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'Doctor Blood's Coffin'
(Kieron Moore, Hazel Court, Ian Hunter, et al / DVD / NR / (1961) 2011 / Warner Bros. Archive Collection)

Overview: There is horror in a small Cornish village when a disbarred doctor starts performing grafting experiments on the unfortunate and terrified villagers.

DVD Verdict: Pretty straight forward little thriller, one I've always wanted to see, that interestingly makes a monster out of a doctor who wants to do heart transplants! And this was about 4 or 5 years before it actually happened for real! I wonder how Christiaan Barnard felt about that! OK I just checked the first heart transplant was 1967.

Dr. Blood himself is pretty over the top not hesitating to sacrifice the useless and unworthy to further his pursuits. It's close and a little clammy when down in the mine tunnels but the location work is good and I want to add my praises for Hazel Court who is too attractive for her role!

There's a great bit in the first two minutes. She's a nurse and when the village Dr drives up she runs over to help with his packages. He loads her up with an armful of five or six boxes then wanders off to jaw with the locals. Pretty funny bit no matter how you parse it from a period or contemporary perspective.

Sorry, but I wouldn't recommend this flm to many. It's OK, in and of its kind but the ending, which the whole movie builds up to, is ludicrous and let's all the steam out of the slowly, but effectively, developed tension. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

Warner Archive Collection





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