Doctor Blood’s Coffin (1962) (23/47)


This 1961 British horror film is one of the first two zombie movies to be shot in colour, the other one being the obscure 1961 US movie The Dead One. It is also noted for its early portrayal of zombies being homicidal rotting cadavers. Directed by Sidney J. Furie and produced by George Fowler, the film stars Kieron Moore, Hazel Court, and Ian Hunter. Its budget was £25,000.


Doctor Blood’s Coffin was one of the last movies to be shot at Nettlefold Film Studios in Walton-on-Thames (Surrey), with the Cornish locations in the film being the town of Zennor, which was used as the fictional village of Porthcarron, and the Carn Galver tin mine near St Just.


After being thrown out of medical school for ethical violations, Dr. Peter Blood (Kieron Moore) returns home to a small Cornish village, where he sets up a research laboratory in a secluded cave. There, he attempts to revive the dead, using kidnapped humans — who he views as unworthy of life — for their body parts. Specifically, their hearts. Dr. Blood eventually succeeds, but his progress is threatened when Linda Parker (Hazel Court), his ill father’s nurse, discovers his ghastly crimes.

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