The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959)

The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake





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An angry head-shrinker (not a psychiatrist) puts a curse upon a family of white traders in this well-wrought low-budget horror film. It must have been a doozy for 200 years later it is still going strong. The story opens as the eldest male descendant of the cursed Drake family finds himself on the brink of losing his head at the hands of a strange witch doctor and his spooky-looking servant. Fortunately his daughter and a detective show up in time to save his noggin from a fate too horrible to … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Orville H. Hampton
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United Artists


as Jonathan Drake

as Alison Drake

as Dr. Emil Zurich

as Lt. Jeff Rowan

as Kenneth Drake

as Dr. Bradford

as Rogers

as Lee Coulter
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It's too bad this film didn't have some more soul.

Full Review… | May 2, 2003
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First time I saw this was when it was shown on WPIX or WOR when I lived out on the Island. Came on late night on Chiller Theatre, man how I used to love to stay up and watch that program. This movie is pretty cool, a family has a curse on them, and Jonathan is the last brother alive and his skull is needed to complete the curse. It seems shrunken heads keep popping up in this movie. Jonathan shows up in South America to help his brother only to find his brother is dead. Unknowing to anyone at the time a South American Indian whose lips are sealed shut with a sneaker lace stuck him in the neck with a poison Bamboo Knife,(yea go figure on that one). Anyway at the funeral Jonathan wants the coffin open, and wham when its open the old brother is missing his head. Now there is a Witch Doctor running around posing as a doctor, again not know to use is that he is a witch doctor who has a white man's head on a Black Man's Body, hence the witch doctor. And that?s who is trying to complete the curse, and who is shrinking heads. The detective running around is about as smart as a box of cheerio?s. All in all it was an enjoyable B&W film, I'd like to give it 3 1/2 stars, they just don't make them like this anymore. Its added to the collection.

Bruce Bruce

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