Doctor Blood’s Coffin (1961)

10 Jun 2024



Doctor Blood’s Coffin is a 1961 British horror film produced by George Fowler, and directed by Sidney J. Furie. It stars Kieron Moore, Hazel Court, and Ian Hunter. The story is that of young biochemist Dr Peter Blood (Kieron Moore), who returns to his hometown in Cornwall with the belief that he can selectively restore life by transplanting the living hearts of ‘undeserving’ people into dead people who ‘deserve’ to live. The film is significant for being one of the first two zombie films to be shot in colour, the other being the obscure 1961 American film The Dead One, and for its early portrayal of zombies as homicidal rotting cadavers. The movie was released in the UK in January 1961 and in the US in April of that year, where it was on a double bill with another British film, The Snake Woman (1961).


  • Kieron Moore as Dr. Peter Blood
  • Hazel Court as Nurse Linda Parker
  • Ian Hunter as Dr. Robert Blood, Peter’s Father
  • Kenneth J. Warren as Sergeant Cook
  • Gerald Lawson as Mr. G. F. Morton
  • Fred Johnson as Tregaye
  • Paul Hardtmuth as Professor Luckman
  • Paul Stockman as Steve Parker, Linda’s Husband / The Zombie
  • Andy Alston as George Beale, Tunnel Expert


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