Sunday, 18 April 2021

Doctor Blood's Coffin

Wyrd Britain reviews 'Doctor Blood's Coffin'.
When Doctor Peter Blood (Kieron Moore - 'The Day of the Triffids') is thrown out of his research post in Vienna he relocates to the mines under his home town in Cornwall where he continues his experiments on reanimating the dead by using hearts harvested from people he thinks are undeserving of life.

Moore is an intense lead hamstrung by a lumpen script and an inability to lock doors when he's up to no good but is ably assisted by horror queen Hazel Court ('The Curse of Frankentstein' & 'The Masque of the Red Death') as Nurse Linda Carter, Ian Hunter as his father, Doctor Robert Blood, and Kenneth J. Warren as the flailing and flummoxed copper.

Released in 1961 and directed by Sidney J. Furie - one of five movies he made that year including Cliff Richard's 'The Young Ones' and several years before he was to make 'The Ipcress File' - it's a slow and remarkably bloodless affair especially as it's one of the first movies to deal with the notion of zombies as the reanimated dead but as a play on the Frankenstein idea it's well worth a watch.  

Buy it here - UK / US.


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