The Flesh and The Fiends (1959 film)

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The Flesh and The Fiends (1959 film) AKA Mania, The Fiendish Ghouls, Psycho Killers

Summary

"Coffins looted! Cadavers dissected!" In 1828 Scotland, Edinburgh surgeon Dr. Knox does medical research on cadavers he buys from murderers Burke and Hare, without questioning the unethical procurement methods.

Details

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  • Release Date: 1959
  • Country/Language: UK, English
  • Genres/Technical: Crime, Drama, Horror
  • Setting: Gaslight Scotland
  • Runtime: 1 hr 37 min
  • Starring: Peter Cushing, June Laverick, Donald Pleasence
  • Director: John Gilling
  • Writer: John Gilling
  • Producer/Production Co: Triad Productions
  • View Trailer: ([link)
  • Wikipedia: (link)
  • IMDb: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: Unrated (perhaps equivalent to PG for Violence and mild Nudity in some versions)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Perhaps vaguely similar to Lovecraft's less outre work, such as "Into the Vault (fiction)", but generally non-Lovecraftian otherwise...

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Video review at Trailers from Hell (Joe Dante) (link) - Covers one of the versions recut for American audiences (The Fiendish Ghouls)
  • Video review by Phil Brown (Link) - covers the first of the American Versions (Mania)
  • Review at The Terror Trap (3.5 Stars) (link)
  • Review by Scott Ashlin at 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting (3/5 Stars) (link)
  • Review by Rob Silvera at The Midnight Monster Show (link)
  • Review by Frank Veenstra at BobaFett1138 (9/10) (link)
  • Review at The Telltale Mind (link)
  • Scene/Poster gallery at The Telltale Mind (link)

Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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In 1828 Scotland, Edinburgh surgeon Dr. Knox does medical research on cadavers he buys from murderers Burke and Hare, without questioning the unethical procurement methods.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • Based loosely on the the real-life story of grave robbers Burke and Hare.


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