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Doctor Blood's Coffin is a 1961 British Sci-Fi Horror film.

Dr. Peter Blood is a medical professional studying resurrective heart transplants. Kicked out for violating experimental ethics, Peter moves back home with Dad. Soon, medical supplies start vanishing, then people do. Peter's got something cooking in his lab...


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  • And I Must Scream: Peter's victims are kept alive and conscious, but immobile, via curare poisoning.
  • Big Bad: Dr. Peter Blood, a Mad Doctor who will do anything For Science!
  • The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: Peter rules a local prospector's cause of death to be heart problems, despite curare being found in his system. This is because Peter killed the man, and doesn't want the death to look suspicious.
  • Empty Shell: It turns out the dead become this when resurrected, having no minds and becoming what amount to wild animals
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  • Gory Deadly Overkill Title of Fatal Death
  • Knight Templar: Peter wants to kill anybody he seems morally worthless so he can resurrect those he respects. Thing is, he considers alcoholism a killable offence.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Averted; Peter is encouraged to specialize instead of going general, and is explicitly stated to be a biochemist.
  • Übermensch: Peter considers himself a scientific version of this, willing to go where cowards bound by the Hippocratic Oath wouldn't dare.
  • Villain Opening Scene: Peter being kicked out of Vienna for experimenting on a dying man.
  • Villain Protagonist: We follow Dr. Peter Blood, a madman willing to break any ethical code For Science!

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