Boris Karloff Blogathon: The Body Snatcher (1945) trailer
When most people hear the phrase "body snatcher" they think of the 1956 science fiction classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers, directed by Don Siegel and starring Kevin McCarthy, from Jack Finney's novel. There is, however, another movie a good 10 years prior which also bears the phrase "body snatcher," and it's based on a short story by the venerable Robert Louis Stevenson. Released in 1945 from the production company of the mighty Val Lewton, The Body Snatcher remains one of Boris Karloff's best movies, although, unfortunately, not nearly as famous as his Frankenstein films. Although it's not really fair to compare anything to his three Frankenstein movies, is it? It's also one of a handful of films that paired him with Bela Lugosi. It was released on DVD only in 2005, as part of the Val Lewton Horror Collection. Damn is that thing worth owning.