The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake Reviews
Starring: Grant Richards, Eduard Franz, Valerie French, and Paul Wexler
Director: Edward L. Cahn
A strange curse has plagued the weathly Drake family for the past 200 years: Male members die of heart attacks around their 60th birthdays, but also see their heads mysterious vanish. Their fleshless skulls always appear shortly after the funeral, however. Now, the curse is about to claim the final male of the Drake family, Jonathan, (Franz), but his daughter Alison (French) and no-nonsense police detective Jeff Rowan (Richards) are on the path to find the flesh-and-blood culprits behind the curse.
"The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake" is a creepy little movie that features headhunting undead, strange family curses, and a villain with a startling secret. It suffers from pacing that's a bit too slow and some redundant plot elements. It also has a couple of misguided attempts at evoking horror--scenes that would have been GREAT if they didn't seem to rely on a "surprise" that even the most inattentive viewer is already aware of. On the upside, the film does a nice job of telling the story of the police detective and scientist who discover that they are not dealing with a common murderer, and the climax is extremely well-done.
This is one of those movies I feel could do with a remake. It's story has lots of potential that I think could be fully exploited if produced by a quality crew and good actors with today's sensibilities.