The Black Sleep (1956)





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This spooky outing centers upon a maniacal brain surgeon and his experimental brain transplants. When his wife falls into a coma, he must quickly find an assistant to help him find a donor for his wife. Trouble follows when some of his dangerous zombie-like subjects escape.
Drama , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Basil Rathbone
as Sir Joel Cadman
Patricia Blake
as Laurie Munroe
Akim Tamiroff
as Odo the Gypsy
Lon Chaney Jr
as Dr. Munroe/Mungo
Bela Lugosi
as Casimir
Herbert Rudley
as Dr. Gordon Ramsay
Tor Johnson
as Curry
Claire Carleton
as Miss Daly
Peter Gordon
as Investigative Sgt. Steel
Louanna Gardner
as Angelina
Clive Morgan
as 1st Bobby
John Sheffield
as Scotland Yard Detective
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Critic Reviews for The Black Sleep

All Critics (3)

The Black Sleep isn't nearly as bad as its reputation, but a higher budget and a more accomplished director than Reginald LeBorg might have yielded a more respectable horror yarn.

Full Review… | March 26, 2016
Creative Loafing

probably the best picture that tor johnson starred in... that doesn't say much.

May 2, 2008

A mediocre film that has earned a rep for wasting an all-star caliber cast of some of the greatest horror actors.

Full Review… | September 26, 2007
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Of its type not bad helped by a cast full of stalwarts of the genre.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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This was so absurd but the ending was silly enough to make it a little okay. I mean, a man slapping the bad guys about with a staff and laughing about burning the infidels while a half bald woman follows along just hysterically giggling? I'll certainly remember it at least.

Ruthless Rector
Ruthless Rector

You didn't want to die, doctor. Neither does this man. A mad scientist wants nothing more than to save his wife but he needs to practice on live patients if he hopes to find a cure. He uses a potion he calls black sleep to knock them out, and then he operates on them. Some experiments go better than others, but his goal is not to kill his patients and have them awake safely. He doesn't always achieve his goal and his helpers may not be able to deal with his shenanigans much longer. "Is it true that a woman's brain is smaller than a man's?" "Slightly." Reginald Le Borg, director of The Mummy's Ghost, Diary of a Mad Man, Weird Woman, The Eyes of Annie Jones, The Flight that Disappeared, and War Drums, delivers The Black Sleep. The storyline for this picture was fairly straightforward but fun to watch unfold. There were not many horror elements or sequences that were intense, but the acting was good and the cast includes John Carradine, Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathborne, Patricia Blaire, and Akim Tamiroff. "That about take cares of your past." I found this on Netflix and was very excited to see this cast of horror legends in a movie together. The movies itself was just okay, but I enjoyed watching it unfold. Overall, this is a very average movie that is only worth watching if you're a fan of the horror classics. "She will not be missed." Grade: C

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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