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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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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:

$175,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (UK)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This movie takes place in 1865. 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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Dr Neuhart: I might find myself buying your pretty little body one day for a guinea or two.
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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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At best, an average typical horror flick, in the same style as the old Hammer movies.
4 January 2006 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

Gordon Hessler was a director who made dozens of mostly unknown and mediocre movies but always with some well known (horror)names in it. This movie is also mediocre at best and stars horror icons Vincent Price and Christopher Lee. The concept of the movie is good, however the directing and unnecessary complicated storytelling make this movie nothing more than an average typical horror flick, in the same style of the Hammer movies.

From an horror movie with both Christopher Lee and Vincent Price in it you would expect lots of goods. Their characters however get an awful few good things to do in the story and perhaps the movie was even better of with a cast consisting entirely out of unknown British actors. Sure, the fact that both Price and Lee star in this movie make this an appealing one to watch for the fans but they simply feel out of place in the movie and their talents and abilities are not used to the max. Perhaps this is mainly due to Gordon Hessler's mediocre directing, who obviously wasn't the most talented horror director of his time. The real main part of the movie is played by Alister Williamson as the disfigured Sir Edward Markham.

The cinematography shows a few moments of brilliance and is quite refreshing at times, especially considering that this is a movie from the '60's. The costumes and sets are decent and help to create a good atmosphere and the amount of blood and graphic images is surprisingly high.

The story is dragging at too many points and the story is told a bit too often unnecessarily difficult, which doesn't make "The Oblong Box" the easiest or most enjoyable 'old' horror movie to watch.

It's certainly a watchable movie and true fans of the genre will most likely find some joy in this movie but its too average all to really make a lasting or great impression. Also the fans of Lee and Price will be slightly disappointed by this movie, as the both of them get very little interesting to do in this movie.

6/10

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