Burke and Hare trailer online
The trailer for the John Landis directed Burke and Hare has arrived, and the opening shot of Edinburgh Castle is great to see and the rest of it does a pretty good job of living up to that opening shot.
Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis star as the two men turned grave robbers who end up murdering to create corpses to sell to Edinburgh University to be used in medical research and lectures. It's the real life story, but turned slightly around for the comedy aspect. I suspect in 1828 it wasn't as funny as the trailer makes out.
The cast for John Landis' comedy is impressive too, not only is Landis back directing with Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis playing Burke and Hare, but they are backed up by names such as Tom Wilkinson, Tim Curry, Isla Fisher, Christopher Lee, Jenny Agutter, and Stephen Merchant.
The story of Burke and Hare is real, but the Piers Ashworth and Nick Moorcroft script and Landis' direction have managed to turn it into something much more funny than the real story was. Here's the blurb:
Based on the true story about the famous murderers, 'Burke And Hare' follows the hapless exploits of these two men as they fall into the highly profitable business of providing cadavers for the medical fraternity in Nineteenth Century Edinburgh, then the centre of medical learning. The one thing they were short of was bodies.
Here's the trailer for Burke and Hare, see what you think of it:
I'm hopeful that the return of John Landis and the excellent cast are a good sign, and the trailer does suggest that the comedy is strong. Plus there's a good British cast and the Burke and Hare story is such a good one. It's a shame that the Scottish dramatic version of the story never got off the ground, but then it received a grant, folded the production and ended up with the money for other projects.
Shame that it couldn't be a home grown production, but then just look at the names involved in this production, and it's John Landis people!