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The Doctor and the Devils (1985)

 -  Horror | Drama  -  4 October 1985 (USA)
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Grave robbers supply a doctor with bodies to test on.

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Grave robbers supply a doctor with bodies to test on.

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A doktor és az ördögök  »

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At 32 years, this holds the world record for the longest delay between the completion of the script and the making of the movie. 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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Version of El quinto jinete: El ladrón de cadáveres (1975) See more »

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TAINTED HANDS
Written and Performed by In Tua Nua
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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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