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Corridors of Blood (1958)

Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Thriller | 6 September 1962 (UK)
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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Dr. Bolton
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Susan
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Resurrection Joe
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Supt. Matheson
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Rachel
Francis De Wolff ...
Black Ben (as Francis de Wolff in closing credits)
Francis Matthews ...
Jonathan Bolton
Frank Pettingell ...
Mr. Blount
Basil Dignam ...
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Marian Spencer ...
Mrs Matheson
Carl Bernard ...
Ned, The Crow
John Gabriel ...
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Insp. Donovan
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Rosa (as Yvonne Warren)
Howard Lang ...
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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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Akuma no hakui  »

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£90,000 (estimated)
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The working title was "Doctor of the Seven Dials", but MGM objected. They thought that foreign audiences would not be familiar with that area of London. See more »

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During the opening amputation scene the screaming patient reveals modern cavity fillings in the back teeth of his upper jaw. See more »

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Dr. Bolton: [In the Seven Dials] This place must breed a hundred fevers!
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Opening credits prologue: LONDON 1840

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Featured in Son of Svengoolie: Corridors of Blood (1958) (1981) See more »

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Fantastic little horror gem
31 August 2004 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Any film featuring both Christopher Lee and Boris Karloff is an instant must-see for any horror fan. Alone, either one of these can carry a film; but together they make a force to be reckoned with indeed!

Karloff stars as the central character; a doctor who, through trying to find a way to separate pain from the knife (create an anaesthetic), becomes addicted to the chemicals he is working with. The character that Karloff portrays here is a world away from his most famous role; that of Frankenstein's Monster, but Karloff has proved time and time again throughout his illustrious career that he can handle all sorts of different roles, and he handles this one brilliantly. Karloff draws you into his character and really makes you believe that his ultimate, and only goal is to create something to ease the pain of his patients. When his character takes a more sinister turn after becoming addicted to his chemicals, Karloff impresses more. The way his eyes look and the atmosphere of weakness that he portrays is fantastic and just by looking at the man you can tell that he is extremely unwell. Karloff is one of horror's finest assets, and he more than proves himself with his role here. Of course, he doesn't need to prove anything to anybody; it's well known that he is one of the masters of the genre. As mentioned, starring alongside Karloff is another horror master; Christopher Lee. Lee doesn't have a great deal of screentime in the movie; but, as Lee would go on to show time and time again in his later career; with just his presence, Lee can create a foreboding atmosphere about his character that is unmatched by almost every other actor out there.

The film isn't so much a horror as a thriller charting a man's decent into addiction, but the movie still features a lot of horror moments; most notably the screams of the patients on the operating table and every scene with Christopher Lee in it. Director Robert Day manages to create a foreboding atmosphere that firmly places the viewer in 1860's London. I didn't doubt it for a second, and that is very admirable; especially when the budget is considered. Corridors of Blood isn't a very well distributed film, and that is a shame as there is much to enjoy about it. However, if you do ever get the chance to see it; be sure to take it. You'll be glad you did.


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