The Body Snatcher
The Body Snatcher (1945)

Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi were given top billing in the Val Lewton-produced The Body Snatcher, but the film's protagonist is played by Henry Daniell. A brilliant 18th century London surgeon, Daniell can only make his humanitarian… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1945
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

Settings are inexpensive but sufficient for the needs. Production values, in general, however, aid materially in making this picture a winner.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

One of the lesser products of Val Lewton's years as the head of RKO's horror-film unit.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

there's a fascination with the ultimate futility of ever being something beyond opportunistic and solipsistic.

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Time Out

The film accelerates to great effect towards the end.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A strong, well above-average effort in almost every way, there's no evidence at all that Lewton's first brush with money and success dulled his instincts.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Too stuck on being literate to be a great movie ... .

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Even though this film is taken from a modest stage play of a few seasons back, its humors are as stale and mechanical as those of the oldest such farce.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Researchers and healers are closer to the subjects on the autopsy slab than to their living patients in this acerbic chimera of shadow and sacrifice

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

The first and best of the three Val Lewton-Boris Karloff collaborations for RKO.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Salmons
A pretty interesting little flick that ends extremely well. Odd seeing Bela Lugosi in such a tiny role, but also it's nice to see Boris Karloff being so… More
Stephen M
Sinister goings on in 19th century Edinburrow as a young medical student, presumably on exchange from America, is initiated into the art of grave robbing. Based… More
AJ Verser
My favourite corpse snatching movie, it stars both Karloff and Lugosi, how could you not like it? It's exciting and creepy.
Anthony Lawrie
A fantastic horror classic! Daniell & Karloff go head to head but its Karloff who wins with an effortless but outstanding performance! Robert Wise's… More
Michael Gildea
One of many from Val Lewton's stable of low budget horror masterpieces, a young Robert Wise masterfully directs Robert Louis Stevenson's tale of a… More
Drew Smith
I dunno, this one didn't really catch me. I probably should have given it more of a shot but it wasn't sticking. Not quite as unique or refreshing as… More