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
Did You Know?
The Burke and Hare Murders that this film are based on are based on fact and were a true story. The Burke and Hare (William Burke and William Hare) characters in this movie are known instead as Robert Fallon and Timothy Broom. The legendary Burke and Hare Murders are also known as the West Port Murders. The total number of deaths amounted to seventeen. See more
The song Jennie sings in the tavern ("Whisper and I Shall Hear") was not written until 1891, while the Burke and Hare murders on which the film is based took place in 1828. See more
Doctor Thomas Rock
I set myself up as a God over death.
WHISPER AND I SHALL HEAR
Sung by Twiggy
Music by M. Piccolomini
Words by Georgeanne Hubi-Newcombe (as C. Hubi Newcombe) See more