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Horrors of the Black Museum Reviews

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½ October 7, 2016
lástima, empezó bien.
September 27, 2016
Ham acting at it's best.
½ May 3, 2015
British film has killer leaving a trail of bodies by very extraordinary methods. Of some interest but time has somewhat dated this entry. Film's claim of 'Hypnovision' as a fantastic advance in motion picture history seems a stretch now but covers the opening 13 minutes.
½ October 2, 2013
It's a fair and fun horror story to watch, however the acting is terrible throughout.
April 6, 2013
Gough + ham + spiked binoculars = entertainment.
December 2, 2012
What a gem - absolutely loved this film. From its insane opening 15 minutes with a lecture from a supposed expert hypnotist and then straight into the film's shocking opening sequence, Horrors of the Black Museum is macabre and entertaining throughout.
October 27, 2012
A London murder columnist commits the murders he writes about using grisly items from his personal museum. Dated. Beginning wastes 13 minutes with a presentation on hypnotism from Dr. Emile Franchel that has no connection to the film.
½ June 28, 2012
Intriguing at first, peters out toward the middle.
April 24, 2012
Directed by Arthur Crabtree (Madonna of the Seven Moons (1945) and Fiend Without a Face (1958)), this is a creepy and unsettling horror film cut from similar cloth to what Hammer was doing at the time, (this was done by Anglo-Amalgamated), but it has a good cast in it, and some good scares for it's day, it manages to be quite effective. It's primarily about crippled writer Edmond Bancroft (Michael Gough) assisting the police in their enquiries about murders taking place in London. Something that Police Superintendent Graham (Geoffrey Keen) doesn't like is that whenever there's a murder, Bancroft just happens to write a grisly accurate fictionalisation in his books, but Graham is unable to convict Bancroft, as he has nothing to convict him with. But, Bancroft has a Black Museum under his house, inspired by Scotland Yard's own Black Museum of macabre evidence, Bancroft and his assistant Rick (Graham Curnow) collect old torture weapons for the collection, but there's darker work afoot, and Bancroft has been using Rick, via hypnotism for his own wicked needs and urges. It's a good horror film with some gory set pieces for their day, including a grand finale on a fairground when it all comes out. Gough is brilliant as the wicked old writer, and even though it's plot has no doubt been done before this film and afterwards, it doesn't matter, it's still a good watch.
Super Reviewer
April 19, 2012
Hmm, not sure what to make of this film! The opening scene with the binoculars is certainly effective but nothing after that really reaches those ghoulish heights. To say the acting is a bit ropey from a lot of the cast is an understatement and Shirley Ann Field is definitely responsible for most of it. The premise for the film is a good one but the script and acting make the whole thing laughable by the end. Gough is OTT but in a good way but this is more of a comedy now than a horror.
April 17, 2012
michael gough chews up the scenery in this horror set in london.great fun this one and a good late night watch.the hypno-vista beginning on the laserdisc is a scream.
½ April 10, 2012
Excellent low key horror with Michael Gough (Albert from the Batman series) and with a well written script. One of the best of late 1950s British horrors that were not made by Hammer.
March 2, 2012
This movie was pretty stellar until the final two minutes of run time. What a complete lackluster ending, that was a horribly pathetic way to end such a macabre story!
November 21, 2011
A London murder columnist commits the murders he writes about using grisly items from his personal museum. Dated. Beginning wastes 13 minutes with a presentation on hypnotism from Dr. Emile Franchel that has no connection to the film.
December 3, 2010
Horrors of the Black Museum is an entertaining piece of late-50s, British, horror cinema. The film concerns a serial killer who uses a variety of fiendish murder devices from his "Black Museum" to ignite a rampant murder spree in London. Unfortunately, Horrors of the Black Museum never feels like anything more than a bad Herschel Gordon Lewis film--bad because it never features the brutal amount of gore and unintentional humor that makes Gordon worth watching.
½ October 1, 2010
Fun little early slasher flick.
½ August 18, 2010
Fun little early slasher flick without the gore. Michael Gough was way over the top but still provided a fun villian. A bit slow at times and it never really gets to its full potential, what with all of the sadistic weapons of torture that are never used. But even so the movie is just an old cheesy predecesor to the likes of Saw and Hostel.
August 16, 2009
fun, cheesey late '50's horror
½ March 15, 2009
Haha, this was awesome. Gotta love they did "scary" movies back in the late 50's, early 60's. How simple the story and very simple the "effects", but it did the trick. Always keep in mind that the person showing the most interest in crimes is one who might have a hand in them. I enjoyed this one very much, but I truly love the old movies.
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