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 story is inspired by the infamous actions of real grave robbers Burke and Hare as well as other known incidents throughout nineteenth century England and Scotland. 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.
Version of Burke & Hare
But and ben wi' Burke and Hare
19th-century Edinburgh children's skipping rhyme
(character names substituted for the original Burke, Hare and Knox) See more