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Simon Pegg Cast in John Landis' New Film 'Burke and Hare'

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August 23, 2009
Source: Dread Central

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We're talking about Animal House and An American Werewolf in London director John Landis. Dread Central is reporting that Simon Pegg has joined the cast of a new film John Landis is directing about the sinister tale of Burke and Hare. The Burke and Hare murders, also known as the West Port murders, were serial murders perpetrated in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1827 and 1828. The killings were attributed to Irish immigrants William Burke and William Hare, who sold the corpses of their 17 victims to the Edinburgh Medical College for dissection. Sounds pretty grotesque and perfect for both John Landis and Simon Pegg.

Landis has most recently been directing episodes of "Psych", so its good to see him back on a feature. This is apparently confirmed news, as Dread spoke to Landis himself at the Monster-Mania Convention in New Jersey this weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing Landis back and seeing Pegg take on another horror comedy, which it sounds like this will be. In fact, IMDb describes is as "a black comedy about two 19th century grave robbers who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school." And they have a hilarious tagline: "No Job Too Small. No Body Too Big. No Questions Asked." Bring it on!

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  • I think the suspicions were raised when a young medical doctor who enjoyed sleeping with prostitutes went to class one day to dissect a body and found the girl he had been in bed with the night before infront of him. It might make a good comedy, but it will be a pretty dark one.
  • A horror-comedy from the director of An American Werewolf In London? Sign me up! :)
  • Professor Brian O'Bilivion
    I was at the MonsterMania Con, and was privileged enough to talk with him for about 10-15 minutes, because he was a late arrival Friday, and not many knew he was there. Let me just say, that he is an astounding director and a great guy to talk with, no matter how brief. I am sure he is gonna do this film right, it is up his alley and he mentioned he was doing this picture and seems confident it will be awesome. I can't wait to see him up on the big screen again, it's been WAY too long.
  • beavis4play
    sounds great!
  • last Son
    Alex you say that it's good to see John Landis back on feature. Are you you kidding me. He has not made a great film since "Coming To America" which was way back in 1988. Since then he has made one crap film after the other The John Landis Crap List Of Movies: 1. Oscar (1991) 2. Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) 3. The Stupids (1996) 4. Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) He should have stayed retired from feature films. He made some really awesome films back in the 1980's, but like Eddie Murphy's career path, has not made anything great since the 1980's.
  • #5 That's not to say another good film isn't in him, provided he has the right material. His TV work has been very encouraging - during that fallow big-screen phase during the nineties he worked on the excellent comedy series Dream On, which is still one of my favourite shows. He also made a great documentary in 2004 called Slasher - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0375073/ - check it out. Everyone goes through bad periods in their lives, but that doesn't mean that they are beyond redemption.

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