Hypnosis in Movies

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Welcome to our list of movies featuring hypnosis. Hollywood has long been fascinated by the “magic” of hypnosis and has very much added to the mystery and mystique surrounding the subject of hypnosis. Enjoy the Hollywood version of hypnosis.

Hypnosis in Movies in the 1930s

Svengali (1931)

Svengal, an impoverished music teacher, meets a young model named Trilby and discovers that she has a phenomenal voice. He then uses hypnotism to bring her under his control and turn her into a singing sensation.

Rasputin and the Empress (1932)

When Prince Alexis takes ill, Princess Natasha advises Empress Alexandra to call a holy man named Rasputin. By saving the Prince’s life, Rasputin gains the Empress’ trust and usurps control of the royal court. Only Prince Paul Chegodieff recognizes Rasputin’s treachery but no one believes him until it’s too late.

Carefree (1938)

Stephen Arden (Ralph Bellamy) takes his fiancé Amanda Cooper (Ginger Rogers) to see his best friend Dr. Tony Flagg (Fred Astaire) to find out why she keeps cancelling their engagement. Amanda quickly falls in love with Tony but he believes she only loves him because he is her doctor and hypnotizes her to hate him. Eventually, Tony realizes Amanda really does love him and he loves her.

Hypnosis in Movies in the 1940s

Cowboy from Brooklyn (1941)

Gives an idea on how hypnosis can help to overcome a person’s inner feelings. It deals with the story of an actor to get a job in radio station only if he can act as a cowboy.

Kisses for Breakfast (1941)

Tells about the power of hypnosis to overcome problems in personal relationships. Rodney and Juliette are just married. Juliette is often busy and Rodney finds it difficult to adjust to married life. They are willing to separate just after honeymoon. Will hypnosis save the day?

The Woman in Green(1945)

Sherlock Holmes follows the trail to a society of hypnotists in order to unravel a series of murders.

Blithe Spirit (1945)

Charles and his second wife are being haunted by the ghost of his first wife. Madame Arcati is a hypnotist who tries to solve the problem by contacting the ghost.

Black Magic (1949.)

Cagliostro (Orson Welles) hypnotizes the beautiful Lorenza (Nancy Guild) and plans to use her resemblance to Marie Antoinette to destroy the royal court and gain revenge on the Viscount de Montagne (Stephen Bekassy) for killing his parents. Only Lorenza’s true love Gilbert de Rezel (Frank Latimore) and physician Franz Anton Mesmer (Charles Goldner) can stop Cagliostro’s nefarious plot.

Hypnosis in Movies in the 1950s

Svengali (1955)

While working as an artist’s model, Trilby meets Billy and the two fall in love. The evil Svengali has his own plans for Trilby. He uses hypnosis to steal Trilby away from Billy and transforms her into a world famous singing sensation.

How to be Very, Very Popular (1955)

The story is based on the experiences of two girls who want to become popular. They think that hiding out from the college fraternity will make them more popular.

The Search for Bridey Murphy (1956)

A woman under hypnosis remembers a prior life…and death. Based on real-life events. On a dark and dreary day in 1952, Morey Bernstein hypnotized Virginia Tighe. She began speaking in an Irish brogue and claimed that she was Bridey Murphy, a 19th century woman from Cork, Ireland. Bernstein hypnotized Virginia/Bridey many times after that.

The Three Faces of Eve (1957)

A weak and fearful home-wife can at any moment turn into a sexy, extroverted blonde. She receives psychiatric treatment of her double personality, being hypnotized by her doctor. Her psychiatrist, regresses her to her childhood, to find possible reasons for her multiple personalities

The Magician (1958)

The story of Albert Emanuel Vogler, a 19th-century stage hypnotist-come magician who studied with Mesmer but finds himself debt-ridden and charged with blasphemy.

Hypnosis in Movies in the 1960s

Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961)

Story about the experience of a Greek fisherman in the mythical city of Atlantis.

Hypnosis in Movies in the 1970s

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970)

A psychiatrist discovers that his client lived a former life, in 19th-century England.

Sisters (1973)

A magician’s assistant hypnotizes a girl for his boss, using massage and verbal suggestions as the induction.

Hypnosis in Movies in the 1990s

Dead Again (1991)

When Mike Church tries to help beautiful amnesiac Amanda Sharp , he gets unexpected help from eccentric antique shop owner Franklyn Madison, Franklyn hypnotizes Grace to recall her past life as Margaret Strauss, who was murdered by her husband Roman. But who is trying to kill Grace in the present?

The Lightning Incident (1991)

Nancy McKeon is a pregnant mother who suffers nightmares. A friend uses hypnosis to try and help her.

Red Sun Rising (1993)

Thomas Hoshino goes to L.A. to find a gangster named Yamata but winds up helping Detective Karen Ryder prevent a gang war. Thomas and Karen discover that Yamata is selling guns to the gangs but, to get to him, Thomas must face Yamata’s partner, Jaho a ruthless ninja assassin who can hypnotize people with his eyes.

The Stepford Husbands (1996.)

When Mick and Jodi have marital problems, they decide to move to the quiet town of Stepford. Unfortunately, Mick continues to become more moody and withdrawn until he has a violent breakdown. Jodi’s friend convinces her to have Mick committed but when Mick becomes a changed man, Jodi starts to miss the man she married and wants him back.

Stir of Echoes (1998)

Bacon plays a blue-collar guy, Tom, who laments his ordinary life, only to learn, when his sister-in-law hypnotizes him, that he is a “receiver” capable of seeing spirits and split-second glimpses of past and future events. The story is a murder mystery, combined with the paranormal world of psychic experiences.

Hypnosis in Movies in the 2000s

K-PAX (2001)

Prot (Kevin Spacey) claims to have come from the planet K-PAX.. He soon ends up in a mental hospital with Dr. Mark Powell (Jeff Bridges), Dr Powell uses hypnosis to get to the truth about Prot’s true origin.

Shallow Hal (2001)

A self-help guru makes a superficial man (Jack Black) see only the inner beauty of a very fat woman..

Doctor Sleep (2002)

A hypnotherapist is caught up in the pursuit of a serial killer.

The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

A war hero finds himself at the centre of a plot to seize the white house.


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