Black Zoo

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"Fang and claw killers stalk the city streets!"
  • NR
  • 1963
  • 1 hr 28 min
  • 5.6  (262)

Set in Los Angeles, Black Zoo is a horror film released in 1963. The movie is directed by Robert Gordon and stars Michael Gough, Jeanne Cooper, and Rod Lauren. The story revolves around a zoo owned by Michael Conrad, played by Gough. Conrad has an unnatural fascination with the animals under his care and seems to have a special bond with them. However, his affection for the animals takes a dangerous turn when he starts using them for his own personal vendettas.

The zoo is home to a variety of animals, such as lions, tigers, hyenas, and chimpanzees, which play a prominent role in the movie. Conrad uses these animals to get rid of people who he perceives as a threat to his personal life. He lures his victims into the zoo, where they are then attacked and killed by his trained animals.

One of Conrad's victims is his former mistress, played by Jeanne Cooper. She is killed by Conrad's trained leopard after she tries to blackmail him. Conrad's daughter, played by Virginia Grey, becomes suspicious of her father's behavior and starts investigating his activities.

As the movie progresses, the audience is drawn deeper into the twisted mind of Michael Conrad as he continues to use his animals for his own purposes. The climax of the movie takes place at the zoo, where Conrad's plan is foiled, and he receives his comeuppance.

Throughout the movie, the stunning performances of Michael Gough, who plays the charismatic and terrifying Michael Conrad, and Jeanne Cooper, who plays his ill-fated mistress, make Black Zoo a must-see.

One of the most notable aspects of the movie is the use of real animals in the film. At the time of the film's release, it was highly unusual to see such a diverse range of animals in a movie. Black Zoo set a new standard for using real animals in films, and it was a trend that continued throughout the horror genre for years to come.

The movie also has an eerie and spooky atmosphere, thanks to the use of lighting and sound effects. The dimly lit scenes in the zoo and the ominous music add to the terror of the movie, making it a classic horror film that is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Overall, Black Zoo is a thrilling and captivating horror film that showcases some of the best acting and filmmaking of the era. The movie combines all the elements of a classic horror film - suspense, terror, and an engaging storyline - that keeps the audience captivated from start to finish.

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    5.6  (262)