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FILM REVIEW – Burke and Hare

By Elena Cresci


Burke and Hare sees director John Landis return to the big screen with his first feature film in 20 years. In this latest offering, The Blues Brothers, Animal House and Trading Places director attempts to bring humour to a most grisly case of murders, with the help of an array of familiar faces of British comedy. The historical basis of the film lies in the infamous Burke and Hare murders that took place during the 1820’s, when two body-snatchers turned to murder in order to make money from the medical community’s desperate need for cadavers. It’s clear that Landis set himself quite the challenge in making comedy out of such a grisly inspiration.

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