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Doctor Blood's Coffin [DVD] [1961] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Kieron Moore, Hazel Court, Ian Hunter, Kenneth J. Warren, Gerald Lawson
  • Directors: Sidney J. Furie
  • Writers: James Kelley, Nathan Juran, Peter Miller
  • Producers: David E. Rose, George Fowler
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Cheezy Flicks Ent
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,618 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The story starts with Dr Peter Blood(Kieron Moore) being expelled from a Medical Academy in Vienna for conducting experiments on living humans. The story then moves to the small Cornish town of Port Carron where some of the local populus have started to go missing. Lucky for Port Carron then, that Peter Blood should choose to return to his father's practice in the town, and also because he has a great knowledge of the intricate series of underground tin mines. After all the missing men could have found their way into these dark passages. Hang on a minute though, wouldn't these mines be an excellent place for Dr Blood Jnr to carry on with his nefarious experiments?
It's funny how a film that used to be on British television so regularily should become so forgotten. Whilst 'Doctor Blood's Coffin' is hardly the Citizen Kane of British horror films neither is it a plump turkey like 'The Vulture'.
I thought that the locations, actually a small Cornish village, served the film's atmosphere well, the cast all performed well with Moore delivering an appropriately full-blooded performance, Hazel Court also excellent as a local Nurse and Kenneth J. Warren as a dogged Police Seargent. There is also an interesting climax, full of ghoulish concepts.
However, Doctor Blood's Coffin can be summed up as a routine, if watchable horror, as apart from Peter Blood and perhaps Nurse Linda there is very little characterisation of the Port Carron natives, and certain scenes such as Blood searching for an escaped experiment seem to drag on a bit.
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with a title such as this,who could resist not paying admission price to see it,the story is a modern take on the frankenstein story,60s all takes place in a cornish village,hazel court,60s scream queen,is the local doctors assistant who discovers medical equipment and drugs are going missing from the village doctors surgery,it all happens during the time that the doctors son,peter blood,is home to visit his father.the story holds no surprises,but does keep you interested.there is a certain charm about about it,the lovely hazel court always makes the unbelievable seem believable,and everyone else gives there all.the locations are very pleasing,and the eastman colour brings it all to life.all in all,a little gem of a movie,if as i do you like this kind of thing.beautiful victim,mad doctor,the dead rising up from an icy grave,it has it all.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Good, gruesome climax mostly saves rather slow thriller. 13 Aug 2002
By Andrew R. Oerman - Published on
Dr. Peter Blood (no relation to Captain) has a problem. His name makes it obvious he's the villain. But I jest; certainly his is a convenient moniker, at least for horror movie purposes, with Frankenstein being taken, but since the people in this movie are quite thick-headed his secret stays safe for a long time. His real problem is that he has discovered a way to bring the dead back to life, and cannot make the simpletons around him see that it is okay for him to vivisect living humans to gain the parts he needs.
He returns to his childhood home on the English coast, after being kicked out of medical school in Vienna for his grisly dealings. His town has been wracked with disappearances and thefts over the past while, and the audience knows Blood has been doing it, because the opening scene showed him to be a madman. Yet for a few minutes the filmmakers hide his face as if this movie is going to be a mystery. Apparently news of his transgressions at school did not make it back home, because he is welcomed with open arms. He promptly pitches in on trying to locate the fiend, while simultaneously using his medical knowledge and good reputation to lead the authorities astray, as well as romancing the beguilingly beautiful Hazel Court, a nurse in his father's clinic. We instinctively know all this hard work is going to catch up to Blood, because, well, he's a crazed villain. And besides, you're just not supposed to date your co-workers.
Anyway, Blood dispatches a few more villagers, is nearly discovered when one crawls away and barely lacks the strength to ID him, is discovered, kills one more, is discovered again, by Hazel, and races off to the cave where he has been keeping his still-living victims and performing his experiments.
If the flick hasn't been exactly bad up to this point, but merely pokey and obvious, here's where it gets good. He finally succeeds in his experiment, transplanting a still-beating heart into Hazel's dead husband's corpse. This he does to spite her for rejecting his creepy advances. Talk about holding a grudge. The moldy stiff gets up and attacks Hazel. The cops seem to have stopped for tea on the way, and are nowhere to be found, as the undead fiend from heck menaces our heroine. But Blood, in a fit of conscience(?), stops the thing and fights with it himself. For a dead guy, Hazel's ex sure can scrap. Not that we can see much in the sloppily-directed Toho-esque elbows-and-angles style bout. At any rate, his transplanted heart must have been like a diesel engine, because the rotting man manages to strangle Blood. Then he expires himself, for some unknown reason. Hazel stumbles out of the cave, to the police, who act like they had intended to storm the cave but had experienced car troubles.
