Horrors of the Black Museum

Overview

The power of hypnotism provides the basis of this film that was released in "Hypnovision" (yet another promotional gimmick) A budding and frustrated mystery writer takes extreme steps to insure that his latest thriller contains accurate descriptions of horrible murders in this gory horror thriller. He decides that the best way to do this is to set up and witness similar murders first- hand, so, not wanting to bloody his own hands, he hypnotizes his assistant, turns him into a deformed monster and has him do the ...
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Overview

The power of hypnotism provides the basis of this film that was released in "Hypnovision" (yet another promotional gimmick) A budding and frustrated mystery writer takes extreme steps to insure that his latest thriller contains accurate descriptions of horrible murders in this gory horror thriller. He decides that the best way to do this is to set up and witness similar murders first- hand, so, not wanting to bloody his own hands, he hypnotizes his assistant, turns him into a deformed monster and has him do the dirty work using a few devilishly clever gadgets that include binoculars equipped with spring-loaded spikes, a secret guillotine poised above a young woman's bed, and deadly ice tongs. Afterward, the writer drops the bodies in a vat of acid. Several people die before the assistant rebels and gets bloody revenge.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Fans of campy, gory horror flicks will have a field day with Horrors of the Black Museum, a late 1950s entry that is built around a number of "gimmicky" deaths, a la the later The Abominable Doctor Phibes. Museum isn't as "coherent" as Phibes and other ,better examples of this genre, but it is macabre and disturbing -- and often unintentionally funny. Of course, much of the humor depends upon the viewer's ability to distance himself from the horrible goings-on, to be able to laugh at mutiliations and grizzly deaths. If one cannot do this, there's little reason to watch Museum, as it features a screenplay of only minor interest. The hypnotism angle is laughable, the "disguise" make-up is ridiculous, the premise is silly and the dialogue is deliciously bad. Still, there's some sociological interest to be had, if one views Museum as an example of 1950s attitudes toward women and sex. Arthur Crabtree's direction is typical for the genre; it's not good, but it's appropriately over-the-top and provides the requisite punch in the "money" scenes, while dragging insufferably during the in-between moments. And the acting? It's all one expects -- ripe and flowing on one hand, stiff and amateurish on the other.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2005
  • UPC: 827421000095
  • Original Release: 1959
  • Rating:

  • Source: Cheezy Flicks Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,188

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Gough Edmond Bancroft
June Cunningham Joan Berkley
Graham Curnow Rick
Shirley Ann Field Angela
Geoffrey Keen Superintendent Graham
Gerald Anderson Dr. Ballan
John Warwick Inspector Lodge
Beatrice Varley Aggie
Austin Trevor Commissioner Wayne
Malou Pantera Peggy
Howard Greene Tom Rivers
Dorinda Stevens Gail
Stuart Saunders Fun Fair Barker
Hilda Barry Woman In Hall
Nora Gordon Women in Hall
Maya Koumani
Technical Credits
Arthur Crabtree Director
Wilfred C. Arnold Art Director
Herman Cohen Producer, Screenwriter
Desmond Dickinson Cinematographer
Jack Greenwood Producer
Aben Kandel Screenwriter
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Geoffrey Muller Editor
Gerard Schurmann Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Horrors of the Black Museum
1. Start Movie [1:28]
2. Hypno Vista [11:48]
3. The Package [2:09]
4. Scotland Yard [7:50]
5. A Lover's Quarrel [8:15]
6. Bancroft's Reception [16:05]
7. A Real Bargain [8:25]
8. Shock for Doc [8:27]
9. The Fairgrounds [17:32]
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Disc #1 -- Horrors of the Black Museum
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