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The Oblong Box

This 13th Edgar Allan Poe entry turned out by AIP is a story of witchcraft, retribution and revenge, with half a dozen daintily-carved-up stiffs lying around with blood flowing to serve as fare for stronger appetites.

This 13th Edgar Allan Poe entry turned out by AIP is a story of witchcraft, retribution and revenge, with half a dozen daintily-carved-up stiffs lying around with blood flowing to serve as fare for stronger appetites.

It is the tale of a man, terribly mutilated by African savages, kept chained by his brother (Vincent Price) in a gloomy 19th-century English manor-house, his escape and embarkation upon a series of murders as he extracts payment for certain ‘debts’. What these debts are isn’t exactly clear.

Price as usual overacts, but it is an art here to fit the mood and piece and as usual Price is good in his part. Alastair Williamson as the brother is called upon for some strange goings-on but acquits himself well and Christopher Lee likewise scores as a doctor who becomes involved with Williamson.

The Oblong Box

UK

  • Production: American-International. Director Gordon Hessler; Producer Gordon Hessler; Screenplay Lawrence Huntington, Christopher Wicking; Camera John Coquillon; Editor Max Benedict; Music Harry Robinson; Art Director George Provis
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1969. Running time: 91 MIN.
  • With: Vincent Price Christopher Lee Alastair Williamson Hilary Dwyer Harry Baird
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