The Flesh and The Fiends (1961) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Flesh and The Fiends (1961)





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Mania is the venerable Burke and Hare story, previously cinematized by producer Val Lewton as The Body Snatcher. Peter Cushing plays a respectable 19th-century Edinburgh doctor who needs fresh cadavers in order to continue his crucial research. Since the exhuming of bodies for medical purposes is illegal, Lee must rely upon grave-robbers George Rose and Donald Pleasance for his corpse supply. What Lee doesn't know is that Rose and Pleasance frequently cut out the middleman by "creating" their own corpses. The good doctor catches on when the latest cadaver turns out to be his own fiancee. Its excessively violent climax has prevented Mania from being shown completely intact on commercial television. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Peter Cushing
as Dr. Robert Knox
Donald Pleasence
as William Hare
Dermot Walsh
as Dr. Geoffrey Mitchell
Renee Houston
as Helen Burke
George Rose
as William Burke
Billie Whitelaw
as Mary Patterson
John Cairney
as Chris Jackson
Melvyn Hayes
as Daft Jamie
Beckett Bould
as Old Angus
George Bishop
as Blind Man
George Woodbridge
as Dr. Ferguson
Philip Leaver
as Dr. Elliott
John Rae
as Rev. Lincoln
Michael Balfour
as Drunken Sailor
Jack McNaughton
as Stallholder
Andrew Faulds
as Inspector McCulloch
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Critic Reviews for The Flesh and The Fiends

All Critics (3)

What makes Peter Cushing so terrifying in this historical horror picture is that he believes in what he is doing

February 5, 2021 | Rating: 4.0/5.0 | Full Review…

Grisly British chiller. Donald Pleasence is particularly good.

July 11, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Flesh and The Fiends


"Coffins Looted! Cadavers Dissected!" Nice bit of macabre horror from England's Shepperton Studios. (Based on the real life exploits of William Burke, William Hare and Dr. Robert Knox.)

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


This is a pretty good attempt at a "body snatcher" flick, but it could be a lot better. Cushing plays a creepy looking guy, but that's not enough for a good horror movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Enjoyable little romp, though the fact that it's based on a true story makes it all the more interesting. It's sort of a cross between Frankenstein and Sweeny Todd. Now I have to check out the John Landis version (Burke and Hare) which stars Simon Pegg & Andy Serkis in the title roles and has Tim Curry as the infamous doctor! That coud be fun!

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer

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