John Landis probably hopes that comedy does indeed equal tragedy plus time where it concerns his career. For about a ten-year period between 1978 and 1988, Landis was the comedy director, churning out one hit after another, including Animal House, Amazon Women on the Moon, Spies Like Us, Trading Places, Coming to America and Three Amigos. Then tragedy struck, and I’m not talking about the helicopter crash that killed three people on the set of The Twilight Zone in 1983. I’m talking about Sylvester Stallone’s Oscar and Blues Brothers 2000, and the many other flops that have plagued Landis’ late career.
He’s back now, after a stint directing television, and it was probably 80s status that fetched him the cast for Burke and Hare, a grave-robbing horror comedy that stars Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Tom Wilkinson, and Isla Fisher. The trailer comes replete with silly gags and broad comedy that’s obscured by the period setting and the superior cast. I do not think, however, that Burke and Hare represents much of a return to form, so much as a last gasping effort. I hope Landis proves me wrong.
Check out the trailer. What do you think?