The promotion announced that this film was released in "Hypnovision" which gives an idea of the story. A frustrated thriller writer wants accurate crimes for his next book so he hypnotises ...
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The promotion announced that this film was released in "Hypnovision" which gives an idea of the story. A frustrated thriller writer wants accurate crimes for his next book so he hypnotises his assistant to make him commit the required crimes. Written by
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Impressive death sequences are the main point of interest in this grade-b chiller
This seems to be fondly remembered by many other users, but I'm not a huge fan of it (same thing happened with director Crabtree's "Fiend Without a Face"). Still, its entertaining enough for vintage monster movie fans. And just as it was with "Fiend Without a Face", the film's best qualities are the blood. The murder scenes in "Horrors of the Black Museum" are both inventive and surprisingly grisly for the time. The film is worth watching just for the memorable death sequences. Its interesting to note that the British b-films of the time were pushing the boundaries a lot more than their American counterparts (up until "Blood Feast" that is).
The rest of the film isn't as fun however. The scenes in between the murder sequences often move slowly and seem incredibly silly by today's standards. Plus, a lot from the film is never really explained (just how did Gough's assistant transform into a Mr. Hyde-style monster?). Michael Gough is fun to watch, but is no match for Vincent Price (the man overplays but not enough to make it a campy delight). Still, this is an entertaining little b-film and may be worth watching if it turns up on television. (5/10)
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