Main Plot Points:
- Based on Dylan Thomas’ original screen play, this shocking horror-thriller stars Timothy Dalton as Thomas Rock, a brilliant young anatomy professor in 1820s Edinburgh. At first accepting only the cadavers provided him for study – those of a few hanged criminals a year – Rock eventually recruits two grave robbers (Jonathan Pryce and Stephen Rea) to secure a better supply of corpses.
- Coming to the gory conclusion that they will earn more the “fresher” the corpses, the two begin committing murder and delivering warm bodies to the doctor’s lecture chambers. Also starring Julian Sands and Twiggy, The Doctor And The Devils brings classic chills from start to finish.
What We Thought:
- I had really high expectations for The Doctor and the Devils. A young Patrick Stewart. Timothy Dalton. I wanted to love it.
- Unfortunately it’s not that good. It’s not bad, but I was hoping for a cult classic and got a film I’d probably not watch again.
- It’s a period piece with Timothy Dalton as a doctor who pays people for human bodies. At first it’s just grave diggers selling him bodies, but then people start getting murdered for the cash.
- There’s a subplot about a med student/doctor falling for a hooker, but that only pushes the plot story a bit.
- It’s well made and acted. Dalton is good. Patrick Stewart has a smaller role. It has a cool backdrop and setting as well. Unfortunately it just didn’t do a whole lot for me.
- I’m not familiar with the Dylan Thomas story so I can’t tell you how accurate it is. It’s kind of creepy, but it’s over 30 years old so today’s audience wants a bit more gore with their creepiness.
- The Blu-ray looks pretty decent. Again, it’s decades old so it’s not pristine perfect like today’s films. There’s some good coloring on the flat and depressing buildings and wardrobe. Audio has perfect dialogue and soundtrack though.
- I’m sure there are some people who love The Doctor and the Devils and can’t wait to get it on Blu-ray. I wanted to love it, but it just didn’t work 100% for me. I can’t tell you what I would change about it or if changing anything would make it better. But if you are familiar with it or always wanted to see it, now’s a good time.
- Commentary with Author Steve Haberman
- New Interview with Executive Producer Mel Brooks, Producer Jonathan Sanger and Randy Auerbach
- Theatrical Trailer
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Timothy Dalton
- Stephen Rea
- Sir Patrick Stewart
Recommended if You Like:
- Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
- Dylan Thomas Stories
- Early Patrick Stewart films