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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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Creepy See more (31 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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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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Continuity: 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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[first lines]
Pierre:What are you doing here?
French Girl:Aren't you pleased to see me?
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Creepy, 17 April 2001
Author: marquis de cinema from Boston, MA

Plays on the imagination of the viewer with some psychological suspense and terror. Peter Cushing is good in the role of Dr. Maitland. Its too bad that Christopher Lee does not have a much more substantial role in The Skull(1965). The Skull(1965) is a chilling feature that is based on the Robert Bloch short story, THE SKULL OF THE MARQUIS DE SADE. The direction by Freddie Francis is one of his most skillful in a non Hammer motion picture. Nigel Green and Patrick Magee do a fine job in their supporting roles.

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