The Body Shop (1973)

35mm film, colour
mono, English

An American horror film directed by J.G. Patterson Jr.

Plot Summary

Plastic surgeon Dr Brandon tries to deal with the recent death of his wife Anitra by building himself a new bride. With the help of his hunchbacked assistant Greg use hypnosis to lure young women back to their lab for use in their experiments. But the woman seems more interested in Greg than in Brandon and is soon on the loose looking for more men…


* = uncredited

Directed by: J.G. Patterson Jr
© [not given on screen]
Metrolina Motion Picture Corporation presents
Executive Producer: Robert M. McClure
Produced by: J.G. Patterson Jr
Story and Screenplay: J.G. Patterson Jr
Director of Photography: W. Martin Hill
Chief Cinematographer: Harry M. Joyner
Editor: Harry M. Joyner
Music Composed and Conducted by: William Girdler
Songs Composed and Conducted by: Bill Hicks
Sound Record (Dialogue): Martin Hill
Special Effects/Make-up: Pat Patterson
Hairstylist: Jerry of The Gladiator
Set Designer: Vickie O'Neal
Special Horror Consultant: Worth Keeter
Locations: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Kentucky, USA *

Don Brandon [real name: J.G. Patterson Jr] (Dr Don Brandon)
Jenny Driggers (Anitra)
Roy Mehaffey (Greg)
Linda Faile (girl in the trunk)
Jan Benfield (Pam)
Jeannine Aber (Ellen)
Candy Furr (secretary)
Vickie O'Neal (company corpse)
Jerry Kearns (old man in truck)
Ken Sigmon (Max/truck driver)
Linda Lindsey (scrubwoman)
Bill Nevins (bartender)
Joe B. Lamb (himself)
Chris Allen (guard)
Howard Stewart (Harry)
Reggie Belk (Jack)
Vince Carmen
Judy Calloway
Harry Joyner
Bill Hicks (himself)
Nita Patterson (Rosemary)
Jack Hamett (the preacher)
Bill Simpson (sheriff)
David Graig (voice of radio announcer)

Alternative Titles

Anitra – shooting title
Body Shop – USA (video)
Doctor – alternative title
Shrieks in the Night – USA (video)

Extracts included in
Extra Weird (2003)
At Last…Total Terror! – The Incredible True Story of Axe and Kidnapped Coed (2015)

See also
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Frankenhooker (1990)



  • Psychotronic Video no.18 (Summer 1994) p.10 – credits, review (by Michael Weldon)


  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.58
  • Nightmare USA by Stephen Thrower pp.446; 516 – illustrated credits, review; note
  • Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990 by Brian Albright p.274