The Pirates of Blood River

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]

The Pirates of Blood River
UK quad poster
Directed byJohn Gilling
Produced byMichael Carreras
Written byJimmy Sangster
StarringChristopher Lee
Kerwin Mathews
Glenn Corbett
Oliver Reed
Music byGary Hughes
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
31 July 1962 (United Kingdom)
August 1962 (United States)
Running time
87 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom


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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