R | | Horror, Drama
Grave robbers supply a doctor with bodies to test on.
Director Freddie Francis was appalled to learn that Producer Mel Brooks originally intended to use none of Dylan Thomas' original screenplay, but wanted simply another horror movie about Burke and Hare. Francis insisted on going back to the Thomas script as far as possible, although certain revisions were made by Ronald Harwood.
Doctor Thomas Rock:
I set myself up as a God over death.
The song Jennie sings in the tavern ("Whisper and I Shall Hear") was not written until 1891, while the Burke and Hare murders on which the film is based took place in 1828.
UK versions are cut by 9 secs to remove a cockfight.
$22,559 (USA) (6 October 1985)
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