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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.

Director:

Gordon Hessler

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (short story), Lawrence Huntington (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Price ... Julian
Christopher Lee ... Dr. J. Neuhartt
Rupert Davies ... Kemp
Uta Levka ... Heidi
Sally Geeson Sally Geeson ... Sally
Alister Williamson ... Edward
Peter Arne ... Trench
Hilary Heath ... Elizabeth (as Hilary Dwyer)
Maxwell Shaw Maxwell Shaw ... Hackett
Carl Rigg ... Norton
Harry Baird ... N'Galo
Godfrey James Godfrey James ... Weller
James Mellor James Mellor ... Holt
John Barrie ... Franklin
Ivor Dean ... 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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FOR THE FIRST TIME... the classic tale of the restless dead and their unspeakable hungers! 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dance, Mephisto See more »

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Budget:

GBP70,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (UK)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gordon Hessler had only two days of prep time before shooting began on the film. See more »

Goofs

By killing a local to replace Edward's corpse Trench and Julian ran the risk of someone at the small viewing recognizing the stand in corpse as someone other than Edward. See more »

Quotes

N'Galo: We have knowledge of things you know nothing of.
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Alternate Versions

The MGM DVD is the complete uncut version running 96m. Previous USA VHS releases were only 94m whilst the old UK VHS was trimmed further to 91m (87m in pal). The UK VHS was missing:
  • about 1m out of the pre-credits sequence (various small trims)
  • a scene in which Vincent Price and Hilary Dwyer walk in a garden talking about Africa
  • The murders of Carl Rigg and Uta Levka were abridged
  • Ute Levka's brief nude shots were missing
  • a short scene in which Christopher Lee administers a tonic to a patient was removed. The USA VHS restored some of this missing footage but Levka nudity was still missing, her death was slightly abridged and the short Lee scene was missing. The 2008 Optimum DVD features the full uncut version.
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Soundtracks

Gypsy Music
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Traditional
Arranged by Harry Robertson
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Would have been a more effective movie if they did a better job on the brother's makeup.
22 March 2004 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

This movie was rather good, but it had a major flaw. Throughout the movie they hide one character's face. You know he is disfigured and considering how the people act when they see it you know it must be bad. I was expecting something like I saw in the movie "The Projected Man" (bad movie, but they did a good job with the face). Then finally when you see the face at the end, I wasn't all that impressed. The guy was not all that disfigured. However, I did enjoy how the movie played out as Vincent Price was good as was Christopher Lee. Though I find the opening credits funny when they say Lee is the guest star. How do you have a guest star in a movie? You are never quite sure where the movie is going at times and there are some twists and turns. In the end I had very little pity for the messed up brother, rather I felt sorry for Price's character that had done something wrong, but he had regret over it. The murders could have been done a bit better as they usually involved throats being slit and this did not look to good. For the most part it looked liked the killer was wiping blood on the people's neck. There is a rather interesting scene involving a brothel. Lots of cleavage and even a bare breast or two if you like that sort of thing. Overall I enjoyed it.


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