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The Flesh and the Fiends

(The Flesh and the Fiends)


Edinburgh, 1827. Irish immigrants Burke and Hare hit upon the idea of selling the bodies of the recently deceased to eminent surgeon Dr. Robert Knox. Dr. Knox, knowing that experimental vivisection is the only way for medicine to make progress, forms an uneasy alliance with the self-styled body snatchers. When Burke and Hares' supply of available corpses begins to run out, they decide to speed the process along by murdering the poor and the homeless. Men and women, old and young, everyone becomes a target for the deadly duo, but even as the body count rises, Knox turns a blind eye to their methods in order to further his research. But after one of his own medical students is murdered, Knox finds it difficult to remain impassive. With the public out for the killers' blood and the Medical Council out to disgrace him, Dr. Knox must use all of his skill and intelligence to preserve the dignity of his profession and to justify his controversial actions in the face of near-universal condemnation...

A movie directed by John Gilling

1960 - 97 minutes - Black & White - Mono - 2.35

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Main Cast

  • Dr. Robert Knox
  • Martha Knox
  • William Hare
  • William Burke
  • Helen Burke
  • Dr. Geoffrey Mitchell
  • Mary Patterson
  • Chris Jackson
  • Daft Jamie
  • Maggie O'Hara
  • Inspector McCulloch
  • Dr. Elliott
  • Dr. Ferguson
  • Dr. Andrews
  • Aggie



Also Known As

  • Psycho Killers (inc)
  • The Fiendish Ghouls (inc)
  • Mania (us)

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