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Burke & Hare (1972)

 -  Horror  -  3 February 1972 (UK)
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Two men go into business supplying medical colleges with cadavers by robbing graves.

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Marie
Yutte Stensgaard ...
Janet
Robin Hawdon ...
Lord Angus McPhee
Alan Tucker ...
Arbuthnot
Dee Shenderey ...
Mrs. Burke
Joan Carol ...
Madame Thompson
Paul Greaves ...
Ferguson
David Pugh ...
James Hayter ...
Dr. Selby
Thomas Heathcote ...
Paterson
Duncan Lamont ...
Dr. Saint
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Two men go into business supplying medical colleges with cadavers by robbing graves.

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The pimps and the prostitutes and the body-snatchers. The brothels and dens of iniquity.

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3 February 1972 (UK)  »

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Final feature film of Frederick Piper. See more »

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When "Daft Jamie" is being shown at the medical school, in the close up of his foot, his toe's move. See more »

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Version of Horror Maniacs (1948) See more »

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Lyrics by Thomas Moore
Performed by Glynn Edwards
[Tune: "The Moreen" (Irish traditional)]
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Lesser known but effective retelling of a horror classic!
6 July 2008 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

While not as well known as the likes of Dracula and Frankenstein, the tale of Burke and Hare is still undoubtedly one of horror's classics (even more so for the fact that it's based on actual events!). There has been an impressive amount of films based on this story - the classic 1945 film The Body Snatcher being the best and closely followed by The Flesh and the Fiends and The Doctor and The Devils. Horrors of Burke and Hare is a somewhat more obscure film version, and while that's not surprising considering the competition - this is still a good take on the classic story and surely deserves to be better known! The film would appear to stick to the story quite closely and doesn't bring anything new to the table that wasn't already seen in previous versions. We follow two paupers, Burke and Hare, who soon realise that there is money to be made by delivering bodies to the local doctor. It's not long, however, before they realise that there's only so many dead bodies available and later set out to make some bodies of their own...

The film is directed by British director Vernon Sewell, who previously made The Blood Beast Terror and The Curse of the Crimson alter. This film is undoubtedly better than both of those. While previous films based on this story have put their focus mainly on either the grave robbers or the doctor; this one is happier to broaden its scope and focus on not only both of these, but also things as well. This would not be a flaw if the point of the film still shone through effectively; but unfortunately this is not the case and big chunks of the story and its implications are left out. There also some confusion over exactly what style the director was going for; as the film takes on a very macabre tone at first, which works well, while at other times we are shown how much fun the lead characters are having (courtesy of an upbeat pop song!). The director does present his story very well, however, and the locations used all fit the tale very well. Unlike previous and later versions of this story, this one doesn't feature any real big stars, although all the main players are effective in their roles. Overall, if you're looking for a film based on this story; there are better ones out there, but this one is still worth seeing!


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