For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story of (William) Burke and (William) Hare, they are serial killers…in the early 19th century. After ending their unfortunate victims’ lives, Burke and Hare would sell the corpse to an anatomy lecturer, Doctor Robert Knox; who used the bodies for dissection sessions. Crime of such magnitude could not been the sole work of two men. The number of accomplices they had only deepened the mystery.
Based on the true story a pair of the U.K.’s earliest serial killers, William Burke and William Hare, gravediggers who lucratively sold the corpses of their victims to a medical college for dissection. Burke & Hare is a comedic take on the true story of the 1828 Edinburgh body-snatchers William Burke (Simon Pegg) and William Hare (Andy Serkis). These two Irish entrepreneurs discover that a dead body can fetch a hefty price when the demands of the leading medical professors Dr. Knox (Tom Wilkinson) and Dr. Monroe (Tim Curry) reach beyond that of the local supply.
From director John Landis; the black comedy cast includes Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Tim Curry, Christopher Lee, Isla Fisher, Tom Wilkinson, Jessica Hynes, David Schofield, and Pollyanna McIntosh.