Dr. Richard Marlowe uses a combination of voodoo rite and hypnotic suggestion, attempting to revive his beautiful, but long-dead, wife, by transferring the life essences of several hapless ... See full summary »
A scientist discovers a formula enabling him to pass through solid surfaces, but he also rapidly ages, which forces him to kill humans in order to reverse the aging process by absorbing his victims' energies.
Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
England, 1872. The night before he is to be hanged for a murder he did not commit, young Dr. Gordon Ramsey is visited in his cell by his old mentor, eminent surgeon Sir Joel Cadmund. Cadmund offers to see that Ramsey gets a proper burial and gives him a sleeping powder to get him through the night, which Ramsey takes, unaware it is really an East Indian drug, "nind andhera" ("the black sleep"), which induces a deathlike state of anesthesia. Pronounced dead in his cell, he is turned over to Cadmund, who promptly revives him and takes him to his home in a remote abbey. Cadmund explains he believes Ramsey is innocent and needs his talents to help him in an project, which he is reluctant to immediately discuss further. In fact, Cadmund's wife lies in a coma from a deep-seated brain tumor, and he is attempting to find a safe surgical route to its site by experimenting on the brains of others, whom Ramsey comes to learn are alive during the process, anesthetized by the "black sleep", and ...Written by
Rich Wannen <RichWannen@worldnet.att.net>
"The Black Sleep" is weak, but 'Rathbone' saves the picture...
I taped "The Black Sleep" off cable TV a couple years ago. I have only sat through this film two or three times.. I find it okay at best even with a stellar cast of great horror film figures like Basil Rathbone, Lon Chaney, John Carradine, Bela Lugosi and Tor Johnson in the film... The great Basil Rathbone actually saves this film from utter doom in my view. I say this because the rest of the cast are merely just in it for visual purposes.. Basil Rathbone is the only notable star who has a decent role here... I've seen far worse low-budget horror films in my time, but this here is pretty bad for the sake of stating the obvious... I only keep this film on file because of the very few / rare times that all these great horror film actors actually worked together all at once on the same set... BUT! By 1956, it was more than clear to me that all actors were long in the tooth and past their glory days without a doubt in my mind....
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