The Horrors of Burke and Hare

The Horrors of Burke and Hare

Director: Vernon Campbell Sewell Cast: Harry Andrews, Roger Avon, Stewart Bevan


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Roger Corman's New World Pictures took a stab at the tale of the nefarious real-life graverobbers -- and filled it with the studio's usual quota of nudity, softcore sex and tacky humor. The result is pretty much as one would expect -- nothing to rival the excellent Flesh and the Fiends, or even Tod Slaughter's campy The Greed of William Hart. Harry Andrews plays the unscrupulous Dr. Knox, who enlists the aid of grave-plundering dirtbags Derren Nesbitt and Glynn Edwards in obtaining fresh cadavers for the medical academy. When the demand increases and local cemeteries begin to run dry, the industrious pair turn to the living to keep the doctor supplied. This time out, Burke and Hare are particularly randy fellows, who spend more time carousing in Edinburgh whorehouses than stalking their prey. Despite the macabre subject matter, the producers opted for sexploitation over gruesome horror, but the end result is decidedly dull.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2012
UPC: 0738329099220
Original Release: 1971
Rating: NR
Source: Redemption
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 53,856

Special Features

"Grave Desires: Corpses on Film," an Interview with Dr. Patricia MacCormack; ; Interview with Actress Françoise Pascal; ; Original Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harry Andrews Dr. Knox
Roger Avon Second Guard
Stewart Bevan Bruce
Victor Brooks Butler
John Carney Guard MacKenzie
Glynn Edwards Hare
Derren Nesbitt Burke
Noel Coleman Fire Chief
Brian Croucher Client in Brothel
Maudie Edwards Woman Passer-by
Caron Gardner Maggie
Robin Hawdon Lord Angus McPhee
James Hayter Dr. Selby
Thomas Heathcote Paterson
Charles Houston Barman
Yootha Joyce Mrs. Hare
Duncan Lamont Dr. Saint
Paul Luty Cruncher
Reg Lye Old Joe
Stanley McGeagh Sergeant MacTavish
John Moore Boy
Ken Parry Fat Man in Brothel
Francoise Pascal Marie
Frederick Piper Lodger
David Pugh Daft Jamie
Bill Shine Landlord
Yutte Stensgaard Janet
Madoline Thomas Mary Doherty
Bob Todd Guard Campbell
Jerold Wells Landlord
Katya Wyeth Natalie

Technical Credits
Vernon Campbell Sewell Director
Ernie Bradford Screenwriter
Guido Coen Producer
John Colville Editor
Desmond Dickinson Cinematographer
Pat Moore Special Effects
Kenneth Shipman Executive Producer
Roger Webb Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Burke and Hare
1. Bodies [:10]
2. Selling the Dead [7:02]
3. Practical Anatomy [10:51]
4. Peeping [11:14]
5. Mean Sods [7:06]
6. Business Plan [11:16]
7. Nightmares [9:02]
8. Hothouse [5:18]
9. Lady Killer [7:17]
10. Post Mortem [11:42]

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