My Old Addiction

Corridors Of Blood


(out of 5)

The presence of  and a title with so little subtlety will make you think you’re in a for a gorefest, but this is a surprisingly respectable and sturdy drama about early medical technology. Karloff plays a surgeon who is determined to find a way to make the experience of the operating table painless for his patients. Cooking up various chemicals in his laboratory, he creates a solution that renders one senseless but it has a dramatic side effect: the ether-like potion is highly addictive, and Karloff has a tendency after taking it to roam the streets at night and end up in the tavern frequented by grave robbers, who take advantage of his legal powers as a medical practitioner in mid-nineteenth century London. A young  plays the Dickensian villain who manipulates our hapless hero, who by day is still trying to make his breakthrough viable among the snooty doctors in the operating theatre gallery, while at night is signing certificates of natural deaths for men that Lee and his merry men have murdered. A few graphic scenes compliment the strong direction for a satisfying, if completely unremarkable, drama, one that is most shocking for not turning into the sort of Jekyll and Hyde madness you are constantly expecting.

Amalgamated Productions, Producers Associates

United Kingdom, 1958

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