The Shuttered Room – UK, 1967 – overview and reviews

 
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The Shuttered Room is a 1967 British horror film directed by David Greene and starring Gig Young and Carol Lynley (Beware! The Blob) as a couple who move into a house with dark secrets. It is based on the short story of the same name by August Derleth and H.P. LovecraftBasil Kirchin contributed the excellent soundtrack score.

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Plot:

On a small island off the U.S. coast, the Whateleys live in an old mill where a mysterious bloody being creates an atmosphere of horror. After her parents get killed by lightning, young Susannah is sent to New York by her aunt Agatha, who wants her to avoid the family curse.

Years later, Susannah, now married, persuades her husband to spend a holiday in the abandoned mill. Once on the island, Susannah and Mike soon find themselves exposed to the hostility of a gang of thugs led by Ethan (Oliver Reed), Susannah’s brutal cousin…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

The Shuttered Room is very enjoyable, right up until the derivative end. It has a gorgeous heroine, a cool-as-ice hero, a terrifying baddie in Oliver Reed, and enough plot twists and turns to keep you guessing up to (almost) the end. It is also extremely brutal – with near-rapes, vicious attacks and some great set-pieces.” Chris Wood, British Horror Films

“The Shuttered Room on the other hand is just boring bad, but it’s just as incomprehensible.” Dylan Charles, DVD Verdict

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Cast and characters:

  • Gig Young … Mike Kelton
  • Carol Lynley … Susannah Whately Kelton / Sarah
  • Oliver Reed … Ethan
  • Flora Robson … Aunt Agatha
  • Judith Arthy … Emma
  • Rick Jones … Luther Whately
  • Ann Bell … Mary Whately
  • William Devlin … Zebulon Whately
  • Charles Lloyd-Pack … Barge Master
  • Bernard Kay … Tait
  • Donald Sutherland … Zebulon (voice)
  • Celia Hewitt … Aunt Sarah
  • Robert Cawdron … Luther Whately
  • Murray Evans … Gang Member
  • Clifford Diggins … Gang Member
  • Peter Porteous … Gang Member
  • Anita Anderson … Susannah as a Child

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One Comment on “The Shuttered Room – UK, 1967 – overview and reviews”

  1. CAN SOMEONE WHO READS THIS POSTING TELL ME HOW I MAY GET IN TOUCH WITH EITHER OR ANN BELL OR JUDITH ARTHY

    WHO BOTH STARRED IN MY ALL TIME FAVORITE MOVIE U.K.’s THE SHUTTERED ROOM AS I WOULD GIVE ANYTHING OR BOY SIGNED PHOTOS OF 1 OR BOTH STARS FOR MY LARGE SHYYYERED ROOM COLLECTION?

    I DO NOT USE FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM etc ONLY EMAILS AND I WOULD BE THRILLED TO DEATH TO OWN PHOTOS MADE OUT TO ME BY 1 OR BOTH UK ACTORS AND I WILL PAY TO SEND THE PHOTOS OF THEM FROM THE SHUTERED ROOM.

    PLEASE CAN SOMEONE HELP ME OUT? I HAVE MET CAROL LYNLEY 2 TIMES OUT IN HOLLYWOOD IN 2009 AT A COLLECTORS SHOW AND SHE SIGNED ONE OF MY ORIGINAL SHUTTERED ROOM LOBBY CARDS FOR ME AND TO OWN 1 OR BOTH OF THESE OTHER AMAZING STARS FOR MY SHUTTERED ROOM COLLECTION WOLUD BE AMAZING BUT I HAVE NO CLUE AS TO HOW TO EVEN BEGIN GETTING IN TOUCH WITH 1 OR BOTH STARS AND AGAIN I WILL PAY ALL POSTAGE COST TO SEND THESE STARS PHOTO FROM THEM IN THE SHUTTERED ROOM AND I WILL ADD EXTRA $$$ FOR THEIR AUTOGRAPHS MADE OUT TO ME ( CHRIS HOLLAND) # ONE SHUTTERED ROOM FAN & COLLECTOR!!!

    ALSO IF ANYONE READS THIS AND ARE ALSO FANS OF THE MOVIE AND THE WONDERFUL FILM SCORE BY THE GREAT BASIL KIRCHIN I WILL GLADLY BUY ANY ITEMS FROM THIS MOVIE THAT I DO NOT YET OWN SUCH AS PHOTOS, ARTICLES, PRESSBOOKS etc…
    I DO OWN ALL OF THE USA MOVIE THEATRE LOBBY CARDS AND THE USA AND U.K. PRESS BOOK BUT WOULD PAY WELL FOR ITEMS FROM ANY OTHER COUNTRIES THAT SOMEONE “MAY HAVE’ EXTRAS TO SELL ME AND MY EMAIL ADDRESS FOR PHOTOS OF ANY ITEMS ONE MAY HAVE FOR SALE IS AS FOLLOWS.

    marieph2832@aol.com

    PLEASE FEEL FREE TO WRITE ME ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE A FAN ‘/ COLLECTOR OF THIS VERY OVERLOOKED FILM

    MANY THANKS FOR YOUR TIME,

    CHRISTOPHER HOLLAND

    AND I SURE HOPE THAT I CAN GET IN TOUCH WITH MS BELL AND OR MS ARTHY FOR SIGNED SHUTTERED ROOM PHOTOS THAT I WILL GLADLY PAY FOR ALL POSTAGE etc FOR MY SHUTTERED ROOM COLLECTION,

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