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The Skull ()


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A collector comes into possession of the skull of the Marquis de Sade and learns it is possessed by an evil spirit.

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Christopher Maitland
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Anthony Marco
Jill Bennett ...
Jane Maitland
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Inspector Wilson
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Police Surgeon
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Bert Travers
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Auctioneer
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Dr. Londe
April Olrich ...
French Girl
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Pierre, Phrenologist
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Maid
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Judge
Paul Stockman ...
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Geoffrey Cheshire ...
Second Guard
George Hilsdon ...
Policeman
Jack Silk ...
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Sir Matthew Phillips
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Lewis Alexander ...
Auction Attendee (uncredited)
Paul Beradi ...
Auction Attendee (uncredited)
Ernest Blyth ...
Auction Attendee (uncredited)
Arthur Goodman ...
Auction Bidder (uncredited)
Eric Kent ...
Auction Attendant (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis ...
Auction Attendee (uncredited)
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Auction Bidder (uncredited)

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Freddie Francis

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Robert Bloch ... (from the story "The Skull of the Marquis de Sade" by)
 
Milton Subotsky ... (screenplay by)

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Max Rosenberg ... producer (as Max J. Rosenberg)
Milton Subotsky ... producer

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Elisabeth Lutyens

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John Wilcox ... director of photography

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Oswald Hafenrichter

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Bill Constable

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Scott Slimon

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Jill Carpenter ... make-up artiste
Henry Montsash ... hairdresser

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Ted Lloyd ... production manager

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Anthony Waye ... assistant director

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Bill Waldron ... construction manager

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Buster Ambler ... sound recordist
John Cox ... sound supervisor
Tom Priestley ... sound editor

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Ted Samuels ... special effects

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Doug Ferris ... matte artist (uncredited)

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Peter Diamond ... stunts (uncredited)

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David Harcourt ... camera operator
Ray Jones ... camera grip
Maurice Gillett ... supervising electrician (uncredited)

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Jackie Cummins ... wardrobe supervisor

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Philip Martell ... conductor

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Pamela Davies ... continuity
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Plot Summary

A collector of esoterica, Dr. Maitland, buys an unusual skull from his ordinary source of artifacts. The skull is what remains of marquis De Sade. Much too soon he discovers how the skull affects him: by turning him into a frenzied killer. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines When the Skull strikes you'll Scream! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les forfaits du marquis de Sade (France)
  • Le crâne maléfique (France)
  • La maldición de la calavera (Spain)
  • I nekrokefali tou Drakoula (Greece)
  • Il teschio maledetto (Italy)
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  • 83 min
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Trivia 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 »
Goofs The girlfriend of the phrenologist is seen munching modern marshmallows in bed in the year 1814; although the ancient Egyptians invented the original recipe, marshmallows (in their present form) were not invented until 1850. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Out of this World Super Shock Show (2007). See more »
Quotes Doctor: [Last lines] His throat was torn exactly like the Marco case.
Inspector Wilson: [Asking about the connection between the deaths] What's the connection?
Doctor: What connection could there be? Witchcraft?
Inspector Wilson: Hardly. Not in this day and age... not in this day and age.
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