Watch: Burke & Hare 2010 123movies, Full Movie Online – Based on the true story of the famous murderers, this movie follows the hapless exploits of William Burke (Simon Pegg) and William Hare (Andy Serkis) as they fall into the highly-profitable business of providing cadavers for the medical fraternity in 19th-century Edinburgh, Scotland, then the center of medical learning. The one thing they were short of was bodies..
Plot: Two 19th-century opportunists become serial killers so that they can maintain their profitable business supplying cadavers to an anatomist.
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Like a Hammer film played for laughs
It is good to see a John Landis film back on the big screen but i feel he missed a trick or two with this average effort. Firstly, for a film set in Scotland i found it odd that the cast was almost entirely English, betraying the roots of the story (and of the English cast only Tom Wilkinson ,a splendid actor, managed to give a good approximation of a Scots accent).
This film felt a bit of a homage to the Hammer films, a point made when a certain Hammer Icon makes a cameo appearance (i won’t name the individual as i don’t want to add a spoiler). I am guessing Landis is a Hammer fan and to be fair to him the sets and locations work quite well, giving Edinburgh a spooky feel to it. Both Pegg and Serkis are OK in the lead roles and do their best to sound Irish. It was also good to see Jenny Agutter make a brief appearance too, especially as she is invariably remembered for appearing in Landis’s American Werewolf in London nearly 30 years ago…a nice touch by the director. In fact there seems to be quite a lot of casting British film and TV icons in this film (Ronnie Corbett being another) so i’m guessing that maybe Simon Pegg or Andy Serkis only agreed to do it if certain British childhood icons of theirs were also given parts.
To be honest the Burke and Hare story has been better done before but this film puts a comedic twist on it that doesn’t always work. The bad language feels unnecessary for a start and the gore isn’t as bad as i thought (certainly not on the levels of the Hostel or Saw films…and not even as graphic as the Final Destination franchise). There are some genuine laughs to be had but usually when Pegg and Serkis are on the screen. The story itself also swings back and forth between gruesome and the unexpected romantic angles that may have been intended to show Burke and Hare as committing their crimes for something other than just greed.
Basically this is a reasonably graphic horror story with heart and morality that has some good laughs but falls flat in a few areas. The cast give it their best shot and whilst it has an old fashioned feel to it in many ways, it is the unnecessary post-modern touches, the inconsistent rate at which the comedy comes and the rather odd casting that jarred me. However do keep an eye out for the odd cameo appearance from some famous actors and comedians.
Lighthearted terror black comedy romp about two men go into business supplying Edinburgh medical college with cadavers by robbing graves.
Good terror/comedy movie with with excellent dark and light atmosphere creating an eerie and creepy scenario . It is set in 1828, Edinburgh , Scotland, murderers William Burke (Simon Pegg) and William Hare (Andy Serkis) provide corpses to surgeon Dr. Knox (Tom Wilkinson) who does medical research on cadavers he buys them , without questioning the unethical procurement methods. The peculiar couple of no-count grave robbers and murderers who are supplying fresh anatomical specimens to esteemed professor Dr. Knox of the Edinburgh Medical College in 19th century Scotland by embarking on a lucrative killing spree. Meanwhile , an obstinate officer begins to suspect the origin of the numerous corpses Hare and Burke provide. Murder was their business!.Coffins Looted! Cadavers Dissected! No Job Too Small. No Body Too Big. No Questions Asked. They’re making a killing. True love costs an arm and a leg. The pimps and the prostitutes and the body-snatchers. The brothels and dens of iniquity.
This is a fine, suspenseful and intriguing horror/comedy movie based on the actual characters of the nasty gravediggers Burke and Hare providing dead bodies for illegal medical research in charge of Dr. Knox , this true story has been adapted a number of times , in fact this interesting tale was adapted by prestigious writer Robert Louis Stevenson himself in the novel The Body Snatcher . In Burke and Hare (2010) medical horror meets hilarious/sex comedy with tongue-firmly-in-cheek . Tension , horror, thriller , and funnny scenes appear lurking , menacing in graveyard , dark slums , home stairs , rooms and cementery . All characters in the story are present and partially correct , with Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis actually doing very well as the eponymous and comical duo and both of whom share the last creepy as well as fun scenes together . And Tom Wilkinson is on hand to ham it as the stubborn scientist Dr Knox. This pair really convey the whole sleaziness/perversity of the subject, and do so in a fun way , too ; it’s a good double-act . Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis give deliciously hammy portrayals , displaying a lively and engaging chemistry as our titular gruesome twosome, while Jessica Hynes, lending fine support as the shrewish Ms. Hare, and Isla Fisher contributes a likable turn as a sweet and gorgeous stage actress. Main and support cast are frankly outstanding . Terrific acting from Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as sinister graverobbers , they create authentic hilarious set pieces as well as displaying frightening and panic , and Tom Wilkinson and Tim Curry do equally compelling turns . Secondary cast is full of a lot of familar faces, such as : Bill Bailey as hangman , David Schofield , David Hayman , Hugh Bonneville, Pollyanna McIntosh , Georgia King , Allan Corduner , Michael Smiley , Ronnie Corbett . And several cameos from Ray Harryhausen , Steven Berkoff , Costa Gavras , Stephen Merchant, Steve Speirs , Michael Winner , Michael Balfour , Jenny Agutter , and the terror myth Christopher Lee.
This Buke and Hare story has been also rendered in the following films : ¨The Body Snatcher¨ by Robert Wise with Boris Karloff , Bela Lugosi, Henry Daniel ; ¨The Flesh and the Fiends¨ (1960) by John Gilling with Peter Cushing, June Laverick , Donald Pleasence , George Rose ; ¨Burke & Hare¨ (1972) by Vernon Sewell with Darren Nesbitt , Harry Andrews , James Hayter , Yutte Stensgaard , among others.
Musical score is nicely composed by Joby Talbot, adding agreeable and imaginative tunes. The film gets the adequate and evocative atmosphere , thanks to cameraman John Mathieson . The motion picture was well directed by John Landis , though it has some shortcomings and flaws . John Landis is a notorious writer/producer/director with a long career . Landis had his period of maxim splendor in the Eighties when he directed classic comedies, such as ¨Kentucky fried movie”, “Into the night”, “Animal house¨ , ¨Trading Places¨and, of course, ¨Blues brothers¨. If you’re into craziness and overacting of the great comical experts , Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis, this picture is for you. This entertaining and amusing film is still one of the funniest in the sub-genre horror/comedy .
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 31 min (91 min)
Genre Comedy, Crime, History
Director John Landis
Writer Piers Ashworth, Nick Moorcroft
Actors Bill Bailey, Tom Wilkinson, Michael Smiley
Country United Kingdom
Awards 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, London, UK (digital intermediate)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 200T 5217, Vision3 500T 5219)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (master format), Super 35 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Fuji)