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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:

Lawrence Huntington (screenplay), Christopher Wicking (additional dialogue)
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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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Edgar Allan Poe's Classic Tale Of The Living Dead! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dance, Mephisto See more »

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Budget:

$175,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (UK)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alister Williamson was dubbed. See more »

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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 »

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

The Thorn-EMI Video version and some TV prints slightly trim the murder scene of the prostitute, in which Edward gropes at her chest and slits her throat. Originally, her breast is briefly visible and the cutting of her throat are both longer. See more »

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oblong day's journey into night
24 November 2011 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

"The Oblong Box" is about what you'd expect. Like "Witchfinder General" (aka "The Conqueror Worm") the previous year, a lot of it seems to be going for shock value. Vincent Price plays a 19th-century nobleman keeping his disfigured brother locked in a room...only then the brother manages to escape. There's some violence (although I wouldn't call it gore) and no shortage of women with bug-eyed, frightened looks on their faces.

As with the other 1960s horror flicks based on Edgar Allan Poe stories -- although this one is not part of Roger Corman's series -- the movie only uses the title and is otherwise unrelated to the original story. There's certainly nothing special about the movie, except that it was the first pairing of Vincent Price and Christopher Lee. Otherwise, Corman's movies are the ones that I recommend.

Also starring Rupert Davies, Peter Arne, Sally Geeson and Hilary Dwyer.


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