The Skull

1965

Freddie Francis
Director
Amicus
Studio

Skull of Marquis De Sade's wreaks psychic havoc on the lives of sundry phrenologists and occult collectors.

Always a pleasure to see Cushing and Lee in the same film, but acting honours here go to Wymark's seedy, snuff-taking Soho dealer. An interesting film, nicely atmospheric with surprisingly long stretches of little dialogue, and one amusingly ironic scene where Cushing is repelled by a crucifix. Unfortunately, there is something lacking. Perhaps it is the absurdity of the skull itself, which is so obviously a fake floating about on wires, and is not scary. Nor is the concept of ascribing evil powers to the mortal remains of a moral philosopher who wrote smutty books.

-Dave W.



9th June 1965
Cinema



83 mins
2.35:1


25th August 1965
Cinema


83 mins
2.35:1



HyperLink
"
Peter Cushing
Prof. Christopher Maitland
Patrick Wymark
Anthony Marco
Jill Bennett
Jane Maitland
Nigel Green
Wilson
Patrick Magee
Police Surgeon
Peter Woodthorpe
Bert Travers
Michael Gough
Auctioneer
George Coulouris
Dr. Londe
April Olrich
French Girl
Maurice Good
Pierre, Phrenologist
Anna Palk
Denise, Maitland's Maid
Frank Forsyth
Judge
Paul Stockman
First Guard
Geoffrey Cheshire
Second Guard
George Hilsdon
Policeman
Jack Silk
Driver
Christopher Lee
Sir Matthew Phillips
De Sade's Skull
Itself (uncredited)
Unknown
Gravedigger
(uncredited)
Unknown
Gravedigger
(uncredited)
Unknown
Auctioneer's Assistant
Arthur Goodman
Auction Bidder
(uncredited)
Unknown 19577-35
Auction Bidder
(uncredited)
Unknown
Auction Bidder
(uncredited)
Paul Beradi
Auction Bidder
(uncredited)
Unknown Male 70
Auction Bidder
(uncredited)
Harold Sanderson
Auction Bidder
(uncredited)
Aileen Lewis
Auction Bidder
(uncredited)
Alex Lewis
Auction Bidder
(uncredited)
Eric Kent
Auction Attendant
(uncredited)
Jack Armstrong
Auction Bidder
(uncredited)
Joe Beckett
Auction Bidder
(uncredited)
Lindsay Hooper
Auction Bidder
(uncredited)
Ernest Blyth
Auction Bidder
(uncredited)

Dave Wright: Screencaps & Notes