The Flesh and the Fiends is a 1960 horror film directed by John Gilling that is based on a true story. In the film, Dr. Robert Knox (Peter Cushing) is a respected professor at a local university. His students are honored to be in his presence and his colleagues find him arrogant. The doctor is researching how the human body functions and to do this successfully he has a constant need for cadavers. The body Dr. Knox requires must be fresh, and he cannot get what he needs the traditional way so he incorporates the help of body snatchers, William Hare (Donald Pleasance), and William Burke (George Rose). Dr. Geoffrey Mitchell (Dermot Walsh), a colleague of Dr. Knox, suspects something is not right with the doctor and begins to investigate. Initially, the cadaver thieves were only robbing graves to fulfill their orders, but they soon realize they must get creative because there is not enough product to meet their demand.