The Black Sleep

The Black Sleep

The Terror Drug That Wakes the Dead! Jun. 15, 1956 USA 82 Min.
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Basil Rathbone isSir Joel Cadman
Sir Joel Cadman
Akim Tamiroff isOdo the Gypsy
Odo the Gypsy
Herbert Rudley isDr. Gordon Ramsay
Dr. Gordon Ramsay
Patricia Blair isLaurie Munroe
Laurie Munroe
Lon Chaney Jr. isDr. Munroe
Dr. Munroe
George Sawaya isSailor-Subject
Tor Johnson isMr. Curry
Mr. Curry


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…

Original titleThe Black Sleep
IMDb Rating 6.1 1,048 votes