The Body Snatcher

1945

Horror / Thriller

2
IMDb Rating 7.4

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by BaronBl00d 7

One could easily argue, as I surely will attempt to do so, that this film, The Body Snatcher, based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson and produced by the wonderfully creative and inventive producer Val Lewton, is the home of Boris Karloff's best performance. Some will argue that his portrayal of Frankenstein's creature was his greatest role, and I would not argue with that. But his role as Cabman Gray is his best performance as an actor. It gives us a chance to see the real Boris and his entire acting range. He plays with relish a character wicked as can be , yet full of contradictions. This villainous rogue that steals bodies from graves and then creates bodies through murder is given an amiable side. He is the most interesting character in the story. He is the core of the story, and it is all due to Karloff's wonderful and witty portrayal. The story is excellent as our the other actors in the film, most notably Henry Daniell as the doctor abused and tormented by Karloff and past secrets. Although this was the last film to have both Karloff and Lugosi, it is a lopsided affair as Lugosi is given very little screen time and an even smaller role as a blackmailing servant. The best scene with both of them is the murder scene of Lugosi's character, and it is one last glimpse of the two great boogeymen sharing the screen once more together. Outstanding film, competent direction, and excellent acting make this film one of the better horror films of the 40s and one of Karloff's finest moments on the screen period.

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Reviewed by ccthemovieman-1 8

As of this writing, I have seen four of the nine Val Lewton DVD Horror Collection films and this one was, by far, the best.<br/><br/>Henry Daniell, Boris Karloff, Edith Atwater,Russell Wade, Sharyn Moffet and Bela Lugosi all acted well. I had forgotten that Karloff was a decent actor, not just some Frankenstein monster who couldn&#39;t deliver a line. He had a creepy voice, too, which lent itself nicely to horror films. I just found him fascinating here.<br/><br/>In addition, this movie had a well-known director, Robert Wise, and the story was adaption of a Robert Louis Steevenson. So, you see, this film had good bloodlines, pun intended. This was not some schlocky Ed Wood B-film. This movie is a high class affair.<br/><br/>I found it more of a crime story than anything else as a doctor (Daniell), trying to further his knowledge and needing human specimens (dead) to continue his research, has his graveyard supply cut off to him and then has to have his helper (Karloff) kill people to provide him the bodies. Meanwhile, a young and more moral student of the doctor, gets wind of what&#39;s happening and doesn&#39;t share his mentor&#39;s view that the &quot;ends justify the means.&quot;<br/><br/>At any rate, this a keeper. Like the other Lewton films I&#39;ve seen, it&#39;s well- photographed, too. I can only hope a few of the five I haven&#39;t seen yet are this good.

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Reviewed by lost-in-limbo 7

A sinister coach driver John Gray (Boris Karloff) supplies corpses for Dr. Wolfe MacFarlane (Henry Daniell) and his assistant Donald Fettes (Russel Wade), but things start going pair shape when Dr. Wolfe finds out more about where these corpses are coming from, as supplies are running short and he tries to get rid of Gray, who doesn&#39;t share his buddy&#39;s (or Toddy&#39;s) thoughts. Another thing on their minds is that a mother of a young girl with a bad vertebra that&#39;s getting worse asks Dr. Wolfe for his help, but he refuses at first. But with the constant bugging from assistant Fettes, he finally goes ahead with the operation.<br/><br/>The more I watch this film, the better it seems to get! Val Lewton&#39;s &quot;The Body Snatcher&quot;, which is set in the year 1831, Edinburgh - is an excellently well-handled thriller that holds SUCH great performances from the likes of Boris Karloff, Henry Daniell, Russel Wade, Edith Atwater and Bela Lugosi. What shines and drives the film other than its performances - is the intelligent screenplay and hypnotic atmosphere and setting that reeks of death and coldness. The foggy, empty and dark streets of Edinburgh during the night have an approaching sense of menace, especially when Karloff is on screen. An impressive Boris Karloff as John Gray the Cabman evokes such tension and depth. He always makes his presence distinguishable, with the scenes he&#39;s in being the most interesting. His appearance and body language has some unsettling effect - in a captivating way. His performance in my opinion is up there with the likes of &quot;The Mummy&quot; and &quot;Bride Of Frankenstein&quot;. I read a lot positive remarks towards Karloff&#39;s performance, but IMHO Henry Daniell was equally as good. He&#39;s great as the troubled Dr. Wolfe, who is haunted by Gray. You could say he was the backbone of the film. When these two shared the screen, is when the fireworks certainly occurred. Russel Wade is quite sympathetic in his role, as the reluctant assistant who gets drawn into Dr. Wolfe&#39;s mess. Edith Atwater delivers a sound performance and there&#39;s basically a neat cameo role by Bela Lugosi.<br/><br/>I wasn&#39;t bored, but for some people it might be a tad too slow and real talkative, as what this film thrives on, is its vivid literature, well-rounded characters and potently gripping confrontations, especially between Wolfe and Gray. The story has its moments of psychological suspense that steadily develops into a thrilling and powerful finale (that has the usual thunderstorm evident). The way the final lines of dialogue were set up in that sequence is truly unnerving. Also throw in elements of greed, guilt and pride and how it gets the better of people. So there is a moral to all of this. Sudden shocks and jolts fill the film, but definitely not cheap ones. Mostly the deaths are implied, though there is great use of sound in those situations eg. The sound of a horse trotting. It&#39;s very effective! It isn&#39;t stylish or spirited directing by Robert Wise, but to cap it off, he achieves a downright inventive and believable movie piece.<br/><br/>My only small complaint is that it could&#39;ve been a much darker film, but it&#39;s the lightness of the sub-plot about the crippled girl that &quot;slightly&quot; spoilt it. Was it trying for an innocent point of view?Nonetheless, it&#39;s still my favourite Lewton/Karloff film, to date.<br/><br/>&quot;Never get rid of me!&quot;

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