New from director Joe Dante (“Gremlins”, “Innerspace”) comes a comedy horror film “Burying The Ex”. The film was written by Alan Trezza and is based on his own 2008 short (15 minute) film of the same name.
Max (Anton Yelchin – “Star Trek”, “Odd Thomas”) is a horror film fan who works in a horror memorabilia shop and has aspirations of opening his own similar business.
Max’s girlfriend Evelyn (Ashley Greene – “Twilight Saga”, “The Apparition”) seems to write a blog for a living. An environmentally-conscious vegan, she makes Max give up meat and dairy, sell his car because it’s not a hybrid and belittles his job.
When she moves in with Max, Evelyn gets rid of his treasured rare horror movie posters and gives the apartment an eco-friendly makeover. Max realises she’s not the one for him but two things stop him dumping her immediately – the great sex and his own cowardice!
Evelyn is also cramping the style of Max’s half-brother Travis (Oliver Cooper – “Project X”, “Runner Runner”) who liked to use Max’s apartment for his anonymous trysts before Evelyn moved in.
When Max takes Evelyn to an ice cream parlour one day as he fancies a malted they meet Olivia (Alexandra Daddario – “San Andreas”, “Texas Chainsaw 3D”), the proprietor, and Max hits it off with her over their shared interest in all things horror themed. Insanely jealous, Evelyn storms off but makes up with Max when they promise to be together forever.
At length Max plucks up courage to break up with Evelyn, only to see her run down and killed by a bus as she arrived to meet him, leaving him feeling even more guilty about wanting to break up with her.
Nonetheless, this does leave Max free to strike up a relationship with Olivia. Unfortunately, however, when he and Evelyn had made their earlier promise it had been within hearing range of a devil genie that had come into the memorabilia shop which promised to make their desires come true – but in an evil way – meaning that Evelyn’s not out of the picture after all…
Yelchin and Cooper are effective enough as the half-brothers with not a lot going for them, and Daddario provides a good performance in her role. Probably the best performance, though, is that of Greene who manages to portray the neurotic / controlling girlfriend role very well. You do feel that all four probably had a good time with their respective characters.
Shot in just twenty days, though it doesn’t look in any way rushed, this isn’t a bad film by any means. However, it’s not brilliant. There are too many things that don’t quite add up. For example, why exactly are so many seemingly hot and desirable women so keen to sleep with Max and Travis? Without wishing to seem too shallow, neither are your stereotypical Hollywood hunk leading man type, and neither character has much going for them materially either…
More specifically – and here’s a spoiler alert – having risen from the dead Evelyn is seemingly unable to die (breaking her neck doesn’t do it) but a machete through the back finishes her off?! And why does Travis come back to life? He wasn’t around or included in the devil genie wish, so how does that happen??
Ultimately, sit back and don’t think about it too hard and it’s an enjoyable enough comic-book influenced horror comedy movie, so worth giving it a shot…