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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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  (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


Additional Details

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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Roy Mehaffey was the only trained actor on set, yet had no lines in the movie.See more »
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 »
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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A movie that's not quite a movie...but see it anyhow, 6 October 2014
Author: InjunNose from Alabama

It's not just the fact that "The Body Shop", shot in 1973 and released on videocassette in the 1980s as "Doctor Gore", is badly made: it's that the film has a strangely larval quality, as though it came out of the oven too soon. (The notoriously awful "The Mummy and the Curse of the Jackals", which likewise was released to the home video market in the '80s, induces a similar sensation in the viewer.) Director J.G. "Pat" Patterson--who had worked with goremeister Herschell Gordon Lewis as an associate producer or assistant director on films like "Moonshine Mountain" and "The Gruesome Twosome", and handled the makeup effects in William Girdler's "Three on a Meathook"--takes center stage as Dr. Don Brandon, a plastic surgeon who comes unglued after the death of his young, beautiful wife. Determined to create a new woman who is physically identical to his departed Anitra, Brandon seduces and brutally murders a number of attractive ladies. Then he expertly stitches together their most desirable body parts with the help of his hunchbacked assistant Gregory (why does a plastic surgeon have a hunchbacked assistant and live in a gloomy castle?), animating the finished product with electricity. So yes, the movie is astoundingly terrible--and unintentionally funny--even by gore flick standards, but there are a couple of points of interest for horror cinema obscurists. The first is the potency of Patterson's gore effects: they're much more graphic than the ones he devised for "Three on a Meathook", sometimes jarringly so. Patterson was competent neither as a director nor as an actor, but he certainly deserves more credit as a makeup effects artist. The second is the introduction that Herschell Gordon Lewis filmed for the VHS release of "Doctor Gore", which is included among the bonus features on Something Weird's DVD edition of "The Body Shop". Lewis talks about the early days of the gore film phenomenon and (while he later admitted that he hadn't actually seen Patterson's movie when he filmed the intro) extemporaneously, but kindly, eulogizes his late partner in crime. J.G. Patterson's contemporaries remember him as a nice guy, and he suffered the nice guy's traditional fate: he was shortchanged, ripped off and died without accolades. If Lewis-style carnage is your thing, you owe it to yourself--and to Patterson's memory--to see "The Body Shop".

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