The Flesh and the Fiends (1959)

91m (USA), 97m
35mm film, “photographed in Dyaliscope”, black and white, 2.35:1
mono (Westrex), English

A British horror film directed by John Gilling.

Plot Summary

Edinburgh surgeon Dr Robert Knox needs fresh human bodies for research and resorts to employing . But when the bodies start running out, the pair resort to murder to keep Knox happy…


* = uncredited

Directed by: John Gilling
© 1959 Triad Productions Ltd.
Produced by: Robert S. Baker and Monty Berman
Production Manager: Jack Swinburne
Screenplay by: John Gilling and Leon Griffiths
Original Story by: John Gilling
Continuity: Kay Rawlings
Photographed by: Monty Berman
Camera Operator: Chic Waterson
Editor: Jack Slade
Music Written and Conducted by: Stanley Black
Sound Recordists: George Stephenson, Bob Jones
Dubbing Editor: Jeanne Henderson
Wardrobe: Laura Nightingale
Make up: Jimmy Evans
Hairdresser: Betty Sherriff
Art Director: John Elphick
Made at: Shepperton Studios, Middlesex, England

Peter Cushing (Dr [Robert] Knox)
Donald Pleasence (William Hare)
June Laverick (Martha Knox)
Dermot Walsh (Dr Geoffrey Mitchell)
Renee Houston (Helen Burke)
George Rose (William Burke)
Billie Whitelaw (Mary Patterson)
John Cairney (Chris Jackson)
Melvyn Hayes (Daft Jamie)
June Powell (Maggie O'Hara)
Andrew Faulds (Inspector McCulloch)
Philip Leaver (Dr Elliott)
George Woodbridge (Dr Ferguson)
Garard Green (Dr Andrews)
Geoffrey Tyrrell (old Davey)
Esma Cannon (Aggie)
George Bishop (blind man)
Beckett Bould (old Angus)
George Street (publican)
Michael Balfour (drunken sailor)
Stephen Scott, Raf De La Torre (grave robbers)
Jack McNaughton [stallholder] *
Michael Mulcaster [undertaker] *
John Rae [Reverend Lincoln] *

Alternative Titles

Der Arzt und die Teufel – Germany
La carne y el demonio – Spain
The Fiendish Ghouls
L'impasse aux violences
– France
Le jene di Edimburgo
– Italy
– Finland
Psycho Killers

See also
Burke and Hare (1971)
The Doctor and the Devils (1985)
The Greed of William Hart (1948)
Play of the Month: The Anatomist (1980)
The of Frankenstein (1958)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.8 p.6
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.9 p.33
  • The Daily Cinema no.8264 (5 February 1960) p.5 – review
  • Filmfax no.61 (June/July 1997) pp.48, 49 – illustrated credits, review (Mania bt Deborah del Vecchio)
  • Kine Weekly no.2731 (4 February 1960) p.27 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.27 no.314 (March 1960) p.37 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Variety 10 February 1960 – credits, review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.119
  • British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan p.310 – credits, synopsis
  • The Encyclopedia of Novels Into Films second edition by John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh pp.35-36 – credits, review (by T.W. [Tony Williams])
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.28, 41, 65, 75, 81-83, 82, 85, 109, 279
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.111, 324
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.145
  • The Irish Filmography: Fiction Films, 1896-1996 by Kevin Rockett (ed.) p.166
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.129 – credits, review
  • The Shrieking Sixties by Darrell Buxton (ed.) pp.16-17
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.278-280
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.103-104
  • X-Cert: The British Independent Horror Film: 1951-1970 by John Hamilton pp.61-67; 221-222