The Oblong Box (1969)

Director(s): Gordon Hessler
Starring: Vincent Price and Christopher Lee

Genre: Horror

"A gasping, gnawing, heart stopping evil lies buried in The Oblong Box. Do you dare unearth its wrath? Vincent Price and Christopher Lee are at their terrifying best as a plantation owner with a shocking family secret… and a wealthy doctor desperate to continue his morbid experiments - On Human Flesh!" - from DVD Pacific

My oppinion:
Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe adaptations with Price were superior to this one, but it's a pretty decent effort nonetheless. The plot is a wee bit complicated and confusing at times, but you'll manage to get the big picture. I must say I had pretty high expectations on this one since two of my favourite horror actors, Vincent Price and Christopher Lee, starred in it, but I felt a little bit disappointed afterwards. I've seen both these actors do way better performances. I liked the sets and costumes, like I always do with Corman's Poe adaptations as well. Price's brother is wearing a mask in most of the movie because he had a disfigured face. I waited eagerly for the revealing of his face, but as I feared, the makeup-job wasn't particularly impressing. Now I've said a lot of things I don't like about the film, but it's not as bad as I might have made it sound, it's just I was hoping for a lot more then I got in Price and Lee's first movie together. It does have its good moments, and it was interesting enough to not make me feel bored.
If you're a big fan of Price and Lee, it's worth checking out, but if you haven't seen the Corman/Price Poe productions, I'd go for one of those first!

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