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The Shuttered Room (1967)

Unrated | | Horror | 16 February 1968 (USA)
A series of horrific murders is traced to a creature that inhabits a very strange house.


David Greene


D.B. Ledrov (screenplay by), Nat Tanchuck (screenplay by) (as Nathaniel Tanchuck) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Gig Young ... Mike Kelton
Carol Lynley ... Susannah Whately Kelton / Sarah
Oliver Reed ... Ethan
Flora Robson ... Aunt Agatha
Judith Arthy ... Emma
Rick Jones Rick Jones ... Luther Whately
Ann Bell ... Mary Whately, Susannah's Mother
William Devlin William Devlin ... Zebulon Whately
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... Barge Master
Bernard Kay ... Tait
Celia Hewitt Celia Hewitt ... Aunt Sarah
Robert Cawdron ... John Whately, Susannah's Father
Murray Evans Murray Evans ... Gang Member
Cliff Diggins Cliff Diggins ... Gang Member (as Clifford Diggins)
Peter Porteous Peter Porteous ... Gang Member


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 Whately Kelton (Carol Lynley), now married, persuades her husband to spend a vacation in the abandoned mill. Once on the island, Susannah and Mike Kelton (Gig Young) soon find themselves exposed to the hostility of a gang of thugs led by Ethan (Oliver Reed), Susannah's brutal cousin. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Sleep one night in the house with the shuttered room and you may never want to sleep again... (original theatrical poster) See more »




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Did You Know?


This movie was originally offered to Director Ken Russell, who turned the project down. David Greene, a successful television director, took it on because, in his late forties, he thought it a last chance to get away from television and into movies. He was, however, greatly dissatisfied with the script, and it was being re-written right up to the end of filming. See more »


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 »


Aunt Agatha: There's no hope for Susannah if she spends even one night in that house.
Mike Kelton: Do I um, detect a threat there somewhere?
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Referenced in Two a Penny (1967) See more »

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Overdue for a DVD release
8 November 2005 | by scruffy58See all my reviews

I haven't seen this film in many years now, but it has always stayed with me. It has a terrific creepy air to it. The feeling of desolation, the barbaric local thugs led by the perfectly cast Oliver Reed; the lovely and vulnerable Carol Lynley, trying to unlock the mysteries of her childhood; the jazzy score (I can still remember the main titles - the camera peering through the windshield of that cool Thunderbird convertible looking upon Ms. Lynley's gorgeous face while the reflection of trees pass over her image and all the while the peculiar and somewhat jarring title music underscores the visuals). Great stuff. Sadly underrated and now, seldom seen, this film is a perfect companion piece to Ms. Lynley's other top drawer film - 1965's "Bunny Lake Is Missing". A DVD release is in order.

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16 February 1968 (USA) See more »

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Blood Island See more »

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1.85 : 1
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