Movie Diary 8/21/2109

Corridors of Blood (Robert Day, 1958). A British-made Karloff picture, with a bare minimum of actual horror but lots of well-tuned period atmosphere. It mixes together some grave-robbing business with Karloff’s Jekyll-like attempts to brew up anesthesia. (He gets high on his own supply, to the point of losing his skills as a surgeon.) Boris throws his usual commitment to the show, and the supporting cast is full of good folks: Adrienne Corri, Christopher Lee, Finlay Currie, Francis Matthews. Director Day gets some handsome shots, especially in the tavern where Lee skulks around in a stovepipe hat, waiting to hurry off with a fresh corpse. Day also directed The Green Man, and later went to Hollywood, made a lot of TV, married Dorothy Provine, and died on Bainbridge Island in 2017.