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Halloween Horror Countdown 2009 Day 4 October 5, 2009

Posted by vorpalkeith in Film Thing.
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The Flesh and the Fiends
1960
Directed by John Gilling

The film opens with the disclaimer that it would make no apologies for the dead, because all the events were true. It’s hard to argue with that, as the acts performed were pretty despicable.

It covers the story of real life serial murderers Burke and Hare. Burke and Hare are a group of “resurrectionists”; essentially grave robbers who sell cadavers for medical study. When their supplies of fresh bodies ran low, they started killing people for fresh bodies.

Peter Cushing plays Doctor Robert Knox, the doctor whom they are selling the bodies to. Have I mentioned how much I like Peter Cushing?

Something interesting to note about this: there are currently two seperate projects in development about Burke and Hare, a graphic novel and an upcoming feature film in which Simon Pegg is set to star.

I give it two spooky pumpkins out of five.

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1. Eric - October 6, 2009

This sounds a little like I Sell the Dead minus the supernatural aspects of I Sell the Dead. That movie had actual zombies and vampires in it.


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