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The Shuttered Room (1967)

A series of horrific murders is traced to a creature that inhabits a very strange house.

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Mike Kelton
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Susannah Whately Kelton / Sarah
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Ethan
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Aunt Agatha
Judith Arthy ...
Emma
Rick Jones ...
Luther Whately
Ann Bell ...
Mary Whately, Susannah's Mother
William Devlin ...
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
Barge Master
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Tait
Celia Hewitt ...
Aunt Sarah
Robert Cawdron ...
John Whately, Susannah's Father
Murray Evans ...
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Cliff Diggins ...
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Peter Porteous ...
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In a small island off the American coast, the Whateleys live in an old mill where a mysterious bloody being creates an atmosphere of horror. After her parents get killed by lightning, young Susannah is sent to New York by her aunt Agatha, who wants her to avoid the family curse. Years later Susannah, now married, persuades her husband to spend a holiday in the abandoned mill. Once on the island, Susannah and Mike soon find themselves exposed to the hostility of a gang of thugs led by Ethan, Susannah's brutal cousin... Written by Guy Bellinger

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The film was originally offered to director Ken Russell, who turned the project down. David Greene, a successful TV director, took it on because, in his late 40s, he thought it a last chance to get away from TV and into movies; he was, however, greatly dissatisfied with the script and it was being rewritten right up to the end of filming. See more »

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Throughout the movie the two rear windows of the Thunderbird are alternately up or down. This happens often in the same scene. It is first noticeable as they back off the ferry. As they back up, the passenger side rear window is up and the driver's is down. But as they as turning around upon leaving the ferry, the driver's side rear window is up and the passenger's is down. This becomes very noticeable throughout the film. See more »

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Slightly dated, though atmospheric, blood-curdler.
15 July 2003 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

The Shuttered Room is an entertaining, sporadically suspenseful mystery-chiller which gets great mileage from a clutch of good performances. Out the four leading characters, only Carol Lynley seems misplaced. Gig Young, Flora Robson and Oliver Reed are all spot-on, especially Reed who simply excels as a lecherous thug. The story is atmospheric and unsettling, though the solution at the end resorts to an overused "monster-in-the-closet" explanation, which actually slightly damages the whole movie.

Young plays a middle-aged smoothie who has recently wed a much younger blonde bombshell (Lynley). She is amiable enough, but has frequent panic attacks related to something or someone that scared the hell out of her when she was still a baby. Young persuades her to return to the small, isolated community of her birthplace and to re-unite with the old family, hoping that by confronting her past she will be able to find out what caused her trauma and get over it. However, it turns out to be something rather threatening....

The film is nicely paced, with few tedious moments. It is well photographed too. The film has a dated look, with fashion, music and dialogue very much of its time (though, of course, that would be hard to avoid). However, for those who prefer their horror movies with subtle chills and a spooky build-up (none of that modern Hollywood gore and special effects-wizardry) this is a worthwhile experience.


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