Exquisite Tenderness (1995)

USA, UK, Germany,
100m, 2709 metres
35mm film, colour, 2.35:1
DTS stereo, English

An American/British/German horror film directed by Carl Schenkel.


When Dr Julian Mater is caught conducting illicit experiments in cellular regeneration on his dying patients, he's immediately suspended. Year's later, he's back, determined to carry on where he left off…


Director: Carl Schenkel
Capella International, Connexion Film Productions
Executive Producers: Rolf Deyhle, David Korda
Producers: Alan Beattie, Willi Bär, Chris Chesser
Co-Producer: Dennis E. Jones
Script: Patrick Cirillo
Director of Photography: Thomas Burstyn
Editor: Jimmy B. Frazier
Music: Christopher Franke
Production Sound Mixer: Eric Batut
Costume Designer: Uschi Zech
Make-up Supervisor: Jan Newman
Key Hair Stylist: Jill Winston
Special Make Up Effects Creator: Steve Johnson, Steve Johnson's XFX Inc
Special Effects Supervisor: Gary Paller
Production Designers: Alan Beattie, Willi Bär, Chris Chesser

Isabel Glasser (Dr Theresa McCann)
James Remar (Dr Benjamin Hendricks)
Sean Haberle (Dr Julian Matar)
Peter Boyle (Lt McEllwaine)
Malcolm McDowell (Dr Stein)
Charles Dance (Dr Ed Mittlesbay)
Beverly Todd (Nurse Burns)
Charles Bailey-Gates (Sgt Ross)
Walter Olkewicz (Dr Meade)
Mother Love (Milly Putnam)
Gregory West (Tommy Beaton)
Juliette Jeffers (Lisa Wilson)
Nancy Banks (Loreen Ridgeway)
Kim Robillard (Dr Eugene Kaiser)
Teryl Rothery (Officer Pierson)
Joe Norman Shaw (Det. Edwards)
Don Thompson (father in 1958)
Marilyn Norry (mother in 1958)
Codie Lucas Wilbee (older boy in 1958)
Jarrett Lennon (young Matar in 1958)

Alternative Titles

Bestie im weißen Kittel, Die – Germany
Exquisite Tenderness – Höllische Qualen – Germany
The Surgeon – USA



  • Empire December 1995 p.46 – review (by Claire Baylis)
  • epd Film vol.13 no.3 (1 March 1996) p.12 – review (by Sabine Horst)
  • Film Review December 1995 p.59 – review (by James Cameron-Wilson)