The Flesh and the Fiends

1959, Crime/Horror, 1h 27m

3 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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Dr. Knox (Peter Cushing) is an Edinburgh-based doctor of anatomy whose ideas about research on deceased human bodies are in direct conflict with a law that limits the study of cadavers to criminals who have been executed. With these legal cadavers in short supply, a pair of lower-class greedy grave robbers, William Burke (George Rose) and William Hare (Donald Pleasence), appease the doctor's needs by presenting him with illegal bodies they have exhumed. The pair soon escalate to murder.

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  • Sep 05, 2010
    This is a pretty good attempt at a "body snatcher" flick, but it could be a lot better. Cushing plays a creepy looking guy, but that's not enough for a good horror movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2010
    Enjoyable little romp, though the fact that it's based on a true story makes it all the more interesting. It's sort of a cross between Frankenstein and Sweeny Todd. Now I have to check out the John Landis version (Burke and Hare) which stars Simon Pegg & Andy Serkis in the title roles and has Tim Curry as the infamous doctor! That coud be fun!
    Robert C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2009
    "Coffins Looted! Cadavers Dissected!" Nice bit of macabre horror from England's Shepperton Studios. (Based on the real life exploits of William Burke, William Hare and Dr. Robert Knox.)
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