The Body Snatcher Reviews

April 17, 2019
As much as it's a movie about grisly killings, The Body Snatcher is also a movie about class.
March 30, 2019
Karloff's nothing short of commanding in an unexpectedly complex role.
October 28, 2012
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.
May 19, 2010
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
October 22, 2009
there's a fascination with the ultimate futility of ever being something beyond opportunistic and solipsistic.
July 25, 2008
Too stuck on being literate to be a great movie ... .
November 14, 2007
The first and best of the three Val Lewton-Boris Karloff collaborations for RKO.
November 14, 2007
Settings are inexpensive but sufficient for the needs. Production values, in general, however, aid materially in making this picture a winner.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
The film accelerates to great effect towards the end.
March 25, 2006
Even though this film is taken from a modest stage play of a few seasons back, its humors are as stale and mechanical as those of the oldest such farce.
September 18, 2005
This is the most elegant and leisurely of the Val Lewton horror films, up until the whopper of an ending.
July 15, 2005
March 30, 2005
May 24, 2003
It is certainly far more accomplished and evocative than some critics have suggested.
February 21, 2003
February 4, 2003
August 21, 2002
Wildly overrated, but elegantly produced horror film
January 1, 2000
One of the lesser products of Val Lewton's years as the head of RKO's horror-film unit.