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Movie-A-Day #317: Horrors of the Black Museum (1959).

November 13, 2011

On this date in 1841, Scottish physician James Braid witnessed a demonstration of mesmerism which prompted him to start a scientific study of the subject. He called his new field of scientific mesmerism “hypnotism” and became a pioneer in the study of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Hypnotism also figures strongly in “Horrors of the Black Museum,” a William Castle knockoff from Britain that claims to have cues that will hypnotize the audience. Try watching it and see if you wind up clucking like a chicken…

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