After I Sell The Dead [2008] here comes another movie that deals with the same subject of grave robbing, and in the similar black humor fashion. I like to fiddle around with the dead as much the next guy but there seems to be some morbid fascination with medieval England and grave robbing, not that I’m complaining about it. Burke and Hare, although with a much stronger leads is a more of an rushed enterprise with great potential than a perfect movie. Based on true events, this movie is somewhat bound to the given narrative, but I liked their humorous style of storytelling. Combining macabre, noir and comedy with a very serious murder cases, movie is entertaining and it has that British vibe that I love so much. I mean who but the British (with the help of their good friend John Landis) would make you love and care about two dimwitted mass murderers.

It is the year 1820 in a town of Edinburgh, and two best friends and hustlers Burke and Hare are doing everything they can to get their bushiness’s up and running but each one fails. Faced with some grave (I am so smart :P) problems they are thinking outside the box, trying to come up with some enterprise that will guarantee them a profit. They notice that the demand for fresh human corpses is ever rising as the medical science is also advancing, and they decide to open their fresh-corpse-supply business. And this turns out to be a great plan, but there is only one problem with it: what to do when you run out of corpses?

Director: John Landis

Cast: Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Tim Curry, Jessica Hynes, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Bailey

Fun Facts: In the West Port area of Edinburgh, the murderers’ legacy lives on in a strip club named Burke & Hare.


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