Horrors of the Black Museum Reviews

  • Oct 07, 2016

    lástima, empezó bien.

    lástima, empezó bien.

  • Sep 27, 2016

    Ham acting at it's best.

    Ham acting at it's best.

  • Oct 02, 2013

    It's a fair and fun horror story to watch, however the acting is terrible throughout.

    It's a fair and fun horror story to watch, however the acting is terrible throughout.

  • Apr 06, 2013

    Gough + ham + spiked binoculars = entertainment.

    Gough + ham + spiked binoculars = entertainment.

  • Dec 02, 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.

    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.

  • Oct 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.

    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.

  • May 26, 2012

    Intriguing at first, peters out toward the middle.

    Intriguing at first, peters out toward the middle.

  • Apr 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.

    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.

  • Apr 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.

    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.

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    David S Super Reviewer
    Apr 17, 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.

    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.