The Black Sleep

Hollywood legends Basil Rathbone, Lon Chaney Jr, John Carradine, Bela Lugosi and Tor Johnson gathered together in 1956 for one of the worst movies ever made. I haven't seen it yet, but have been wanting to for about 20 years. It's hulu, so you get a steady stream with a couple of commercials.


Buddy H. said...

I loved Lon Chaney Jr.'s entrance in this (Only Karloff is his equal in monster pathos) but man... I had to give up on this one soon after that.

stexe said...

It's way less interesting than I thought it would be. I was expecting an independent exploitation film along the lines of Ed Wood. But this is more like a B film from a big studio, which is almost always boring.

I'm not a fan of Chaney jr. I empathize with the sad life he lived, but he always looks like a sloppy drunk in the movies, which is what he was most of the time.

b. h. said...

Heh, yes. You can see he's plastered in this. That's why i like that one scene - it's frightening in an unhinged, homeless, way and really sad. But it's the only performance in the 20 or some minutes I got through that wasn't completely studio-phoned. I did remember liking him as a kid in the Wolfman (and Abbott and Costello) but to be honest, my monster movie watching really almost stopped after Star Wars. It was pretty much all sci-fi from then on.