Burke and Hare (2011)
From John Landis, the director of Animal House and The Blues Brothers, Burke & Hare is adark comedy/thriller staring Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Curry and Isla Fisher as the unfortunate denizens of 19th century Edinburgh, a setting rife with murder, theft, prostitution, corpse snatching, experimental medicine, and of course Shakespeare. -- (C) IFC Films
- R (for some sexual content, disturbing images and language)
- Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense , Comedy
- Directed By:
- John Landis
- Written By:
- Ernie Bradford , Piers Ashworth , Nick Moorcroft
- In Theaters:
- Sep 9, 2011 Limited
- On DVD:
- Dec 20, 2011
- Box Office:
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Critic Reviews for Burke and Hare
Rarely has the ratio of quality talent to dismal returns been as high as in "Burke & Hare,'' a macabre British period piece that's nowhere near as funny as it thinks.
"Burke and Hare" is a waste of a good cast and a better story, as well as a hollow reminder of how John Landis seemingly has lost his touch.
A droll take on one of the most notorious mass-murder cases of the 19th century.
It's just scene after scene of two obnoxious people killing various other obnoxious people.
All of the actors are enjoying themselves, and the movie is stuffed with history, atmosphere and vivid characters. What's in short supply, though, is laughter.
To call it a black comedy is probably misleading: It's grey at best, and apart from a few scattered chuckles, it dies as quickly and gracelessly as Burke and Hare's victims.
Burke And Hare is a damning return for Ealing. It's self conscious and off putting cameos ruin the film. Full of misjudged humour, mixing immature humour with overly mature gore makes this one not funny in the slightest.
Landis is too out of practice. I'm not sure 1981 Landis would have nailed it, but I know 2011 Landis doesn't.
A misfire to be sure, Burke & Hare's comedic timing feels one step off, resulting in a film with solid performances and an amusing story, but not many laughs and not much replay value.
Not a first-ranked film, but for fans of horror or even just comedy, BURKE AND HARE is will worth seeing.
'Burke & Hare', it's all a bit Monty Python without enough Monty or Python.
Landis, the master comic talent behind Animal House and An American Werewolf in London, falters with this rusty comeback, his first feature since 1998.
...simply too mild - it's neither very scary nor very funny. It's not great.
Expectations can be a bad thing for movies, and Burke And Hare is a good example of this.
A mildly funny dark comedy with iconic British wit and tongue-in-cheek humor.
John Landis returns with a macabre spoof of Enlightenment Scotland, starring Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as entrepreneurial serial killers furthering the cause of science...and the arts.
The actors give the whole thing a sense of genial goodwill, but that's not exactly what you want out of a movie about two craven murderers.
Audience Reviews for Burke and Hare
It's supposedly a horror comedy according to the marketing strategy it used. Question is was it scary? No. Was it funny? Sometimes. The fact is it's been panned since release but it's not an entirely bad movie. John Landis who brought us An American Werwolf in London; a hilarious and original horror comedy has the perfect cast at his disposal. But they were far too restrained by the flimsy script to make full use of their comedic talent. When you have Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis and Ronnie Corbet you have to provide them with the best material and often this film doesn't deliver. There's a lot worse out there, it isn't Shaun of the Dead but Burke and Hare gives off frequent chuckles and a couple good laughs but not enough ultimately to sustain it's running time. It's fair at best.
Yes, there is a fair bit of comedy thrown into the mix along with some prestigious actors and actresses, for a grim-ish yet relaxing saturday afternoon flick.More
Cast: Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Isla Fisher, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Curry, Ronnie Corbett, Hugh Bonneville, David Schofield, Allan Corduner
Director: John Landis
Summary: Director John Landis rolls out his first feature film in more than a decade with this black comedy based on the true exploits of two 19th-century body snatchers, played by Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis. When Burke and Hare's successful business -- selling corpses to the Edinburgh Medical College for dissection -- is hampered by a supply shortage, the men are forced to take drastic measures.
My Thoughts: "The film had a lot of potential but it fell flat. The acting was on point, the concept was interesting, but it still felt long and boring. I expected much more for this film with the cast it has. It lacked the humor I was hoping for. You will get a laugh or two, but nothing like I'm use to seeing with a Simon Pegg film. Although I did find Jessica Hynes to be best part of the film. She was the one who brought the laughs. Unfortunately this movie just ended up being dull and not worth the hour and half."
Burke and Hare Quotes
- William Hare:
- A man's going to die from the moment he leaves his mother's womb. Their fate's already been determined.All we'd be doing is helping them along a bit.
- Helen McDougal:
- And what do you do?
- I'm in surgical supplies.
- Doctor Monroe:
- And how are your students enjoying your lectures?
- Doctor Knox:
- Not as much as they are enjoying your wife, sir!
- Now when the demand for a certain commodity exceeds the supply, it creates a business opportunity just waiting for the right kind of clever entrepreneurs to step in.
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