The Black Sleep

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Released 1956

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Director:
Reginald LeBorg
Released:
1956
Rating:
R
The Black Sleep is a 1956 horror film about two surgeons in 19th-century England who take on an illegal and immoral project to map the human brain by opening the heads of non-consenting test subjects. The cast is packed with horror veterans, including Basil Rathbone, Herbert Rudley, John Carradine, and Bela Lugosi in his last feature film role. Dr. Gordon Ramsey (Rudley) is sentenced to death by hanging, a fate he narrowly escapes thanks to Sir Joel Cadman (Rathbone). Cadman possesses a powerful drug capable of inducing a deep, death-like sleep-the black sleep. The executioner assumes Ramsey died of natural causes, and the doctor wakes in the care of Cadman. Cadman then informs Ramsey of his motivation for saving him-he needs an assistant in a a grizzly experiment he's running. Cadman has been using the black sleep to put unsuspecting victims to sleep so he can experiment on their brains, searching for a safe way to remove a deadly tumor from his wife's brain. The test subjects are then revived, all with debilitating and horrifying abnormalities. Ramsey owes his life to Cadman, but is his debt great enough to help the mad scientist with his nefarious experiment? The Black Sleep is a chilling classic and a must-see for horror fans.moreless
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