Brian's Review of The Black Sleep
The Black Sleep(1956)
A fairly by-the-numbers mad scientist flick mainly notable for having one of the greatest casts in horror cinema history... and then wasting most of the talent. Basil Rathbone is predictably British in the lead, and John Carradine is gleefully insane in his small role. But how can a film cast both Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr. in non-speaking roles? The presence of Lugosi adds a deep note of sadness in particular as he shuffles through silently as Cassimir, a mute servant. He looks haggard and broken throughout. This would be his last time on a set.
By no means is this a "must see." The Black Sleep is one for classic horror completists. Its worth is as much historic as it is in entertainment.