshmallows (in their present form) were not invented until 1850.See more »
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[first lines]
Pierre:What are you doing here?
French Girl:Aren't you pleased to see me?
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Dug-Up Skull Leads To Skullduggery, 21 October 2008
Author: ferbs54 from United States

On paper, the 1965 Amicus production "The Skull" would seem to be a surefire winner. Based on a story by Robert "Psycho" Bloch, directed by horror veteran Freddie Francis, starring British horror icons Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, and featuring such sterling character actors as Michael Gough, Nigel Green, Patrick Wymark and Jill Bennett, it would seem like a can't-miss proposition. While the film is undeniably fun, however, it somehow falls short of greatness. In it, Cushing plays an occult investigator who comes into possession of the 150-year-old, particularly nasty-looking skull of the notorious libertine the Marquis de Sade, and comes under the influence of its baleful and hypnotic powers. (Indeed, it's more like the skull has come into possession of him!) The film features strikingly handsome sets, a justly celebrated and Kafkaesque dream sequence, stylish direction from Francis (dig those skull's head POV shots!), and, near the picture's end, a very interesting and suspenseful 20-minute segment largely devoid of dialogue. While some viewers have complained of visible strings attached to the levitating skull, that really didn't bother me (a single wire is barely visible for perhaps two seconds); what did vex me is that we never learn of the skull's evil doings between the time of its disinterment and its modern-day shenanigans. It MUST have been up to something during those 150 years, right? The film also seems a bit tentative in that it never lets Cushing become truly possessed and crazed; how much better the picture would have been if ol' Pete really went on a tear! Still, watching Cushing and Lee together has long been one of the supreme pleasures of horror cinema, and this little movie does have its winning ways. It's no "Creeping Flesh" or "Horror Express," but still most enjoyable.

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