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The Oblong Box -- Vincent Price returns to his English manor from Africa with his mad, mutilated brother whom he keeps chained upstairs. Price buries his brother alive, glad to be rid of him, but the body is dug up by a local physician and the brother, still alive, begins a systematic search for vengeance.


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Lawrence Huntington (screenplay)
Christopher Wicking (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
11 June 1969 (USA) See more »
For the first time... the classic tale of the restless dead and their unspeakable hungers! See more »
Aristocrat Julian Markham keeps his disfigured brother, Sir Edward, locked in a tower of his house. Occasionaly Sir Edward escapes and causes havoc around the town. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Vincent Price ... Julian

Christopher Lee ... Dr. Newhartt
Rupert Davies ... Kemp
Uta Levka ... Heidi
Sally Geeson ... Sally
Alister Williamson ... Edward
Peter Arne ... Trench
Hilary Heath ... Elizabeth (as Hilary Dwyer)
Maxwell Shaw ... Hackett
Carl Rigg ... Norton
Harry Baird ... N'Galo
Godfrey James ... Weller
James Mellor ... Holt
John Barrie ... Franklin
Ivor Dean ... Hawthorne
Danny Daniels ... Witchdoctor
Michael Balfour ... Ruddock
Hira Talfrey ... Martha
John Wentworth ... Parson
Betty Woolfe ... Mrs. Hopkins
Martin Terry ... Sailor
Anne Clune ... Prostitute
Jackie Noble ... Prostitute
Ann Barrass ... Prostitute (as Ann Barass)
Jan Rossini ... Prostitute
Zeph Gladstone ... Trench's Girl
Tara Fernando ... Gypsy Dancer
Tony Thawnton ... Man in Tavern
Anthony Bailey ... Talbot
Richard Cornish ... Groom

Colin Jeavons ... Doctor
Andreas Malandrinos ... Baron (as Andreas Melandrinos)
Hedger Wallace ... Major
Martin Wyldeck ... Constable
Oh! Ogunde Dancers ... Africans
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Barbara Kellerman ... Dr. Newhartt's Patient
Sean Barry-Weske ... Molester in Tavern (uncredited)
Harold Coyne ... Barman (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ... Sir Julian (uncredited)
Eddie Powell ... Fighting Man in Tavern (uncredited)

Nick Tate ... Young Man in Tavern (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Hessler 
Writing credits
Lawrence Huntington (screenplay)

Christopher Wicking (additional dialogue)

Edgar Allan Poe  story (uncredited)
Michael Reeves  additional dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Pat Green .... associate producer
Gordon Hessler .... producer
Louis M. Heyward .... executive producer
Original Music by
Harry Robertson  (as Harry Robinson)
Cinematography by
John Coquillon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Max Benedict 
Art Direction by
George Provis 
Makeup Department
Jimmy Evans .... makeup artist
Bobbie Smith .... hairdresser
Production Management
Bryan Coates .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Whitehurst .... first assistant director
Graham Fowler .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
George Lack .... assistant art director
Terence Morgan .... set dresser
W. Simpson Robinson .... scenic artist (as W. Simpson-Robinson)
Michael Guyett .... trainee scenic painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rowland Fowles .... boom operator
Bob Jones .... sound mixer
Bob Peck .... sound recordist
Michael P. Redbourn .... sound editor (as Michael Redbourn)
Tony Dawe .... adr & foley mixer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Les Young .... camera operator
Nobby Cross .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kay Gilbert .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Oliver Waterlow .... assistant editor
Music Department
Philip Martell .... conductor
Other crew
Peter Howitt .... titler
Barbara Rowland .... continuity

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Rated R for some violence and sexual content (re-rating)
96 min | 91 min (UK version)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Germany:16 (re-rating) (uncut) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:18 (1970) | Norway:18 (1972) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:M (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating) | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)

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This was originally supposed to film in Dublin.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Dr Neuhart:I might find myself buying your pretty little body one day for a guinea or two.See more »
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Tales from the Vienna WoodsSee more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
No More Than Standard, 29 November 2006
Author: ragosaal from Argentina

Sir Julian Markham (Vincent Price) is an aristocrat of the late 19th century that keeps his disturbed brother Edward locked up in a tower of his manor; the man has been disfigured by natives in Africa when blamed for the accidental killing of a child. But Edward manages to escape and seeks revenge against Julian.

Director Gordon Hessler -not a top one at all if you see his filmography- gets a sort of morbid and languid atmosphere and settings that help the picture; but too many turns and items in the plot (voo-doo, madness, revenge, killings, treason, body snatching, romance and else- sort of disperse the focus in the main events -to put it somehow- and the final product comes out just standard.

Vincent Price and Cristopher Lee as a doctor that steals corpses for experiments are at their usual level and in some way save the picture (without them "The Oblong Box" would have been a complete failure).

Perhaps the main flaw is the character of Edward that appears too light for a villain or monster and even lacks impact when his ruined face is shown at the end; in fact you feel sorry for the guy since he's not scary at all.

Fans of Price, Lee and Gothic horror won't probably be disappointed but even then just one watch is enough. You always have the feeling that keeping the basic story and making it much more simpler would have made a good product in the genre; but it didn't come out that way.

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