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Dr Blood’s Coffin (1961): Soundtrack

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Dr Blood's Coffin (1961): Soundtrack

Dr Blood’s Coffin is a 1960s horror film that was directed by Sidney J. Furie.

The soundtrack and musical score was created by Scottish-born composer Buxton Orr.

Born in 1924 in Glasgow, Buxton Orr, rather appropriately for this film, had trained as a doctor in his past, and had also spent time working as a teacher. Eventually he gave up medicine to devote his time to music, and during the late 1950ss Buxton Orr started to compose music for horror-films that included Fiend Without a Face (1958) and Corridors of Blood (1958).

The soundtrack for Dr Blood’s Coffin is a complex and sometimes bombastic score, that features plenty of soaring string instruments and crashing drums. The fear and tension mostly comes from the sharp, bold sounds, as opposed to any slow building tension.

Although written by Buxton Orr, the actual soundtrack was conducted by British composer and musical director on Dr Blood’s Coffin, Philip Martell.

This soundtrack remains unreleased, but you can check out highlights from it below.

Listen to highlights from Dr Bloods Coffin soundtrack:

Buxton Orr continued with music, and went on to score more soundtracks for film and TV, as well as other original pieces, until his death in 1997.

If you are interested in find out more about this movie and listening to the soundtrack in the final film, then you can watch Dr Bloods Coffin in full over at The Zombie Site.

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