Three Pick Up Shovels for Gravedigging Comedy


What happens when you combine the talents of Simon Pegg, Isla Fisher, Andy Serkis and Tom Wilkinson? The answer: Burke and Hare, a horror comedy, and John Landis’s first feature in more than a decade.

Hare is a black comedy based on a true story of two of the U.K.’s earliest serial killers, William Burke and William Hare. In the beginning they were graverobbers, selling the corpses to a medical college for cash. But when the cemeteries were depleted they had to resort to other means of getting bodies to the college. The two serial killers will be played by Simon Pegg (Burke) and Andy Serkis (Hare). Fisher plays Pegg’s girlfriend. Wilkinson will play Dr. Robert Knox, an anatomy lecturer looking for fresh corpses.

Almost twenty years after he made An American Werewolf in London, Landis will jet off to the U.K. once again when he shoots the horror comedy at the end of January.

Burke and Hare comes from the collaborative writing pair of Piers Ashworth and Nick Moorcroft, who have written a series (three so far) of St. Trinian’s films starring Colin Firth. The first one, while produced in 2007, arrives on DVD on January 26, 2010.

When Pegg isn’t working with Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), he’s hit or miss. But the additions of Fisher, Serkis and Wilkinson, and Landis coming back to make feature films again helps. I guess after the success of Zombieland more mashups of horror and comedy was to be expected.

Source: Heat Vision

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