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Corridors of Blood (1958)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Horror  |  6 September 1962 (UK)
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Dr. Thomas Bolton fights for the use of anesthetic in surgery and uses himself as a guinea pig but soon finds himself addicted.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dr. Thomas Bolton
Betta St. John ...
Susan
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Resurrection Joe
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Supt. Charles Matheson
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Rachel
Francis De Wolff ...
Black Ben (as Francis de Wolff)
Francis Matthews ...
Jonathan Bolton
Frank Pettingell ...
Mr Blount
Basil Dignam ...
Hospital chairman
Marian Spencer ...
Mrs Matheson
Carl Bernard ...
Ned, The Crow
John Gabriel ...
Baker
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Insp. Donovan
Yvonne Romain ...
Rosa (as Yvonne Warren)
Howard Lang ...
Chief Inspector
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Storyline

In an effort to relieve the suffering of surgery patients, Dr. Thomas Bolton painstakingly develops an opium-based anesthetic, to which he gradually becomes addicted. In order to provide a continual supply of chemicals to continue his experiments and support his addiction, he falls in with a den of murderers who use his signature to sell cadavers to the local hospital. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Tops in Terror!


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6 September 1962 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Akuma no hakui  »

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£90,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Boris Karloff (Dr. Thomas Bolton) and Christopher Lee (Resurrection Joe) have three roles in common: (1) Karloff played Frankenstein's Monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Son of Frankenstein (1939) while Lee played him in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), (2) Karloff played the Mummy in The Mummy (1932) while Lee played him in The Mummy (1959) and (3) Karloff played Dr. Fu Manchu in The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) while Lee played him in The Face of Fu Manchu (1965), The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966), The Vengeance of Fu Manchu (1967), The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968) and Sax Rohmer's The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969). See more »

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The light used on Lee's entrance varies from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Mr Blount: A good day's work, Bolton! You're getting faster all the time. Beats me how you do it!
Dr. Bolton: [Bitterly] No matter how fast I still can't save them!
Mr Blount: Yes, most distresing, but, alas, inevitably you can't have operations without screams. Pain and the knife, they're inseparable!
Dr. Bolton: I beg to differ. Someday surgery must and will be made painless.
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Luverly Gin
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Music by Buxton Orr
Lyrics by Francis O'Grady
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Very good horror drama
22 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Any film that boasts Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee or both together promises a great deal. Corridors of Blood marks the first time with them in the same film and together and is a very good one. There is actually very little wrong with Corridors of Blood though the ending is overly-sentimental and the film plods slightly at the end. There is so much to like and even love. Corridors of Blood may be low-budget, but you actually can't tell because it's professional and has such atmosphere to it. The photography is beautiful and the sets give off a real sense of creepiness. The music is unobtrusive and never obvious, instead it's haunting and understated, not an amazing score but suits the film well. The dialogue is intelligent and sounds as though there was thought put into it, while the story is a good mix of gas-lit melodrama, pseudo-histrionic science and gruesome body-snatcher antics, and they're well balanced. The horror elements is more reliant on atmosphere than anything else, which is fine because the atmosphere is so well done and one of the best aspects of Corridors of Blood. The characters carry the story well, though we don't see very much of Resurrection Joe, and the direction is pitched just right. Boris Karloff is outstanding here, refined and compassionate but his presence is magnetic and his addiction and laughing gas moments make for a nice change to what we usually see from him. Christopher Lee is loathsome and creepy as he ought to, he isn't on screen for very long but his performance is still memorable. The rest of the cast are great, particularly Francis De Wolff and Finlay Currie. To conclude, very good and very effective in almost all areas. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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