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The Flesh and the Fiends (1960)

In 1828 Scotland, Edinburgh surgeon Dr. Knox does medical research on cadavers he buys from murderers Burke and Hare, without questioning the unethical procurement methods.

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June Laverick ...
Martha Knox
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George Rose ...
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Helen Burke
Dermot Walsh ...
Dr. Geoffrey Mitchell
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John Cairney ...
Chris Jackson
Melvyn Hayes ...
June Powell ...
Maggie O'Hara
Andrew Faulds ...
Inspector McCulloch
Philip Leaver ...
Dr. Elliott
George Woodbridge ...
Dr. Ferguson
Garard Green ...
Dr. Andrews
Esma Cannon ...
Aggie
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Edinburgh surgeon Dr. Robert Knox requires cadavers for his research into the functioning of the human body; local ne'er-do-wells Burke and Hare find ways to provide him with fresh specimens... Written by Mark Doran <za13@dial.pipex.com>

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Coffins Looted! Cadavers Dissected!

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4 November 1960 (West Germany)  »

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Mania  »

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This film is an adaptation of the story of real-life killers William Burke and William Hare who, around 1827 in Edinburgh, Scotland, did provide more than a dozen "fresh" corpses to the anatomist Dr. Knox. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Geoffrey Mitchell: We are students of Hippocrates, but some of us are hypocrites.
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The Dyaliscope logo in the main titles misspells the widescreen process as "Dylascope". See more »

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Follows The Body Snatcher (1945) See more »

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Underrated creepy and atmospheric historical thriller.
25 November 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

I'll leave it up to others to debate whether 'Mania' (a.k.a. 'The Flesh and the Fiends') is technically a horror movie. While dealing with horrific events, and told in a fashion with plenty of creepy moments, I would still say it isn't horror myself. Whatever you classify it as it is a seriously underrated thriller with strong performances from an above average cast. Director John Gilling went on to make the Hammer classic 'The Plague Of Zombies' later in the 1960s, and stars Peter Cushing ('Twins Of Evil') and Donald Pleasence ('Halloween') both made a strong impact on the horror genre, so fans will be interested to see this for those reasons alone. Cushing is excellent as the stubborn and driven Dr. Knox who needs a steady supply of corpses to dissect, and Pleasence plays the slimy William Hare, who along with his equally creepy colleague William Burke (George Rose), gleefully fills that need. The only problem is that Burke and Hare have no qualms about where the corpses come from, or whether they need a little "help" along the way. Burke and Hare were real body snatchers, but I have no idea just how historically accurate the events depicted in this movie are. But it certainly is entertaining and worth watching for the terrific performances by Cushing, Pleasence and Rose, and also for Billie Whitelaw ('The Omen') who has a small but important supporting role as the love interest for one of Dr. Knox's medical students (John Cairney - 'Jason And The Argonauts').


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