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Director:
Writers:
Lawrence Huntington (screenplay)
Christopher Wicking (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
11 June 1969 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
For the first time... the classic tale of the restless dead and their unspeakable hungers! See more »
Plot:
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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(13 articles)
User Reviews:
Fantastic Gothic Horror See more (35 total) »

Cast

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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:
Sean Barry-Weske ... Molester in Tavern (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)

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

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Trivia:
The film takes place in 1865.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Dr Neuhart:I might find myself buying your pretty little body one day for a guinea or two.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Tales from the Vienna WoodsSee more »

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic Gothic Horror, 14 May 2007
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

Gordon Hessler's "The Oblong Box" of 1969 starring the great Vincent Price is a creepy, and excellent Horror tale with a great atmosphere. The movie, whose cast also includes another great horror icon, Christopher Lee, is only loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story of the same name, a fact that, in my opinion, does not downsize the quality of this eerie and obscure film. "The Oblong Box" combines all kinds of elements a fan of Gothic Horror cinema could desire: Voodoo, disfigurement, premature burial, and of course a constant eerie atmosphere and a bunch of bloody murders.

In 18th century England, Sir Julian Markham (Vincent Price) keeps his brother Edward (Aliester Williamson) locked in a chamber in the tower of his mansion. Edward had been disfigured during a voodoo ceremony in Africa, and since gone completely insane. With some help, however, Edward manages to fake his own death in order to flee his prison, using methods which include a premature burial...

Vincent Price is my favorite actor of all-time and his performance is, as always, superb, and no other actor would have fit in his role as Price does. Christopher Lee also delivers a great performance as a body-snatching doctor, a role in which he once again proves that his reputation as a horror icon is more than justified. The cast furthermore includes the beautiful Hillary Dwyer, who had already starred besides Price in Michael Reeves' masterpiece "Witchfinder General" in 1968, and who would play besides Price again in 1970, in "Cry Of The Banshee", also directed by Gordon Hessler, in the female lead.

An excellently written and directed and superbly acted movie, "The Oblong Box" is a film which fans of Gothic Horror can't afford to miss. "Witchfinder General" director Michael Reeves was originally considered to direct the film, but died before the shooting began, and although I have utmost respect for this promising director, who sadly passed away at such a young age, I must say that I cannot imagine anyone to do a better job directing "The Oblong Box" than Hessler did. An excellent little tale of terror, "The Oblong Box" is a must-see for every Horror-fan. 9/10

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