The Oblong Box

Synopsis: In the end of the Nineteenth Century, the aristocrat Edward Markham is disfigured by sorcery in Africa by the natives. His brother Julian Markham brings him back to the Markham Manor in England and keeps him prisoner in the attic. The mad Edward asks his lawyer Trench and his partner to bring the African sorcerer N'Galo in secret to heal him but Julian does not allow any contact with his brother. Trench and N'Galo simulate the death of Edward to remove him from the attic in a coffin. However, body snatchers bring his body to the unscrupulous Dr. Newhartt for his research. Edward offers a large amount to Dr. Newhartt to stay hidden in his house and wears a crimson hood to hide his face. When Edward goes to the town, his mask brings problem to him and he begins a series of murders. When he finally meets N'Galo, he finds why the natives have deformed him and he seeks revenge.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Gordon Hessler
Production: American International Picture
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

Let go of me!

Let go of me!


Oh, my God!



Go back!

Edward, no!

You leave me no choice. Ruddock.

- Edward!

- Dont do it!

Edward! Please, control yourself.

Down here, on the bed!


Get them.

- Lm asking you.

- I dont know.

- Good evening, gentlemen.

- Good evening.

I dont know what you and him are up to,

but youve got to get him out of here.

- Youre being paid.

- And paid well.

Barely well enough.

If the police come, whats the answer?

Youve nothing to fear, Hackett.

Youre running a lodging house

for drunken thieves and whores.

Its that filthy stench.

Whats he doing in there?

- Thats what I want to know.

- Thats enough! About your business!

Anyway, hell be gone soon enough.

The sooner the better, if you ask me.

- Its not ready to be seen as yet.

- But it will be by tonight?

Yes. Have you brought the money?

- Gold?

- Guineas.

But not till your work is done.

When it is,

you can take this back to Africa with you...

...on the same boat that brought you here.

Youll be a rich man, NGalo.

Thats what you want.

Do you think it will work?

When he takes this,

he will sleep as if dead.


...even if we do get Sir Edward here...

...can he really help him?

I have seen what witchcraft can do.

Believe me, Norton.

You have seen what another man

of my powers has done already.

Have you not?


We have knowledge of things

you know nothing of.

Lve been thinking it over, Julian.

And lve decided that I want to

get married at sea on an open boat.


In a brilliant scarlet dress to amuse

all the sailors and shock my father.

What? Lm sorry Elizabeth.

I was miles away.

So I noticed.

Back in Africa?

Why do you think that?

I would have thought it was obvious.

Since youve been home

youre a totally different person.

- No, thats nonsense.

- No, it isnt.

Look at you.

Always brooding, heavy-spirited.

Half the time you seem to forget

youre with me and were going to get...

Elizabeth, dear, I am sorry, truly.

What happened out there?

Whats on your mind all the time?

Please tell me.

No. Its not worth your worrying about.

When were married, Julian,

I want to share your life.

Dont lets start out with secrets, please.

Let me start sharing now.

I may have things on my mind,

but that doesnt mean that lve changed.

Then prove it.

I didnt really mean that.

I meant...

...ld like to see you smiling

the way you used to smile.


Yes, its your usual good report, Trench.

- Thorough and precise.

- Lm more than pleased to be back.

- Africa is a heathen place, and no mistake.

- Yes.

Thank you.

Yes, weve had

a distasteful time of it here, too.

Properly handled, your African plantation

could keep you living well... the end of your God-given days.

You and your brother.

We mustnt forget Sir Edward, must we?

Sir Edward wouldnt eat

any of his dinner, sir.

Thank you, Ruddock, lll try later.

How is Sir Edward now?

How did you expect him to be? Better?

I had hoped more normal.

Yes, he did seem to be more normal... we took off the chains.

But the madness only overcame him again.

He tried to break away, to escape.

Ever since then

he seems to have grown steadily worse.

Every man wants to be free.

How can he be free,

looking the way he does?

Dont you understand

his mind is going, too?

Sometimes that sickness strikes him

with such ferocity...

...hes as dangerous as an insane beast.

Perhaps an asylum?


We mustnt even think about that.

I couldnt bear the thought of my brother

screaming his life away... Bedlam with the rest

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Lawrence Huntington

Lawrence Huntington (1900–1968) was a British film director, screenwriter and producer.Huntington was born in London on 9 March 1900, he directed more than thirty films following his debut feature After Many Years (1930). He later worked in television before his death in 1968. more…

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