Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman made grave robbing hilarious in 'Young Frankenstein,' now Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis give it their best shot in 'Burke and Hare,' the new horror comedy from 'An American Werewolf in London' director John Landis.
Landis's first movie in 13 years tells the story of real-life 19th century criminals William Burke and William Hare, who graduated from grave robbing to murder in supplying bodies for doctors to autopsy.
The ghoulish subject's been treated as straight horror with Boris Karloff in 'The Body Snatcher' and the lesser-known 'The Doctor and the Devils.' For his humorous take on the same tale, Landis assembled a comedic cast that includes Isla Fisher, Tom Wilkinson and Tim Curry and horror legend Christopher Lee to boot.
See the clips after the jump.
The film received less-than-enthusiastic reviews in its UK release, where critics dismissed it as "unpleasant" and "excruciating." It opens in the U.S. on September 9 and is already available online at SundanceNow.com and on VOD.
As you can see in the clips below, it does seem to be a rather uneasy mix of the two genres:
Clip 1: Burke and Hare deliver a body in a herring barrel to Dr. Knox (Wilkinson).
Clip 2: Former prostitute Isla Fisher wants to put on the first all-female production of 'MacBeth'
Clip 3: Burke and Hare target a portly gentleman
What do you think? Is it worth your six pence?