Doctor Blood's Coffin

Doctor Blood's Coffin
Directed by Sidney J. Furie
Produced by George Fowler
Written by
  • James Kelly
  • Peter Miller
Based on original story and screenplay by Nathan Juran (as "Jerry Juran")
Music by Buxton Orr
Cinematography Stephen Dade
Edited by Antony Gibbs
Caralan Productions Ltd.
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • 1961 (1961) (UK)
  • 1962 (1962) (US)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Doctor Blood's Coffin is a 1961 British horror film directed by Sidney J. Furie.[1] Kieron Moore stars as a mad scientist who reanimates the dead.


Peter Blood (Kieron Moore) is a young doctor who experiments with bringing the dead back to life. His early subject is the deceased husband of Linda Parker (Hazel Court), a woman he is attracted to. Hidden in a Cornish tin mine, he conducts his ghastly experiments using curare to remove living, beating hearts from undeserving people in order to bring the deserving dead back to life.[2]



Nathan Juran wrote the script and sold it to Sidney J Furie, who had it rewritten. Furie set up the film at Caralan Productions and signed a distribution deal with United Artists. It was one of the last movies to be shot at Nettleford Film Studios.[3]

The Cornish locations included the town of Zennor and the Carn Galver tin mine near St Just.


Writing in The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia, academic Peter Dendle identified the film as having one of the first representations of a modern zombie: undead, decaying, and violent.[4] Glenn Kay, who wrote Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide, criticized the slow pacing and lack of zombie action. He concluded, "It's all pretty lame stuff."[5]


Doctor Blood's Coffin was released to DVD by MGM Home Video on 18 October 2011 via MGM's Limited Edition Collection DVD-on-demand service as a Region 1 widescreen DVD.


  1. Stinson, Charles. 'Dr. Blood's Coffin' Could Well Be Buried. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 29 Apr 1961: 14.
  2. Russell, Jamie (2005). Book of the dead: the complete history of zombie cinema. FAB. p. 56. ISBN 978-1-903254-33-2.
  3. John Hamilton, The British Independent Horror Film 1951-70 Hemlock Books 2013 p 111-115
  4. Dendle, Peter (2001). The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia. McFarland & Company. p. 59. ISBN 978-0-7864-9288-6.
  5. Kay, Glenn (2008). Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide. Chicago Review Press. pp. 38–39. ISBN 978-1-55652-770-8.

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