Burke & Hare is a British black comedy film, loosely based on the Burke and Hare murders. Directed by John Landis, the film stars Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as William Burke and William Hare respectively. It was Landis's first feature film release in twelve years, the last being 1998's Susan's Plan. The film was released in the United Kingdom on 29 October 2010.
The film opens in Edinburgh with a narration by Angus the Hangman (Bill Bailey), telling of how the corpses of those hanged by himself are transported to Dr. Robert Knox (Tom Wilkinson) to dissect, while his rival Dr. Alexander Monro (Tim Curry), who wants Knox's job, is left to amputate body parts of living people. Just then, Monro's assistant Charles Darwin (Christian Brassington) arrives with a forged letter stating that dead bodies must be sent to Monro. Angus is then left to tell Knox's assistant, Patterson (Michael Smiley), that the bodies are now being given to Monro. Patterson delivers the message to Knox.
The film then switches to William Burke (Simon Pegg) and William Hare (Andy Serkis), two immigrants from Ireland, attempting to sell cheese mould which they state is growing moss. When they are found out, they