The Body Snatcher (1945)
Average Rating: 6.8/10
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Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi were given top billing in the Val Lewton-produced The Body Snatcher, but the film's protagonist is played by Henry Daniell. A brilliant 18th century London surgeon, Daniell can only make his humanitarian medical advances by experimenting on cadavers, which is strictly illegal. Karloff plays a Uriah Heep-type cabman who is secretly a grave robber, providing corpses for Daniell's research. The low-born Karloff enjoys blackmailing the aristocratic Daniell into silence;
Jan 1, 1945 Wide
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Settings are inexpensive but sufficient for the needs. Production values, in general, however, aid materially in making this picture a winner.
One of the lesser products of Val Lewton's years as the head of RKO's horror-film unit.
A strong, well above-average effort in almost every way, there's no evidence at all that Lewton's first brush with money and success dulled his instincts.
Researchers and healers are closer to the subjects on the autopsy slab than to their living patients in this acerbic chimera of shadow and sacrifice
there's a fascination with the ultimate futility of ever being something beyond opportunistic and solipsistic.
The first and best of the three Val Lewton-Boris Karloff collaborations for RKO.
This is the most elegant and leisurely of the Val Lewton horror films, up until the whopper of an ending.
It is certainly far more accomplished and evocative than some critics have suggested.
Wildly overrated, but elegantly produced horror film
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