Meet Burke and Hare...They go by many names....Grave robbers, body snatchers, resurrectionists, stack 'em up men, murderers. In this darkly comic chiller, a surgeon employs two students to steal corpses to use for his experiments. Unfortunately the students aren't very good at pilfering cadavers and instead resort to murder.
Watchable film with the great Alistair Sim
- The Anatomist review by PV
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You rated this film: 3
The worst thing about this film is LOW volume of the dialogue (even at max volume I struggled to hear it - and there are NO subtitles either!)
However, this is a curiosity piece, and yes it is old-fashioned, BUT it stars Alistair Sim and his protégé George Cole, who shone in the BEST ever filmed version of SCROOGE in the same decade. One wonders if this was billed as a 'horror' at the time (1956)? No anatomy scenes in it, though some of the accents are screechingly horrific, for sure...
Burke and Hare are suitably sinister, though when they leave the movie it drags towards the end. Some Victorian melodrama here too, especially from the weaker women actors.
But ANYTHING with Alistair Sim in is worth a watch so 3 stars.