Rent The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)

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1h 23min
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Synopsis:
Doctor and amateur sculptor Georges Bonnet (Anton Difiring) has discovered a murderous method of maintaining his youth; once every ten years he murders a young woman and removes her parathyroid glands to replace his own. But after 104 years, he's run into some problems. His collaborator is now too old to perform the surgical procedure, and a detective is on his case. In desperation Bonnet blackmails another surgeon (Christopher Lee) into performing the procedure by threatening the life of Janine Dubois (Hazel Court), a woman who both men desire.
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Directors:
Producers:
Michael Carreras
Writers:
Jimmy Sangster, Barré Lyndon
Studio:
Eureka
Genres:
Classics, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Collections:
A Brief History of Hammer Horror, A Brief History of Film..., Top 10 Films By Year, Top 10 Films of 1959
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/09/2015
Run Time:
83 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Exclusive new video interviews with critic and novelist Kim Newman and author and historian Jonathan Rigby
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/09/2015
Run Time:
83 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Stereo
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Exclusive new video interviews with critic and novelist Kim Newman and author and historian Jonathan Rigby

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Overlooked Hammer - The Man Who Could Cheat Death review by sb

Spoiler Alert
17/04/2024

FILM & REVIEW An oft-overlooked entry in the Hammer canon which is a shame as it’s rather good. Paris 1890 and Diffring plays Dr Bonnet a celebrated surgeon and sculptor who hides a dark secret. He is awaiting the arrival of Dr Weiss but who is a few weeks late - in the meantime he meets fellow surgeon Gerrard (Lee) and his girlfriend Janine (Court) the latter who had modelled for him and had fallen in love. The reason he needs Dr Weiss is to perform an operation on him and it’s revealed that although Wiess is a very old man Bonnet is even older - as students they realised that by replacing a gland every 10 years the patient never ages and is immortal . Wiess has had a stroke so Gerrad is persuaded to take over with misgivings. Obviously the gland can only come from a live person so every 10 years Bonnet vanishes along with whoever was his then model…. It’s a very literary script with nods to Dorian Gray and although Diffring was a last minute replacement for Cushing who pulled out having done 4 films back to back but is very good - a monster but a very charming one and Lee and Court are equally good - so 4/5

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