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Horrors of the Black Museum (1959)

Unrated | | Horror | 31 May 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 »

Director:

Arthur Crabtree

Writers:

Herman Cohen (original story), Aben Kandel (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Gough ... Edmond Bancroft
June Cunningham ... Joan Berkley
Graham Curnow ... Rick
Shirley Anne Field ... Angela Banks (as Shirley Ann Field)
Geoffrey Keen ... Supt. Graham
Gerald Andersen Gerald Andersen ... Dr. Ballan
John Warwick John Warwick ... Insp. Lodge
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Aggie
Austin Trevor ... Commissioner Wayne
Malou Pantera Malou Pantera ... Peggy - Gail's Roommate
Howard Greene Howard Greene ... Tom Rivers
Dorinda Stevens ... Gail Dunlap
Stuart Saunders Stuart Saunders ... Strength-Test Barker
Hilda Barry Hilda Barry ... Woman in Hall
Nora Gordon Nora Gordon ... Woman in Hall
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

BIG in 'SCOPE...in COLOUR...in THRILLS! See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime au musée des horreurs See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(UK) | (U.S. theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The VCI Entertainment DVD release promises a "European Remastered Version" running 94 minutes. The disc contains only the standard British release running 78 minutes. See more »

Quotes

Bancroft: No woman can hold her tongue. They're a vicious, unreliable breed!
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Alternate Versions

The "Hypno-Vista" segment was removed from American International's television release prints. See more »

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Featured in That'll Be the Day (1973) See more »

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Probably saved by its gimmick
19 November 1999 | by KuRt-33See all my reviews

It was only after looking at the director of "Fiend without a face" that I realised that 'Fiend' and "Horrors of the Black Museum" were directed by the same person. Both movies are very good British horror movies (though it's a pity that it's so difficult to find 'Fiend' and it doesn't look like the BBC will show it again - maybe this prayer will work). Because it's so hard to find 'Fiend", I chose to review 'Horrors' because you should get the chance to watch a Crabtree movie. Apart from the plot of "Horrors of the Black Museum" (which I won't go into here - if you're interested, you can always read the plot summary) the movie has a special feature (Hypnovista) which probably is one of the reasons why it's still around now. Hypnovista was a gimmick like the ones William Castle liked to use (think of the color scene and the moving theatre seats in 'The Tingler' or the Fright Break which paused 'Homicidal'), but certainly not the only reason to see the movie (unless, of course you are totally into hypnotised people). I agree that some of the stunts could have been better (I never believed the skeleton), but the movie was made in 1959. Indeed, they don't make them like they used to do... "Horrors of the Black Museum" is one of the movies which make you add "...unfortunately". (the same goes for 'Fiend')


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