Burke & Hare

Directed by Vernon Sewell

Year: 1972
Running Time: 94
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Country: U.K.
Language: English [audio]
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Burke & Hare

Françoise Pascal
Harry Andrews
Glynn Edwards
Derren Nesbitt
Yutte Stensgaard

Cinematographer Desmond Dickinson
Produced by Guido Coen
Composed by Roger Webb
Writer Ernle Bradford
Directed by Vernon Sewell

Two of the most notorious figures in the history of medicine, William Burke and William Hare were a pair of enterprising street thugs who provided anatomical specimens to the Edinburgh Medical College—often by robbing the graves of the recently dead, sometimes through even more nefarious methods.

Derren Nesbitt and Glynn Edwards bring these two scoundrels to life in BURKE & HARE, a colorful, early ’70s rendition of life in the taverns, brothels, and surgical theatres of 1820s Scotland.

While other filmmakers have treated the Burke and Hare murders as a source of gothic horror, director Vernon Sewell (The Blood Beast Terror) offers a playful spin on the Irish body snatchers, blending dark comedy with bawdy eroticism, seasoning it with the grotesque, then crowning it with a playful theme song by the pop band The Scaffold.

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