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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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Audience Reviews for The Black Sleep

If only it had Karloff and Price it would have collected nearly all the significant horror actors of that generation. Mostly carried by Basil Rathbone of long-running Sherlock Holmes fame who in this film gets to play the bad guy instead when Scotland Yard comes calling. The rest of the cast was mostly reduced to cliched versions of the Frankenstein monster again and again. Basically about a doc that experiments on other people's brains while alive in some desperate hope to restore his wife from her brain tumor.

Bob Wolniak
Bob Wolniak

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
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