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The Doctor and the Devils (1985)

Grave robbers supply a doctor with bodies to test on.

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Jennie Bailey
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Dr. Murray
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Elizabeth Rock
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Dr. Thornton
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Mrs. Flynn
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O'Connor
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Prof. Macklin
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Annabella Rock
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Andrew Merry-Lees
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Praying Howard
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In the Nineteenth Century, the renowned professor of anatomy Dr. Thomas Rock gives classes to neophyte medicine students in the local university. Dr. Rock uses his assistant Dr. Murray to buy corpses for his experiments from body snatchers paying a little fortune for the cadavers. When the alcoholic scum Robert Fallon and Timothy Broom overhear the conversation of grave-robbers about Dr. Rock, they decide to supply fresher corpses that worth more to the doctor, killing the poor inhabitants. Dr. Murray has unrequited feelings for the cockney whore Jennie Bailey that usually hangs around with the also prostitute Alice. When Dr. Murray discovers that Fallon has just sold the corpse of Alice, he seeks out the worthless Fallon and Broom to stop them from murdering Jennie. Will he arrive in time o save Jennie? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Horror | Drama

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4 October 1985 (USA)  »

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O Médico e os Monstros  »

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Trivia

Dylan Thomas's screenplay was written in the 1940s, but plans to film it then fell through. His screenplay was published shortly after his death in 1953. The script attracted the attention of director Nicholas Ray in the mid-60s, although it was elaborately rewritten to transfer the action from Scotland to Vienna. Ray announced that he would make the film in Belgrade with Maximilian Schell and Susannah York, but the production was abandoned before shooting began. The project lay fallow for another twenty years. See more »

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Doctor Thomas Rock: I don't need any friends, I prefer enemies. They're better company and their feelings towards you are always genuine.
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Referenced in Doctor Ray and the Devils (2012) See more »

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WHISPER AND I SHALL HEAR
Sung by Twiggy
Music by M. Piccolomini
Words by C. Hubi Newcombe
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"My name is a ghost to frightened children..."
23 May 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Another version of the Burke & Hare grave robber story. On the surface, this one has quite a few interesting things going for it. For starters, the script was based on one originally written in the 1940s by poet Dylan Thomas. That alone would be worth checking any movie out. Then we have, of all people, Mel Brooks producing it even though it's not a comedy at all. Freddie Francis, famed cinematographer and Hammer director, directs this and gives it that sort of throwback Hammer style. That's the film's strongest asset, by the way. To top it all off, there's a nice cast with Timothy Dalton, Jonathan Pryce, Stephen Rea, Julian Sands, and...um, Twiggy.

So, with all of this, why doesn't the movie work better? Well, the main problem is that it's all so drearily serious to the point of being dull. No excitement, no humor, no suspense. It's definitely not a horror movie, either, in case you were led to believe otherwise. Yes the attention to detail and getting the period right is to be acknowledged but it just reminds me why 'realism' is a double-edged sword in films. This looks realistic to the point of being depressing. I won't say you shouldn't see it because it's intriguing enough to warrant a look. But keep expectations low. If you're really jonesing for a grave robber movie, I would suggest you see the Val Lewton/Robert Wise classic The Body Snatcher starring Boris Karloff instead.


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