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Burke and Hare and A Fantastic Fear of Everything - badgerblog
September 5th, 2014
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Burke and Hare and A Fantastic Fear of Everything
Burke and Hare is a black comedy wherein Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as two people who a) stumble into supplying human corpses to medical doctors, then to manufacturing corpses when the doctors need more than the pair can gather. Serkis's Hare and Mrs. Hare are arguably at least as horrible people as the tavern-owning foster parents in Les Miserables, Pegg's Burke is forced by circumstance and other motives for his money. A really impressive cast including Tom Wilkinson and Tim Curry as scientists who are mad, but mostly at each other and as professional and personal rivals.

A Fantastic Fear of Everything is Simon Pegg in the modern day as a children's book writer who has spent months researching Victorian murderers for a true crime book for an adult audience, and begins to see his real world populated with ominous portents and evil omens. It was surprisingly flat, a bit dull, and slow - we would have liked it better if it had been a funnier comedy, or a scarier horror movie. Allusions to so many horror and also 1980s films throughout: Psycho, The Terminator, Manhunter (2 references that I noticed), Misery [1].

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