The Skull Blu-ray Review – Peter Cushing + Amicus = Scary 1965 Horror Film?

Amicus like Hammer films produced some exceptionally entertaining horror movies back in the day. The Skull (1965) for instance starred none other than horror legends Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Surely then it’s another horror classic? Let’s find out, so without further ado here’s The Skull Blu-ray Review.

  • The Skull (1965)
  • Genre: Horror
  • Directed by Freddie Francis
  • Running Time: 83 mins
  • UK Rating 12
  • Discs: 2 (Blu-ray & DVD)
  • Released By Eureka Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Released: 26 October 2015
Plot

A collector becomes fascinated by a strange skull. In fact it’s as if the skull has some kind of hold over those that come into contact with it. Is there really an evil presence?

Style / Direction

The film was directed by Freddie Francis who also regularly worked for Hammer. Meanwhile the cinematography is handled by John Wilcox. Francis should be given credit for producing a film that just about manages to get away with a short and thin plot.

Music / Audio Effects

The music score comes from Elisabeth Lutyens and really does help to keep you interested in a rather thin plot.

Acting / Characters

Let’s face it even if the film is poor you can pretty much guarantee both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee will still deliver. Fortunately the film’s pretty good and so are they.

Cast
  • Peter Cushing as Dr. Christopher Maitland
  • Patrick Wymark as Anthony Marco
  • Christopher Lee as Sir Matthew Phillips
  • Jill Bennett as Jane Maitland
  • Nigel Green as Inspector Wilson
  • Patrick Magee as Police Surgeon
  • Peter Woodthorpe as Bert Travers
  • Michael Gough as Auctioneer
  • George Coulouris as Dr. Londe
  • April Olrich as French Girl
  • Maurice Good as Pierre
Conclusion: The Skull (1965) Film Review

The Skull is a rather odd film. The main reason I say that is despite enjoying it not too much actually happens. There a lot of nothing but the film somehow manages to get away with this due to excellent acting with Peter Cushing along with a superb score and sound effects.

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Conclusion: The Skull Blu-ray Review

Unfortunately this is yet another Eureka Entertainment Blu-ray release that has had no restoration work carried out. That results in plenty of white speckles throughout the film. The general image quality isn’t terrible but it’s yet another overall poor release from Eureka.

On the plus side the extras are very good. Both Jonathan Rigby and Kim Newman are very knowledgeable on British horror films from the likes of Amicus and Hammer. I recommend watching both.

Extras
  • Jonathan Rigby Interview (24 mins)
  • Kim Newman Interview (27 mins)

On to my movie rating for The Skull (1965)

  • Movie Rating: VERY GOOD
  • Blu-ray Picture: POOR
  • Extras: EXCELLENT

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Film Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip may not representative of the Blu-ray version

That concludes my The Skull Blu-ray review; I’m aiming to review at least one horror film a week in the run up to Halloween. What’s next? Check back soon…

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Summary: The Skull (1965) Blu-ray Review

Director(s): Freddie Francis

Actor(s): Peter Cushing, Patrick Wymark, Christopher Lee, Jill Bennett, Nigel Green

Genre: Horror

  • Movie Rating
  • Blu-ray Picture Rating
  • Extras
3.5

Summary

Top acting from Peter Cushing and a fabulous film score make The Skull well worth a look.

Pros

  • Peter Cushing
  • Great Music Score

Cons

  • Thin Plot
  • Poor Picture Quality

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