Vernon Sewell, 1972
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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 colourful, early 1970s 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.
Mastered in HD from the 35mm negative
Grave Desires: Corpses on Film, an interview with Dr. Patricia MacCormack
* Interview with actress Françoise Pascal
UK 1972 Colour 94 min 1.66:1 Mono
Directed by Vernon Sewell
Produced by Guido Coen
Screenplay by Einle Bradford
Director of Photography: Desmon Dickinson
Music by Roger Webb
With Darren Nesbitt, Glynn Edwards, Harry Andrews, Françoise Pascal, Yutte Stensgaard