John Landis’ grave robbing black comedy “Burke and Hare” finally gets its Stateside theatrical release next month in September, but SundanceNOW will have the film first for VOD this August 5th. The film has received mostly mixed reviews, but if you’re a fan of Simon Pegg of “Shaun of the Dead” fame and Andy Serkis sans motion-capture devices hooked up all over his body, “Burke and Hare” should be up your alley. You can read our two reviews for the film (yes, two) — Brent’s review and Gazz’s review.
It’s 1828 and Edinburgh is the capital of scientific discovery. With the best and brightest minds racing to unlock the secrets of human anatomy, autopsies are all the rage and the freshly deceased are in high demand. So when William Hare and William Burke find themselves in a bit of a fiscal crisis, they decide to take good ol’ fashioned grave robbery one step further: murder. Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings) and Isla Fisher (Confessions of a Shopaholic) star in this fresh comical spin on the true Burke and Hare murders.
Cadavers are the key to science, success, and love in this black comedy from legendary director John Landis!