One of my most-anticipated films right now is John Landis’ Burke & Hare. It stars Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as real-life 19th century graverobbers/murderers William Burke and William Hare. Not only am I excited to see how Pegg and Serkis will play off each other, but this is Landis’ first film in over a decade. Seeing as the guy directed some all-time great films like An American Werewolf in London and The Blues Brothers, there’s reason to be excited. Throw in an excellent supporting cast (Tim Curry, Isla Fisher, Jessica Hynes, Tom Wilkinson, Ronnie Corbett, Bill Bailey) and I don’t understand how someone could not be excited for this flick.
Peter over at /Film is over the Cannes Film Festival and he snapped a picture of the promo poster for the film. Exaggerated facial expressions and the cheesy tagline don’t deter me one bit. I want to see this movie.
Hit the jump to check out the poster and the film’s synopsis. Burke & Hare is slated to come out in the UK sometime this year.
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Here’s a synopsis of the flick (also via /Film):
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.