The Doctor and the Devils (1985)

35mm film, J-D-C Scope, colour, 2.35:1
Dolby Stereo, English

A British/American borderline horror film directed by Freddie Francis.

Plot Summary

Doctor Thomas Rock is an eminent surgeon whose obsessive zeal for anatomical research leads him to secure the services of low-life grave-robbers Fallon and Broom. But when the resurrection men run out of fresh cadavers for Rock, they resort to murder to keep him supplied with specimens.


Directed by: Freddie Francis
© 1985 by Brooksfilms Ltd
Brooksfilms presents a Jonathan Sanger production in association with Dr Barrington Cooper & Burton Gintell
Executive Producer: Mel Brooks
Produced by: Jonathan Sanger
Screenplay by: Ronald Harwood
Based on an Original Screenplay by: Dylan Thomas
Directors of Photography: Gerry Turpin, Norman Warwick
Edited by: Laurence Méry-Clark
Music by: John Morris
Sound Mixer: Ken Weston
Costumes by: Imogen Richardson
Make-up Designer: Naomi Donne
Hair Designer: Sally Sutton
Special Effects: Alan Bryce
Production Designed by: Robert Laing

Timothy Dalton (Dr Thomas Rock)
Jonathan Pryce (Robert Fallon)
Twiggy (Jennie Bailey)
Julian Sands (Dr Murray)
Stephen Rea (Timothy Broom)
Phyllis Logan (Elizabeth Rock)
Lewis Fiander (Dr Thornton)
Beryl Reid (Mrs Flynn)
T.P. McKenna (O'Connor)
Patrick Stewart (Professor Macklin)
Siân Phillips (Annabella Rock)
Philip Davis (Billy Bedlam)
Philip Jackson (Andrew Merry-Lees)
Danny Schiller (Praying Howard)
Bruce Green (Mole)
Toni Palmer (Rosie)
David Bamber (Cronin)
Nichola McAuliffe (Alice)
Deirdre Costello (Nelly)
Terry Neason (Kate)

Alternative Titles

Le Docteur et les assassins – France
El doctor y los diablos – Spain
Doktor i diably – Poland
O Médico e os Monstros – Portugal
Tohtori ja paholaiset – Finland

See also
Burke & Hare (1971)
Burke and Hare (2010)
The Body Snatcher (1945)
The Flesh and the Fiends (1959)
The Greed of William Hart (1948)
Play of the Month: The Anatomist (1980)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.8 pp.48, 49
  • The Dark Side September 1995 pp.15-16 – credits, review
  • Flesh and Blood no.10 pp.25-26 – credits, review
  • Screen International no.529 (4-11 January 1986) p.4 – credits (UK production '85 – special report)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.397
  • British Gothic Cinema by Barry Forshaw pp.133, 138
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.279
  • The Films of Freddie Francis by Wheeler Winston Dixon pp.1, 2, 7-12, 18-22, 29-32, 147, 152-153, 269-276, 287
  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.148 – credits, synopsis
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movie 1991-1992 p.107 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.137
  • Horror Films by Subgenre: A Viewer's Guide by Chris Vander Kaay and Kathleen Fernandez-Vander Kaay p.36
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.128-129 – credits, review
  • The Irish Filmography: Fiction Films, 1896-1996 by Kevin Rockett (ed.) p.191
  • Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cetti p.127-129
  • The Straight Story from Moby Dick to Glory by Freddie Francis with Tony Dalton pp.205-208, 278