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Horrors of the Black Museum (1959)

Unrated | | Horror | 31 May 1959 (UK)
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The promotion announced that this film was released in "Hypnovision" which gives an idea of the story. A frustrated thriller writer wants accurate crimes for his next book so he hypnotises ... See full summary »

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Arthur Crabtree

Writers:

Herman Cohen (original story), Aben Kandel (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Gough ... Edmond Bancroft
June Cunningham ... Joan Berkley
Graham Curnow ... Rick
Shirley Anne Field ... Angela Banks (as Shirley Ann Field)
Geoffrey Keen ... Supt. Graham
Gerald Andersen Gerald Andersen ... Dr. Ballan
John Warwick John Warwick ... Insp. Lodge
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Aggie
Austin Trevor ... Commissioner Wayne
Malou Pantera Malou Pantera ... Peggy - Gail's Roommate
Howard Greene Howard Greene ... Tom Rivers
Dorinda Stevens ... Gail Dunlap
Stuart Saunders Stuart Saunders ... Strength-Test Barker
Hilda Barry Hilda Barry ... Woman in Hall
Nora Gordon Nora Gordon ... Woman in Hall
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Storyline

The promotion announced that this film was released in "Hypnovision" which gives an idea of the story. A frustrated thriller writer wants accurate crimes for his next book so he hypnotises his assistant to make him commit the required crimes. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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SEE! The Fantastic Binocular Murder! SEE! The Vat of Death! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime au musée des horreurs See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(UK) | (U.S. theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first American International release to be in both color and CinemaScope. See more »

Quotes

Bancroft: No woman can hold her tongue. They're a vicious, unreliable breed!
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut heavily by the BBFC to edit scenes of gore including the ice tongs stabbing, a man's body sinking into an acid bath, sounds of screaming during the binocular murder and shots of a woman's decapitated head being placed into a bag (a proposed cut to the shot of the bloodstained binoculars was never made). Later releases all feature the same cut print and it appears this footage may now be lost forever. See more »

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Featured in Sleazemania: The Special Edition (1985) See more »

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Wax Museum + Killer Binoculars + Michael Gough = One Hell Of A Good Time!
8 November 2011 | by josephbrandoSee all my reviews

This terrifically terrible 60's exploitation flick gets upgraded to cult status via a deliciously demented performance by the unparalleled Michael Gough. Known for his over-the-top turns in many genre films, Horror Of The Black Museum is a perfect exemplification of Gough's non-stop twisted maniacal facial expressions run rampant. Its impossible to take your eyes off of him in any scene he is in. But that is not where the fun ends. There are several fiendishly nasty (although highly improbable) killings and a ridiculously retarded dance number by Marilyn Monroe wannabe June Cunningham that will stay in your mind long after the credits have rolled. This is one of those films that can be enjoyed by both us hardcore B- horror junkies and our "normal" friends. The plot? A horror/murder writer with a secret wax museum housing articles involved with local murders is always one step ahead of the police. Find out why when you buy your ticket to The Black Museum!


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