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The Black Sleep (1956)

82 min - Horror, Science Fiction - 15 June 1956
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In 19th century England, a noted brain surgeon rescues a former student from being hanged on a false conviction for murder, and spirits him away to an ancient, repurposed abbey far in the countryside. There, he connives his pupil into assisting him in mapping the functions of the various parts of the human brain, using living subjects who are under a terrible animation-suspending drug called "black sleep". Subsequently, the student, along with the daughter of one of the subjects, discover that most of these subjects have survived but are being kept in a dungeon-like cellar, in various stages of derangement...

Director:  Reginald Le Borg
Stars:  Basil Rathbone, Herbert Rudley, Patricia Blair, Akim Tamiroff, Phyllis Stanley, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, John Carradine, George Sawaya, Tor Johnson, Sally Yarnell, Peter Gordon, Claire Carleton, Clive Morgan, Louanna Gardner, Aubrey Schenck, John Sheffield

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Storyline

In 19th century England, a noted brain surgeon rescues a former student from being hanged on a false conviction for murder, and spirits him away to an ancient, repurposed abbey far in the countryside. There, he connives his pupil into assisting him in mapping the functions of the various parts of the human brain, using living subjects who are under a terrible animation-suspending drug called "black sleep". Subsequently, the student, along with the daughter of one of the subjects, discover that most of these subjects have survived but are being kept in a dungeon-like cellar, in various stages of derangement...


Tagline: The Terror Drug That Wakes the Dead!

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Language:  English
Release Date:  15 June 1956

Box Office

Budget:  $225,000

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Bel-Air Productions, United Artists

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 22 min