Sunday, August 23, 2015

Burying the Ex (Image Blu-ray)

What movies do you think of when you think of Joe Dante? For me it's Piranha and The Howling. I think of The Burbs. These are mean little movies with some comedy, gore and some pretty fun effects usually with outstanding casts. The Howling still has my favorite werewolf transformation and one of my favorite end credit songs. Of course there's that little picture called... Gremlins too. We all know how great that is, and if there's one thing we know with absolute certainty it's that Joe Dante, cinephile and brilliant film mind, knows how to balance comedy with Horror to create something special that is lasting. Burying the Ex at first glance has all the trappings of a truly fun rom zom com with a bunch of hot actors and a lovable Anton Yelchin as the mixed up mate in love (or falling out of love) with Miss wrong.  Does the picture hold up to further scrutiny.

Decidedly no. Unfortunately Burying the Ex plays out quite a bit like Warm Bodies (which I enjoyed) without the feeling of meta irony that I felt while watching Bodies. It's exactly what the cover looks like and the story doesn't deviate from comedy plot A and zombie spin B. Yes Yelchin is good, but we've seen him do better. I love his character and his world of macabre costuming and Horror art collecting but just because I can identify with him doesn't mean I'm going to fall for the formula and seemingly a lack of effort. I also adore Alexandra Daddario, but she's just feels second fiddle in this picture. Underused.

Simply put and not to be mean to a truly excellent director, I didn't get much out of Burying the Ex. The HD presentation is great and I still love the cover art. I just wished this felt like Joe Dante finding a spark in the played out rom zom com to spark something inside me to care, but unfortunately, I'm left waiting for a proper sequel to The Howling and settling for Dante's awesome extra work on the recent Arrow Spider Baby Blu-ray.

You can pick up Burying the Ex now. It has an audience. It truly does, but I'd be hard pressed to recommend this to true horror folks. Twilight-ers should apply. Serious gore hounds, Dante fans and fans of clever, funny zombie pictures like Return of the Living Dead will be disappointed. This is meant for the youngens and the easily-frighteneds.

I still haven't gotten to see the short film entitled Burying the Ex that served as inspiration for the full length. Starring Danielle Harris! I have to check it out.

From Image:

It seemed like a great idea when all-around nice guy Max (YELCHIN) and his beautiful girlfriend, Evelyn (GREENE) moved in together. But when Evelyn turns out to be a controlling, manipulative nightmare, Max knows it’s time to call it quits. There’s just one problem: he’s terrified of breaking up with her. Fate steps in when Evelyn is the victim of a fatal, freak accident, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. Just as Max is thinking about moving on with what could be his dream girl, Olivia (DADDARIO) – Evelyn has returned from the grave and is determined to get her boyfriend back...even if that means transforming him into one of the undead.

1 comment:

  1. I think this is something I wouldn't mind watching, and def something my fiancee would enjoy. She loves sappy romance flicks, and zombie flicks, so it's a win-win! Hahaha.

    Do you think the zombie ex's name is Evelyn, as a reference to "The Night Evelyn Came Out of Her Grave?" Or am I giving the screenwriters too much credit here.

    Also, also, checkout Joe Dante's THE HOLE. It's like a spiritual successor to Poltergeist.