Every scene with Karloff shows how great of an actor he was. He is so creepy and evil here, as even when he is smiling he has this underlying sinister and menacing disposition. The story itself is a standard Burke and Hare plot, engagingly enough, but its drama is merely two-dimensional, and it struggles in telling when Karloff isn't on screen, with syrupy-melodramatic moments of bonding and romance.
Again, the atmosphere is just amazing. I actually prefer Isle of the Dead to this Karloff-led effort, but here is even more creepy here. Lower-tier Lewton film, but still a must-see and borderline masterpiece.
Boris Karloff was a great actor. Just watch Robert Wise's THE BODY SNATCHER to be convinced of this. Bela Lugosi has a smaller part but is also good in the part of Joseph the servant. The last scene of the film will make you forget the melodramatic moments of this Val Lewton production which is on a par with Jacques Tourneur's CAT PEOPLE and I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE. Highly recommended.
The most rational of the Lewton films. Karloff never sets a foot wrong as a man who is genial, charming and rotten to the core. Daniell rises to the challenge in an anti-heroic role: he paves the road to Hell for both himself and others with the best intentions. Great period detail too.
Deserving of a solid 3.5 rating. Pleasantly builds it's strange atmosphere and Boris Karloff is at his finest cool, calm yet sinister self. The finale elevates it beyond just a decent horror romp. Nothing exceptional but certainly enjoyable.
A la primera aparición del carruaje y su cochero, Boris Karloff, con una cejas pobladas y una curvatura en su espalda, se me vino a la mente el conde Orlok, quien es su mismo cochero; ambos transportarán víctimas. El final de "The body snatcher" es su mejor escena.