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.
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.
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.
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.