Dr. Blood’s Coffin (1961) Review

“A Monster created from the depths!”

Synopsis: People are mysteriously disappearing near a remote Cornish village, where a scientist is experimenting with reviving the dead.

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Dr. Blood’s Coffin is a pleasantly tight little mad science flick. It’s more serious and heartfelt than the name implies, and though the titular Dr. Blood (Kieran Moore) is conducting horrific experiments in the name of science, he’s portrayed sympathetically here. In fact, the movie is largely told from Blood’s point of view; we follow him in his frustrations and successes. It’s hard not to feel just a bit akin to him as he pursues his blind passions, terrible though they are.

Kieran Moore and his co-star, Hazel Court, are good with each other. Refreshingly, Hazel Court’s Nurse Linda is allowed to be more than a kittenish caricature of a woman; she has her own opinions and agency throughout the movie. Far and away my favorite character, though, is undertaker Mr. Morton (Gerald Lawson), who provides a fun counterpoint to the serious nature of the rest of the film.

I particularly enjoyed how tastefully and well this movie brings its audience into sympathy with the killer. In one of the more tense scenes in the movie, one of Blood’s victims escapes – and I found myself almost as anxious that Blood wouldn’t find him in time as that he would.

Dr. Blood’s Coffin is more in the vein of a psychological thriller than the bloody butchering we often come across in more modern mad science movies. For fans of quiet horror (and the more classic adaptations of Frankenstein), this is a decent watch.

Calamity Brains’ Rating: B-
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The Codex Mortis Horror Hosts (Ludwig von Stroodle and Calamity Brains) are married and live in West Virginia. Pretty much everyone who sees their cabin agrees that it would be an ideal setting for a horror movie. Their pets include a black widow spider, a smart dog, and a stupid dog. When they aren’t watching horror movies, they can be found at whiskey festivals, Renaissance fairs, and board game nights.

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