"[Michael] Gough essays his most celebrated horror role with great relish, and is an arrogant, hissable villain: the film wouldn't be half as enjoyable without him." - Graeme Clark, the Spinning Image
London is fear-struck and Scotland Yard is baffled by a series of strange murders plaguing the city. Through his stories of the atrocities, crime journalist Edmond Bancroft (Michael Gough) comes to his own conclusions while clues of the crimes continue to elude the police. This is because Edmond is actually behind these horrible crimes in order to create material for his writing. Along with his assistant Rick (Graham Curnow), Edmond runs a private "Black Museum" filled with the very murder and torture devices used in the creation of these horrific stories. The duration of this version reflects the original British release through there are extended versions in existence the run roughly sixteen minutes longer.
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It doesn't matter if you can see it coming from a mile away when it's carrying fifteen megatons of pure EVIL! Thoroughly ridiculous, but very enjoyable horror schlock from across the pond. Good production values, too--with that great, supersaturated color of yesteryear. Imagine every foe Batman has ever faced poured into one character. Then make him a caricature of Thomas "Murder as a Fine Art" De Quincey (after all, the movie's from the U.K., so it has to have a patina of culture). Then transform his private museum of crime into a lab for EVIL science, complete with wall-sized, blinking computers. Then add a frenzied climax at a carnival. Come to think of it, you don't really know what's coming at all. Half the fun is waiting for the roller-coaster to change generic tracks and make our antihero even more EVIL. To quote the film itself: "Get the rubber gloves and apron!"
Great show. Very British.
The British produced some of the best horror films of the 50's and 60's.....this one is no exception ! Great !
Jolly good fun!
It was odd and campy and very British and I really likesd it.....
Predictable but good of its type.
Reminded me of the old days. Very Hollywoodish.
I liked it even though the plot was pretty predictable. Acting was okay.
Mildly amusing camp horror... camp now, and likely camp in 1959, too. Nice color photography, good (though brief) musical score, crime museum doubles and mad scientist lab. Probably good for people who like this sort of thing.
Opening scene hilarious!
It was annoying, the sound was not in synch.