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Mania [Limited Distribution]

Also known as Flesh and the Fiends, Maniac is an extremely graphic, gruesome, and highly atmospheric tale of grave robbing and murder featuring Peter Cushing as a doctor intent on dissection.
Rating 3.9
26 ratings
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
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  • Originally Released: 1959
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case

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Description by OLDIES.com:

Horror legend Peter Cushing stars in Mania, a fine and bloodily graphic adaptation of the Burke and Hare grave robbing legend. Cushing portrays Dr. Robert Knox, the respected director of a prestigious medical school who believes that cadavers make the perfect tools for the study of medicine. Because exhuming bodies for medical purposes is illegal, Knox must rely on William Burke (George Rose) and William Hare (Donald Pleasance), graverobbers who are eager to keep him supplied with fresh corpses. The suspicion of the authorities is aroused when Burke and Hare take a shortcut and begin increasing their supply of corpses by murdering local down-and-outs.

Released in the UK as The Flesh and the Fiends, Mania features a wonderfully atmospheric representation of dismal 19th century Edinburgh, and stars some of Britain's most respected actors.

Product Description:

Based on the actual story of Burke and Hare, THE FLESH AND THE FIENDS is a brutal film in which Edinburgh's Dr. Robert Knox (Peter Cushing), a slightly mad scientist, is in constant need of dead bodies for vivisection to further his studies. Donald Pleasence plays a graverobber who provides the corpses for Knox's experiments, first through the traditional, shady means of theft, but ultimately resorting to murder to meet his demands.

Plot Keywords:

Doctors | Mad Doctor | Murder | Theatrical Release

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Customer Rating: Rating 3.9
Based on 26 ratings.
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Rating 4.0 Great Cushing performance. Movie Lover: from PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND UK -- December, 23, 2010

I really enjoyed this film, more than I thought I would. A brilliant central performance from Cushing but equally great support comes from Pleasence and Billie Whitelaw. Although this was the slightly edited TV version I still was very much gripped by it, and felt more disturbed by the goings on of Burke & Hare by the fact that the film was based on true happenings. A good transfer of the film aside from a few scenes where not all the actors can be seen although their voices are heard due to the reduction of the full screen image. Great artwork from Alpha on the dvd cover. All in all I would recommend this film particularly if a fan of Cushing.


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  • UPC: 089218328892
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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