Doctor Blood’s Coffin (1961)

UK, 1960
35mm film, Eastmancolor (black and white in the US), 1.37:1
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Sidney J. Furie.

Plot Summary

Biochemist Peter Blood moves in with his father in the village of Porthcarron, Cornwall. While wooing his doctor father's nurse, he begins some strange in an abandoned tin mine, using curare on some of the locals as part of his heart transplant research.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Sidney J. Furie
© MCMLXI [] Caralan Productions
A Caralan production
Executive Producer: David E. Rose *
Produced by: George Fowler
Original Story and Screenplay by: Jerry Juran
Adaptation by: James Kelly and Peter Miller
Director of Photography: Stephen Dade
Editor: Antony Gibbs
[Music] Composed by: Buxton Orr
Sound Mixer: William Salter
Wardrobe: Dulcie Midwinter
Make Up: Freddie Williamson
Hairdresser: Helen Penfold
Special Effects: Leslie Bowie
Art Director: Scott MacGregor
Locations: Cornwall, England, UK *
Studio: Walton Studios, London, England, UK *

Kieron Moore (Peter Blood)
Hazel Court (Linda Parker)
Ian Hunter (Doctor Robert Blood)
Kenneth J. Warren (Sergeant Cook)
Gerald C. Lawson (Mr Morton)
Fred Johnson (Tregaye)
Paul Hardtmuth (Professor)
Paul Stockman (Steve Parker)
Andy Alston (George Beale)
John Romane [Hanson] *

Alternative Titles

La bara del dottor sangue – Italy
Dr. Blood's Coffin
Face of Evil
– early title



  • Castle of Frankenstein 1967 Annual p.40
  • The Daily Cinema no.8413 (27 January 1961) p.8 – review
  • The Dark Side September 1995 p.16 – review
  • Kine Weekly vol.517 no.2752 (30 June 1960) p.15 – illustrated note (Production by Bill Edwards)
  • Kine Weekly vol.518 no.2753 (7 July 1960) p.16 – note (Production by Graham Clarke)
  • Kine Weekly no.2782 (26 January 1961) p.37 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.28 no.326 (March 1961) p.35 – credits, synopsis, review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.130
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.6, 103-04, 103, 105
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.109
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.107 – credits, review
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.43-44 – credits, review
  • The Illustrated Werewolf Movie Guide by Stephen Jones p.63 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.105 – credits
  • The Shrieking Sixties edited by Darrell Buxton pp.15-16
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.155-156
  • Trashfiend: Disposable Horror Fare of the 1960s & 1970s Volume One by Scott Stine pp.13-15 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.79
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.207-209 – illustrated review (by Perry Thomas)
  • X-Cert: The British Independent Horror Film: 1951-1970 by John Hamilton pp.111-115; 228
  • The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia by Peter Dendle p.59