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Horrors of the Black Museum (1959)

Unrated  |   |  Horror  |  April 1959 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Edmond Bancroft
June Cunningham ...
Joan Berkley
Graham Curnow ...
Rick
Shirley Anne Field ...
Angela Banks
Geoffrey Keen ...
Supt. Graham
Gerald Anderson ...
Dr. Ballan
John Warwick ...
Insp. Lodge
Beatrice Varley ...
Aggie
Austin Trevor ...
Commissioner Wayne
Malou Pantera ...
Peggy (Gail's roommate)
Howard Greene ...
Tom Rivers
Dorinda Stevens ...
Gail Dunlap
Stuart Saunders ...
Strength-Test Barker
Hilda Barry ...
Woman in Hall
Nora Gordon ...
Woman in Hall
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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 Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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April 1959 (UK)  »

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Crimes au musée des horreurs  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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Final film of director Arthur Crabtree. See more »

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Bancroft: No woman can hold her tongue. They're a vicious, unreliable breed!
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Impressive death sequences are the main point of interest in this grade-b chiller
7 May 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

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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