Friday, October 11, 2013

The Doctor and the Devils (1985)

I've got a birthday dinner to attend to shortly, so I'm not sure I'll be able to get a movie in today. Instead I'll discuss a bit about a movie I saw fairly recently: The Doctor and the Devils.

This is a little thriller nugget was tucked away, hidden from obvious view, at my local movie store.

And when I saw that The Doctor and the Devils was about an 1820's medical doctor paying thieves for fresh bodies (to demonstrate upon during lectures), I thought to myself: haven't I heard this story before?

In fact, poet Dylan Thomas wrote the screenplay for this story AND it is apparently based on the true story of Burke and Hare. Or, more likely, several different true stories all following a similar age-old story line: Medical specialists paying for dead people.

What I found so chilling about this film is how the thieves were able to make such a profitable business by simply hanging out in their environment. In addition to the consensus that it's quite alright to experiment on people killed by a law officials but not okay to experiment on people who were not killed by law officials.

I found this movie to be a chilling view on a STILL epic battle between the death penalty, poverty, and how education plays such a pivotal role in both. I'm not not exactly sure who all the devils are in this story - there are two many to count. That, I believe, is what makes this a horror film...

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