That is a happy ending, I suppose, although I still don't know where the titular Coffin of Dr. Blood fits into the story. That seems a more fitting title for any eventual sequel. But I digress.
Kieron Moore does well as Dr. Blood, but looks vaguely like a somewhat handsomer Cosmo Kramer, spoiling his manic performance a trifle. Hazel Court does very well just being Hazel Court. Her uncredited dead husband looks suitably grody.
But the story's pacing and seen-it-all-before nature hurt. The modern setting didn't help, either; there's a lot less mystique to the 1960's than to the 1860's. With phones in existence, why didn't someone from Vienna warn the town a dangerous mad scientist was on his way? And how did Blood beat Hazel and the cops back to the cave by enough of a margin to complete open-heart surgery? In horse-and-buggy days, I might have overlooked it, but in Volkswagen times, that plot convenience sticks out sorely.
The print is surprisingly good for a company that allows typos on the box and cannot be bothered to get their brief synopsis correct.
In summation, I've made much sport of this movie, and it is funny in a dry way, but it's mostly well-done and I do recommend it for genre fans.
See also: The Hammer Frankensteins; Mania; The Body Snatcher
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Another worthwile British horror movie 20 April 2009
By kozmikrokker - Published on
Format: DVD
Another reviewer has already given a good overview of the plot of the movie, I just wanted to add a few comments. No, there is never actually any coffin anywhere in the movie so I have to wonder where the title came from. I assume anyone reading this review is old school like me and already appreciated these kind of well-made thrillers back when they were 10 years old and actually thought they were really scary. This is one you'd definitely have seen on Thriller Theater on Saturday afternoons back in the 70's and early 80's, and it would have been considered one of the better ones. This one is easily better made than say, "The Terror" or 'The Dunwich Horror', but maybe not quite as good as say, "Five million years to Earth". It still has a good story, though, and sticks to it. No blood all over the walls and no guy with a giant knife slashing peoples' heads off for fun. No stupid subplots or bad acting either. I write this review now because at current age 36 I just saw this yesterday for the first time and it fit right in to the memories I have of watching those other great British Horror films I used to get really into as a child and young teenager. So check this one out, you can't beat the price on it right now either.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Autopsy-Turvy... 27 Dec 2008
By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein - Published on
Format: DVD-R
Dr. Peter Blood (Kieron Moore from Day Of The Triffids) returns to the tiny village of his youth, in order to fulfill his dream of re-animating the dead. Alas, the town-folk aren't very understanding, forcing Blood to operate in secrecy. Thankfully, the cops are incompetent boobs who cannot fathom why people just keep vanishing and / or turning up dead. The loverly Hazel Court plays a nurse, and Ian Hunter is Dr. Blood's dad. DBC is a gruesome little chiller w/ a snappy zombie-rises-to-seek-revenge finalé. Great stuff...
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Alpha Finally Gets One Right 31 Mar 2009
By Gary A. Smith - Published on
Format: DVD
Considering the quality (or lack of) on most of their product, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the Alpha DVD of DR. BLOOD'S COFFIN is a very nice transfer with good color and sound. If only some of their other stuff looked this good! This is well worth the money if you want to add this title to your horror movie collection.
1960's british mad scientist strikes 29 July 2010
By Michael Dobey - Published on
Format: DVD-R
This flick is a well shot movie that wasn't a high budget affair.
The film when seen on tcm in hd looks great and it really adds to it's enjoyment. Here you get a decent film transfer at best. Cheezy and alpha video usually just find the best print they can which is not the same as a better dvd release, but many of the films they put out won't get released at all otherwise. This one was filmed back in 1961 and for that era the zombie at the end is extremely well done but the rest of the film features the mad doctor kidnapping people so he can get their hearts and put them into a deadman. In spite of this being low budget it's not done by a first time director instead it's a studio affair from the uk film industry that means that you get lots of people who had movies and tv before and good actors. This isn't a modern horror movie but it's still a decent little flick because kieren moore plays a good fanatic doctor and Hazel court always adds a strong beautiful screen presence in her movies. The film does in fact feature a coffin scene in which a murder victim is placed in a coffin but it's not dr. bloods coffin. Yes the doctors name is really blood! This is not a bad movie for fans of old style horror movies and best of all it's in color!. That always helps when you have great oceanside scenery like in this movie. Don't expect a great movie and a great print on this one but if you can catch this on tcm in hd it's alot better view. Of course a regular critic would give this 2 or less stars because it's a hokey horror thing but who cares because I enjoy oldtime horror.
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