English horror fans, take note: November will see Scream Factory reviving a forgotten mid-80s entry in this subgenre on blu-ray. The Doctor And The Devils is a 1985 riff on the infamous Burke and Hare murders is based on a screenplay by Dylan Thomas, was directed by gothic horror expert Freddie Francis and boasts a cast that includes Timothy Dalton, Jonathan Pryce, Stephen Rea and Julian Sands. If that’s not enough noteworthy names for you, it was also executive produced by Mel Brooks. Read on for all the gothic-era graverobber details, including a peek at the special features…
SCREAM FACTORY™ PRESENTS
THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS
ON BLU-RAY NOVEMBER 14, 2014
“A gothic thriller!” – The Hollywood Reporter
BROOKSFILMS presents A JONATHAN SANGER Production
TIMOTHY DALTON JONATHAN PRYCE TWIGGY “THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS”
JULIAN SANDS STEPHEN REA PHYLLIS LOGAN LEWIS FIANDER BERYL REID T.P. McKENNA
PATRICK STEWART and with SIAN PHILLIPS
Casting by MAGGIE CARTIER Music by JOHN MORRIS Costumes by IMOGEN RICHARDSON
Production Designed by ROBERT LAING
Edited by LAURENCE MERY-CLARK Director of Photography GERRY TURPIN B.S.C. NORMAN WARWICK B.S.C.
Based on the Original Screenplay by DYLAN THOMAS Screenplay by RONALD HARWOOD Produced by JONATHAN SANGER
Directed by FREDDIE FRANCIS
Murder was just the beginning…
Los Angeles, CA – A man of medicine… A pair of murderers… An unholy alliance. Scream Factory has announced a November 14 Blu-ray release of the murderous thriller The Doctor and the Devils.
Directed by Freddie Francis, Executive Produced by Mel Brooks, and based on Dylan Thomas’ original screenplay, 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 per 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, Patrick Stewart and Twiggy, The Doctor and the Devils brings classic chills from start to finish.
Commentary With Author and Film Historian Steve Haberman
New Interview With Executive Producer Mel Brooks, Producer Jonathan Sanger And Former Brooksfilms Development Executive Randy Auerbach
1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo/1985/Color/R/93 mins./Subtitles: English