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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Doctor Blood's Coffin (1961)

Doctor Blood's Coffin [DBC] is a modern take on the Frankenstein story with less than spectacular results.  Kieron Moore [The Day of the Triffids] is Dr. Peter Blood, our mad scientist who is secretly experimenting with reviving the dead in a remote Cornish town.  He is a decent actor with good screen presence but they really don't give him anything juicy to work with.  I kept waiting for something exciting to happen and it never really occurred.
Instead of Igor or Fritz, we have femme fatale Hazel Court [The Masque of the Red Death, The Curse of Frankenstein] who is Dr. Blood's nurse assistant.  She is clueless as to what the good doctor is doing after his office hours are over.  She also finds him strangely attractive.  Court is wonderful as Nurse Linda Parker.  She is dressed to the nines no matter what the occasion.  Her hair and make-up are flawless wether she is serving tea or crawling through the tin mines.  My kind of girl!  Hitchcock would have loved her.
The problem with DBC is that while the cinematography and acting are quite good, the script doesn't bring anything new or interesting to the table.  We've seen it and heard it a thousand times before.  This is the inherent danger in working with the Frankenstein story.  You have to really bring it if you're going to be successful.  DBC barely gets above a low simmer, let alone give us something exciting to watch on screen.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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