August 7, 2015 Burying the Ex (Movie Review)
Burying the Ex, the newest undead tale from legendary director Joe Dante, is a screwball Horror Comedy of errors that will leave viewers scrambling to tell their friends what they really think about them, before those friends come back to bite them in the ass – literally. Famed for other Horror Comedies such as Gremlins (1984), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), Piranha (1978), The ‘Burbs (1989) and the segment titled “It’s A Good Life” from Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), Dante writes a horrific love letter to his fans in Burying The Ex, combining current cultural fads with classic Horror movie charms, resulting in a movie that keeps genre buffs hooked with its uncomfortably hilarious script and frequent nods to industry greats. The movie stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek movie series, Fright Night 2011), Ashley Greene (Twilight movie series, Skateland 2010), and Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson movie series, Texas Chainsaw 3D 2013), three up and coming young actors who have already made their marks on some of this decade’s most talked about movie series.
Released in the US on June 19th on VOD through Image Entertainment and on DVD August 4th, Burying the Ex was written by Alan Trezza, the man responsible for the 2008 short of the same name, and was co-produced by a plethora of show biz newcomers, including Trezza, Mary Cybriwsky (Midnight Man 2013, Sticky Notes 2016), Carl Effenson (Hideaway 2011, Someplace Better Than Here 2011), David Johnson (The People Speak 2009, The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby 2011), Frankie Lindquist (Midnight Man 2013, Reach Me 2014), and Kyle Tekiela (alt.news 26:46 TV series, Intruder 2015). On the other hand, the music was composed by the renowned Joseph LoDuca, the man responsible for the scores from Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead series, the Jack of All Trades TV series, and tongue-in-cheek film My Name is Bruce (2007), all of whom have starred the immortal Bruce Campbell. Filmed in Los Angeles over a short twenty day shooting span, Burying the Ex was a labor of love for Dante, who waited over seven years to see this film come to fruition.
How hard is it to break up with someone? It can be pretty hard, especially for milquetoast Max (Yelchin), whose girlfriend, Evelyn (Greene), has had complete control over his life – from what movies he watches to what hours he works at his Horror collectable novelty shop job – for their entire relationship. A chance encounter with like-minded ice cream shop owner, Olivia (Daddario), and a no-holds-barred tongue threshing from his half-brother, Travis (Oliver Cooper), leaves Max questioning his happiness with Evelyn. It is not until his Environmental Nazi girlfriend moves in with him and completely renovates his apartment – folding up and hiding away his priceless classic movie posters to hang organic artwork and recycling containers – that Max decides he has finally had enough. He asks Evelyn to meet him in a crowded park to break it off. Thinking he is going to ask her to marry him, Evelyn runs across the street to Max – where she is hit by a speeding bus and dies.
After some time, Max gets on with his life, even going out with Olivia a few times, an act that makes him realize that he spent way too long being unhappy and is now ready to be with someone he actually enjoys. But true love follows no rules, and Evelyn will not let anything keep her from her darling Max, even death and decomposition. She rises from the grave and hunts down her beloved, leaving Max to juggle his Horror-loving new girlfriend and his horrifying dead ex.
Although not a Comic book movie, Burying the Ex has a Tales from the Crypt vibe, with relatable, but over the top, characters and a rather gory ending that will resonate with fans of both Dante and EC Comics. While the movie may seem more Comedy than Horror, there is no doubt that the putrefying yet inescapable Evelyn will make even the most hardcore genre fans squirm. For a night of humor, Horror, and hideousness, look no further than Burying the Ex. CrypticRock gives Burying the Ex 4.5 out of 5 stars.