The Flesh and the Fiends
Directed by John Gilling
Horror audiences have long been fascinated by the tale of Robert Knox, a Scottish doctor who in 1828 became notorious for his complicity in a series of murders committed by grave robbers Burke and Hare, who received cash in exchange for fresh cadavers. John Gilling’s exceptionally eerie 1960 retelling stars Peter Cushing, who had just become a horror star thanks to Hammer’s FRANKENSTEIN, DRACULA and MUMMY films, and HALLOWEEN’s Donald Pleasence.
A Scottish doctor doesn’t ask questions when two killers begin bringing him suspiciously fresh cadavers.
Cast: Peter Cushing, June Laverick, Donald Pleasence
Excellent film!! It has it all, brilliant acting, storyline, the old scottish accents, small town grit. And of course the mob ready to settle the score. One big surprise was the bar scenes. I mean they really get wild and crazy in there. Classic!!
Peter Cushing never disappoints.
Thoroughly enjoyed this movie. A classic that until now I'd not heard of. Was rather surprised by the nudity from a 1959 movie :)
if it weren't in black and white with the occasional bad edit and shoddy sound I wouldn't have thought this was made in the 60's. The story is well put together, all the characters excellently played and some of the scenes must have been genuinely shocking to an audience of the time, they were not screwing around with this flick. a must watch
First time seeing it and I thought it was great. Can't wait to watch it again