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4.0 out of 5 stars There Will Be Blood, 6 Oct 2011
Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett "vampire lover" (Dracula's Crypt) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Blood's Coffin [DVD] [1961] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD-R)

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. Like all mad Doctors, Blood resorts to the defence that he's doing it all for the betterment of mankind, when in fact he's just another deranged serial killer with delusions of grandeur.
I would like it to get a nice Region 2 release though, as it deserves better treatment than it has recieved over the years. The director Furie has directed better(The Entity) and worse(Superman IV) in his career, but this undemanding little horror remains a real curio. 4 out of 5.
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4.0 out of 5 stars exploitation shocker 1960s style, 16 Aug 2011
Wayne Allen (wa uk) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Doctor Blood's Coffin [DVD] [1961] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD-R)
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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