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Flesh and the Fiends (1960)

Cast: Peter Cushing, Peter Cushing, June Laverick, more...
Director: John Gilling, John Gilling
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Foreign, Crime, UK
Running Time: 94 min.
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Mania is the venerable Burke and Hare story, previously cinematized by producer Val Lewton as The Body Snatcher. Peter Cushing plays a respectable 19th-century Edinburgh doctor who needs fresh cadavers in order to continue his crucial research. Since the exhuming of bodies for medical purposes is illegal, Lee must rely upon grave-robbers George Rose and Donald Pleasance for his corpse supply. What Lee doesn't know is that Rose and Pleasance frequently cut out the middleman by "creating" their own corpses. The good doctor catches on when the latest cadaver turns out to be his own fiancee. Its excessively violent climax has prevented Mania from being shown completely intact on commercial television. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Slightly psychotronic.... by cammelltoe February 9, 2004 - 4:23 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
While the title and advertising would lead one to believe this flick is a gory thriller, THE FLESH AND THE FIENDS is actually a gothic melodrama much more concerned with atmosphere and class motivations than spurting blood or severed limbs. I was a little let down; i kept on hoping the proceedings would go screaming over the top, instead of staying so steadily on the message. Still, Peter Cushing and a young, wonderfully slimy Donald Pleasance are in top form. One of the better grave-robbing morality tales out there--- just make sure you know what you're getting.

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(Average 7.29)
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