Wacky Body-Snatching Antics In The ‘Burke & Hare’ UK Trailer

Published 4 years ago by , Updated October 5th, 2010 at 3:54 pm,

Burke and Hare1 Wacky Body Snatching Antics In The Burke & Hare UK Trailer

Director John Landis (An American Werewolf in London) has been keeping a low profile since his poorly-received sequel Blues Brothers 2000 hit theaters back in 1998. Now he is back with Burke and Hare, a dark comedy that the newly-released UK trailer not-so-subtly alludes to being “the ultimate crowd-pleaser.”

Burke and Hare features a well-to-do cast that includes Star Trek‘s Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings) and Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers), along with the likes of Tom Wilkinson, Tim Curry, and Christopher Lee. Piers Ashworth and Nick Moorcroft scripted the film, which hits UK theaters near the end of this month.

The plot revolves around a pair of Irishmen – one William Burke (Pegg) and William Hare (Serkis) – who struggle to make a living in 19th century Edinburgh. The two soon discover they can turn a nice profit by delivering fresh cadavers to the unethical Dr. Knox (Wilkinson) at a local medical school. Wacky antics that involve difficult-to-maneuver corpses, the Edinburgh militia, and a lovely “actress” named Ginny (Fisher) ensue soon thereafter.

Dark comedy can be a tricky act to pull off since it generally deals with some fairly macabre subject matter. The trailer for Burke and Hare plays up the broader comedic aspects of the film, which looks to feature plenty of gross-out gags that involve dead bodies and the like – depending on their preferences, moviegoers might find it all hilarious or a bit much, like something out of a gruesome sitcom.

Check out the UK trailer for Burke and Hare below:

A number of the jokes on display in the Burke and Hare trailer are way too familiar and fail to play out in a way that feels fresh or inventive. This might be a case where the film’s best bits of humor are R-Rated and cannot be shown in a preview for general audiences, but the footage that is on display doesn’t exactly inspire a whole lot of confidence.

Burke and Hare looks like it could have some funny moments, courtesy of Pegg and Serkis, and it has the look of a professional production with some nice, shadowy lighting and set design. The movie has yet to secure a U.S. release date, but it could be worth a look when it finally does make the journey over here to the states.

Burke and Hare hits UK theaters on October 29th, 2010.

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  1. AHAHAHAHA.I wanna see this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I would hope that this isn’t the typical approach to a trailer, because if these are the funniest parts of the movie, it’ll be a bust — alot of potential, though. Great actors and premise.

  3. I like the trailer. Still wish it was Pegg and David Tennant, but Serkis looks all right. Any idea of when it’s released in the US?

  4. so we’re not getting it over here in the states? bollocks!!

  5. Director John Landis (An American Werewolf in Paris)

    Yeah, um John Landis directed An American Werewolf in London. Might wanna fix that.

    • @ Truf

      Thanks for catching that – no idea how that one got through. :-P

  6. David Tennant was meant to be in Serkis’s role but pulled out due to filming on a US show that never even made it to air. No offense to Serkis, who always puts in a solid performance, but I’d more interested if Tennant was in it.

    That said, I’ll watch Simon Pegg in anything. He’s instantly hillarious.

    • I’ll watch Pegg in anything myself. Really excited to hear that Jessica Hynes is in this as well. I’ve missed seeing those two act together.

      • I didn’t no she was in it either, I’d love to see some more Spaced. I know it would probably ruin it, but I’d love to know what Tim and Daisy are up to right now.,,

        • On the “Spaced: Complete Series” box-set there is a documentary called “Skip to the End” where Edgar Wright, Hynes, and Pegg go back to where they filmed and talk about the series. At the end of that documentary there is a little something Tim and Daisy.

          Plus that box-set has original cast/director commentary and all new commentary with people like Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino. It’s a great watch.

          • Yeah I have the uk version. Doesn’t have the commentaries though.
            I know making more would utterly ruin it, but part of my wants to see those great characters again.

  7. RONNIE CORBET!! yay!

  8. I jump een eet!