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The Body Snatcher(1945)(Review)[Flashback Friday]


In the early days of modern cinema, legendary horror producer Val Lawton and director Robert Wise were working on a breed of horror that found a means to have tons of dread and tension while relying on a very small budget. Atmosphere was the best way to communicate fear, and the reign of films they both put out carried this theme throughout.

"The Body Snatcher" is a simple film. A doctor and his assistant want to try some experimental new procedures they believe would help society, but there's simply not enough practice corpses available. Luckily, we have a city body collector who can provide fresh corpses - no questions asked. It's an immoral tale that has some interesting ideas to discuss.

The film features legendary actors Boris Karloff & Bela Lugosi in a town that breathes authenticity and wheezes it's dark secrets. A tale of men clashing when their hearts don't see eye-to-eye in a transaction.

There isn't any on screen violence or jump scares, but that atmosphere Rob Wise sets up is brooding and dirty. Its believable and grime, and all you can do is watch and join in on the trade.

3.5/5 "The Body Snatcher" is currently streaming on Shudder.

'Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra

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