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Pegg + Landis = Burke and Hare

23 August 2009 11:06 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Simon Pegg's full-frontal assault on Hollywood looks set to continue, with the news from horror maestros Dread Central that he'll be heading up a new version of the gruesome Burke and Hare legend, directed by John Landis.William Burke and William Hare, to refresh your memory, were the nineteenth-century murderers with the resourceful motive of selling their victims to the Edinburgh Medical College for dissection by the students. They were caught in 1828, whereupon Hare was given immunity from prosecution for telling on Burke, who was promptly hung and publicly dismembered in the name of medical science.The story has made the screen several times before: not least as The Flesh and the Fiends with Peter Cushing and Donald Pleasance, The Anatomist with Alistair Sim, and The Doctor and the Devils with Timothy Dalton.But a new version is completely welcome if it means the return of John Landis, who, »

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