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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
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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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