Thursday, July 3, 2008

Corridors of Blood

Corridors of Blood (1958)

Ranking: Yeah
Trashiness: N/A

About a friendly old doctor (Boris Karloff) who wants to invent anesthetics because he doesn't like amputating peoples limbs without. Instead, he ends up getting addicted to morphine and blackmailed into signing fake death certificates.

This was not at all what I expected. Corridors of Blood sounds like something out of The Shining. Corridors of Opium would have been more to the point, and no less intriguing. Mr. Green kept asking where the Corridors of Blood were at. I told him to hang in there. He didn't. His loss.

The movie was actually not bad - I mean, I felt like I was tricked into watching it, but that's okay. It was fairly engaging. Karloff gives a pretty good performance, kind of the exact opposite of his role in The Body Snatcher (Christopher Lee kind of takes over the role of the resurrection man. Resurrection Joe. I wish my name was Resurrection Joe. Maybe I'll start a band with that name - it sounds kind of metal, but really we'd be some kind of Victorian Nostalgia Band).

There's something nifty about seeing Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee together (I kinda want to see Curse of the Crimson Altar). In fact, Christopher Lee kills Boris Karloff in this movie, I think (spoilers). How appropriate.

I didn't particularly care for the 'young lovers' subplot. Specially coz they were cousins and all. Well, I guess that's not terribly weird. Frig, I'm from Nova Scotia, it's not weird at all. In fact, it's expected.

I shouldn't disrespect N.S., but dammit, I grew up here. I haver a right to talk trash about my home province. Besides, it's fun and easy.

Right, whatever, where was I? Yeah. This movie was sort of interesting. I kind of enjoyed it. You know, as long as you're not expecting literal Corridors of Blood. There were metaphorical Corridors of Blood. Corridors of the Mind of Blood (which would be the worst title for a film ever).


Directed by: Robert Day. Written by: Jean Scott Rogers. Starring: Boris Karloff, Francis De Wolff, Adrienne Corri, Christopher Lee, Betta St. John, Francis Matthews, Finlay Curran, Yvonne Warren

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