Here we have our first look at a promo movie poster for the John Landis directed horror comedy Burke and Hare, which stars Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis,Tim Curry, Isla Fisher, Jessica Hynes, Tom Wilkinson, Ronnie Corbett and Bill Bailey.
I'm really looking forward to this movie. It's based on an incredibly fascinating true story of two Irish murderers. Known as the West Port murders, these murders were perpetrated in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1827 and 1828. The killings were attributed to Irish immigrants William Burke and William Hare, who sold the corpses of their seventeen victims to the Edinburgh Medical College for dissection.
As you probably know Landis is a full blown legend, helming classics films such as Animal House and the Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London, The Blues Brothers, Trading Places, Spies Like Us, Three Amigos, Coming To America, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller. It's been over 10 years since his last movie so it should be interesting to see if he's still got the touch.
WILLIAM BURKE and WILLIAM HARE are scratching out a living in 1830s Edinburgh. After yet another failed business venture, they return to Hare’s lodging house to find that their tenant has suddenly died on rent day. As the boys decide how to dispose of the body over a drink, they discover that a corpse can fetch a hefty price. Edinburgh is the centre of the medical universe and the city’s doctors are crying out for more cadavers for their educational lectures. First they try the infamous DR. MONRO, but he’s not interested, so they sell the corpse to DR. KNOX, his vain and ambitious rival who urges them to bring any more ‘unfortunates’ they may stumble upon. Entrepreneurial Hare is quick to realize they’ve hit on a great money making venture and despite the more sensitive Burke’s misgivings, they embark on a series of plans to secure more bodies. They arrange a series of deadly ‘accidents’ for the local unfortunates and to celebrate their success, they go out on the town to celebrate. There, Burke meets GINNY, a beautiful and spirited aspiring actress. In a series of hilarious comic misadventures Burke and Hare begin to secure a steady stream of bodies and the cash starts rolling in.
Thanks to our friends at /Film for sharing the poster!