The Shuttered Room – UK, 1967


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. Lovecraft. Basil Kirchin contributed the excellent soundtrack score.

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

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