Burke and Hare

de John Landis



Edinburgh, 1928. Two small-time crooks stumble onto the business of their lives when they start dealing in dead bodies. The two main characters make the most of a shortage of corpses after the death penalty has been abolished to get rich quick by selling dead bodies to the local medical school. Corpses in strange positions, a femme fatale, two crazy body snatchers and more than one memorable cameo (look for Christopher Lee or Ray Harryhausen): John Landis, the king of comedy with horror overtones, goes back to his old ways with a movie that delves deep into the domains of black humor.


John Landis

Chicago, 1950. He began his career in cinema as an errand boy for Fox. Between the seventies and the eighties he chalked up big blockbusters like Animal House (78), The Blues Brothers (80) and An American Werewolf in London (81). He was also responsible for Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ music video.

Technical information

Edition: 2011
Section: Official Fantàstic Panorama
Original language: English