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The Oblong Box (1969)

R | | Horror | 11 June 1969 (USA)
Aristocrat Julian Markham keeps his disfigured brother, Sir Edward, locked in a tower of his house. Sir Edward occasionally escapes and causes havoc around the town.

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Cast

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Rupert Davies ...
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Sally Geeson ...
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Edward
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Trench
Hilary Heath ...
Elizabeth (as Hilary Dwyer)
Maxwell Shaw ...
Hackett
Carl Rigg ...
Norton
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N'Galo
Godfrey James ...
Weller
James Mellor ...
Holt
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Franklin
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Hawthorne
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Storyline

In the end of the Nineteenth Century, the aristocrat Edward Markham is disfigured by sorcery in Africa by the natives. His brother Julian Markham brings him back to the Markham Manor in England and keeps him prisoner in the attic. The mad Edward asks his lawyer Trench and his partner to bring the African sorcerer N'Galo in secret to heal him but Julian does not allow any contact with his brother. Trench and N'Galo simulate the death of Edward to remove him from the attic in a coffin. However, body snatchers bring his body to the unscrupulous Dr. Newhartt for his research. Edward offers a large amount to Dr. Newhartt to stay hidden in his house and wears a crimson hood to hide his face. When Edward goes to the town, his mask brings problem to him and he begins a series of murders. When he finally meets N'Galo, he finds why the natives have deformed him and he seeks revenge. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Edgar Allan Poe's Horror Classic! See more »

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »
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11 June 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dance, Mephisto  »

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Budget:

$175,000 (estimated)
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alister Williamson is dubbed. See more »

Goofs

When Sir Edward murders Heidi the prostitute, the special effects knife clearly sprays blood onto the actresses' neck well before it actually touches her. See more »

Quotes

Trench: Sir Edward. I thought you've been-
Sir Edward Markham: Buried. Yes. Waking up in that horrible oblong box, no air to breathe, trapped and no escape. Earth raining down on the lid, every shovel full burying you more deeply.
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Connections

Referenced in House of the Long Shadows (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Tales from the Vienna Woods
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Harry Robertson
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"I'll only do my prowling at night."
29 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Disfigured in an African ritual, Edward is kept, "protected", by his brother Julian by being kept chained up in attic. He fakes his death to escape from Julian and another man is killed to take Edward's place in the "oblong box". Film looks like a low-key, photographed stageplay, a well-dressed period piece having little to do with Poe's short story, besides the title box. This is one of those films to watch primarily to enjoy the cast, lush settings and photography, hooded killers, throat-slicings, and a couple of good scares along the way, even if it has little if anything to do with Poe, just don't get one's hopes too high up. It does have a good unmasking scene, and genuinely creepy twist-ending, which still stood out in my mind years after I had last seen this film.

Favourite line: "I'll only do my prowling at night."


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