The Pirates of Blood River

The Pirates of Blood River

UK quad poster
Directed by John Gilling
Produced by Michael Carreras
Written by Jimmy Sangster
Starring Christopher Lee
Kerwin Mathews
Glenn Corbett
Oliver Reed
Music by Gary Hughes
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
July 31, 1962 (United Kingdom)
August 1962 (United States)
Running time
87 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Pirates of Blood River is a 1962 British action film directed by John Gilling and starring Kerwin Mathews, Glenn Corbett, Christopher Lee and Oliver Reed.[1]


While in a penal colony, Huguenot Jonathan Standish (Kerwin Mathews) is captured by pirates led by Capt. LaRoche (Christopher Lee) who force him to lead them back to his home village to retrieve a treasure supposedly hidden there.



The film was issued on a double bill with Mysterious Island - which was Britain's biggest grossing double bill of the year.[2]


  1. "The Pirates of Blood River". BFI.
  2. Marcus Hearn, The Hammer Vault, Titan Books, 2011 p55
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