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Welcome to the BODY SHOP! See more »
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Emminent plastic surgeon and mad scientist Don Brandon loses his wife Anitra - pinup model and social butterfly - in a tragic accident... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
J.G. Patterson Jr. ... Dr. Brandon (as Don Brandon)
Jenny Driggers ... Anitra
Roy Mehaffey ... Greg
Linda Faile ... Girl in the Trunk
Jan Benfield ... Pam
Jeannine Aber ... Ellen
Candy Furr ... Secretary
Vickie O'Neal ... Company Corpse
Jerry Kearns ... Old Man in Truck
Ken Sigmon ... Max (Truck Driver)
Linda Lindsey ... Scrubwoman
Bill Nevins ... Bartender
Joe B. Lamb ... Himself
Chris Allen ... Guard
Howard Stewart ... Harry
Reggie Belk ... Jack
Vince Carmen
Judy Calloway
Harry M. Joyner (as Harry Joyner)
Bill Hicks ... Himself
Nita Patterson ... Rosemary
Jack Hamett ... Preacher
Bill Simpson ... Sheriff
David Graig ... Radio Announcer (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Hicks and the Rainbows ... Themselves

Directed by
J.G. Patterson Jr. 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
J.G. Patterson Jr.  writer

Produced by
J.G. Patterson Jr. .... producer
 
Original Music by
William Girdler 
 
Cinematography by
W. Martin Hill (director of photography)
Harry M. Joyner 
 
Film Editing by
Harry M. Joyner 
 
Makeup Department
J.G. Patterson Jr. .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan J. Adler .... assistant director
Nita Patterson .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
William Girdler .... sound
Jerry Whittington .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
William Girdler .... special effects
J.G. Patterson Jr. .... special effects
 
Editorial Department
Jerry Whittington .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jerry Whittington .... music editor
 
Other crew
Nita Patterson .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Body Shop" - USA (video box title)
"Doctor Gore" - USA (alternative title)
"Dr. Gore" - USA (informal alternative title)
"Shrieks in the Night" - USA (video title)
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75 min
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The script actually contains pages saying a scene was to be improvised with absolutely no other direction.See more »
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Crew or equipment visible: Near the end of the film, the slate is visible in one shot, indicating that the number of takes filmed for that scene were insufficient and the filmmakers were forced to use the slate shot to pad out the dialogue. If you look close enough, you can see that the working title of the film was "Anitra".See more »
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Dr. Don Brandon:Hands on a woman are more...most important. It's the delicate feminine hand that brings out the true femininity.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Don't be fooled!, 16 March 2003
Author: Howard Sauertieg from Harrisburg, PA

A couple of clarifying comments are in order. Herschell Gordon Lewis contributed a brief introduction to the video release of DOCTOR GORE (aka THE BODY SHOP), wherein he touched upon his collaborative efforts with J.G. "Pat" Patterson, director and star of DOCTOR GORE. Patterson concocted the "gore effects" for THE GRUESOME TWOSOME and a few other Lewis movies in the late 60s. Lewis remarks that whereas 2,000 MANIACS was a "five gallon" film (referring to the amount of stage blood required), the Lewis-Patterson productions were "fifteen gallon" pictures. Lewis does not describe DOCTOR GORE as a "fifteen gallon" film -- he's only talking about the films he & Patterson made together. Lewis has confessed (elsewhere) that his introduction to DOCTOR GORE was improvised before he'd even seen Patterson's film! So take it with a grain of salt.

This may be an "unfinished" film, but like some unfinished novels it does have an "ending." It's just missing some connective tissue.

Patterson has definite stage presence & a dry sense of humor, helping to make this simplistic show somewhat more watchable than it should be. There's an extremely bare-bones plot -- even BLOOD FEAST is more complex -- and a gratingly repetitive musical score by William Girdler. A bit of nudity & lots of skin. The entire middle section of the film involves the construction of a "perfect woman;" this is concentrated gore for the bloodthirsty, and laughable.

Patterson the director is in way over his head, but he tries hard to tell his story creatively, if it's possible to use Frankenstein clichés creatively. But the best reason to see this film (on Something Weird's DVD, if possible) is that it features a perfect Nashville weeper, Bill Hicks' "A Heart Dies Every Minute." Ain't it the truth!

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