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Corridors of Blood (1958)

Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Thriller | 4 October 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.

Director:

Robert Day

Writer:

Jean Scott Rogers (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Karloff ... Dr. Bolton
Betta St. John ... Susan
Christopher Lee ... Resurrection Joe
Finlay Currie ... Supt. Matheson
Adrienne Corri ... Rachel
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... Black Ben
Francis Matthews ... Jonathan Bolton
Frank Pettingell ... Mr. Blount
Basil Dignam ... Chairman
Marian Spencer Marian Spencer ... Mrs Matheson
Carl Bernard Carl Bernard ... Ned, The Crow
John Gabriel John Gabriel ... Dispenser
Nigel Green ... 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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Taglines:

Tops in Terror!

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Crime | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Corredores de Sangue See more »

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Budget:

GBP90,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Boris Karloff (Dr. Thomas Bolton) and Sir Christopher Lee (Resurrection Joe) have four 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), (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), and (4) Karloff played Grigori Rasputin in Suspense: The Black Prophet (1953), while Lee played him in Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966). See more »

Goofs

Although the opening credits set the movie in 1840, Dr Bolton uses a Bunsen Burner in his laboratory, not invented until 1854-5. 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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LONDON 1840

Before the discovery of Anaesthesia See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to reduce shots of Rosa being caressed by Joe and to remove a brief shot of Joe's face scarred with acid. These edits were restored in video releases though the 2006 DD Entertainment DVD features the cut cinema print. In the U.S however the film was cut differently. The 'ravishing' of Rosa was left intact but 3 cuts were made to the stabbings of Bolton and the night watchman, and the surgical cutting of a patient's leg. The U.S Criterion DVD features the U.S cinema print though the cut scenes are presented as extra features on the disc. See more »


Soundtracks

Luverly Gin
(uncredited)
Music by Buxton Orr
Lyrics by Francis O'Grady
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Fantastic little horror gem
31 August 2004 | by The_VoidSee 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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