Horrors of the Black Museum

Overview

This thriller, a long-time cult item among horror fans, gets a respectful treatment in this release on DVD. Horrors of the Black Museum has been given a widescreen transfer in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1; the image is letterboxed on conventional television sets, and enhanced for 16 x 9 playback on widescreen monitors. The original mono audio track is mastered in Dolby Digital, and in addition to the feature, this DVD includes a selection of production stills and biographies of the key members of the cast ...
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Overview

This thriller, a long-time cult item among horror fans, gets a respectful treatment in this release on DVD. Horrors of the Black Museum has been given a widescreen transfer in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1; the image is letterboxed on conventional television sets, and enhanced for 16 x 9 playback on widescreen monitors. The original mono audio track is mastered in Dolby Digital, and in addition to the feature, this DVD includes a selection of production stills and biographies of the key members of the cast and crew.
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Special Features

A video tribute to Herman Cohen by film journalist Tom Weaver and liflong friend and associate, Dider Chatelain; English & French language option; Original U.S. Theatrical trailer; Original European Theatrical trailer; Hypno-Vista Opeining featuring psychologist, Emile Franchel; Commentary by Herman Cohen (from archival materials); Commentary by music composer Gerard Schurmann and film critic David Del Valle; Phone interview/video featurette with Herman Cohen by Scarlet Street Publisher, Richard Valley; 3-D motion menus; Scene selection; Photo gallery; Biograhies; Bonus trailers; Booklet insert
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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: 4/29/2003
  • UPC: 089859830129
  • Original Release: 1959
  • Rating:

  • Source: Vci Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 35,724

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
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

Side #1 --
1. Blind Murder [3:34]
2. No Suspects [5:06]
3. Meddling Author [5:13]
4. Private Collections [4:00]
5. June [4:59]
6. Socializing [5:08]
7. Losing Her Head [2:30]
8. Crime Scene [3:50]
9. Confessions [4:55]
10. Young Lovers [2:58]
11. Fatal Blackmail [4:46]
12. Scotland Yard [2:50]
13. Shocking End [7:05]
14. Eager Girlfriend [4:49]
15. Lethal Injection [5:34]
16. The Fair [3:03]
17. Tunnel of Love? [2:31]
18. Master Betrayal [5:08]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Hypno Vista Opening
      Trailers
         American Theatrical trailer
         European Theatrical Trailer
         Target Earth (Herman Cohen - Producer)
         Headless Ghost (Herman Cohen - Producer)
         Blood & Black Lace
         Whip & the Body
         City of the Dead
         Ruby
         Bird with the Crystal Plumage
      Biographies/Filmographies
         Michael Gough
         June Cunningham
         Graham Curnow
         Shirley Ann Field
         Director Arthur Crabtree
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