The Body Snatcher
The Body Snatcher (1945)

In this film, Henry Daniell stars as a brilliant 18th-century London surgeon. Daniell can only make his humanitarian medical advances by experimenting on cadavers, which is strictly illegal. Karloff plays a grave robber, providing corpses… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 25, 1945
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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

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

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 V
My favourite corpse snatching movie, it stars both Karloff and Lugosi, how could you not like it? It's exciting and creepy.
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
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
Greg S
Karloff is hypnotically evil as Gray, a carriage driver who sidelines in grave robbing and blackmailing the local medical school dean, in this eerie adaptation… More