The Skull

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Madness fills the mind of a professor (Peter Cushing) who buys the stolen skull of the Marquis de Sade.

Cast & Crew

Peter Cushing
Dr. Christopher Maitland
Christopher Lee
Sir Matthew Phillips
Jill Bennett
Jane Maitland
Patrick Wymark
Anthony Marco
Patrick Magee
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Critic Reviews for The Skull

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  • The Skull succeeds against the odds... Freddie Francis enlivens a rote script with his visual flair.

    May 24, 2010 | Full Review…
  • While the film drags in parts and can't be counted as a classic, it's a rock solid Amicus production and a must-see for fans of that studio's work.

    August 12, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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  • Mar 24, 2011
    Peter Cushing plays a demonologist who collects any items pertaining to the occult, witchcraft, devil worship, etc... This desire for the bizarre leads to his encounter with the skull of none other than the Marquis de Sade himself. This film produced by Amicus has a lot going for it. It has a good story by Robert Bloch as the basis for the script, some fine acting from Peter Cushing in the lead and Patrick Wymark as a disreputable salesman, good character roles by George Coulouris, Patrick Magee, Nigel Green, Michael Gough, and particularly Christopher Lee, some imaginative direction from Freddie Francis, and some very stylish set pieces and costumes. Francis has limited special effects at his disposal, and this is a minor distraction as in one scene you can clearly see wires carrying the skull and a book in the air. Francis also gives in too long I think to some dream sequences and other "are they real or not real" happenings with his camera predominating over long periods of silence. It works well at first, but it does grow stale with repeated use. The story and acting, however, greatly enhance the film and make me give it an easy recommendation.
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  • Oct 31, 2010
    oh, i adore the way they used to make horror movies like that, un-scary, atmospheric with an air of psuedo-enigma on various occults. this time, the skull of sade is the pandora's box which unlocks the evil.
    Veronique K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2009
    Fine performances and classic 60's horror from the Brits.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer

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