Burying The Ex (2014) Blu-ray

134558_frontI’ve been a fan of director Joe Dante for a long time, since Piranha (1978). Some of my other favorites of his are The Howling (1981), Gremlins (1984), Explorers (1985), Innerspace (1987), and The ‘Burbs (1989). It’s kind of a different story when it comes to his newer movies, Trapped Ashes (2006) and those two episodes of Masters Of Horror (The Screwfly Solution, Homecoming) did nothing for me. IMDB states he only did the wraparound on the Ashes anthology, I don’t think I even got past the first ten minutes of that one. The jury is still out on The Hole (2009). I’ve never seen that one but I still want to. His newest feature, the horror comedy, Burying The Ex, is good but I wasn’t over the fence about it.

It reminds me of a similar movie I reviewed last year called, Life After Beth (2014), and that film in turn gave me flashbacks to Ed And His Dead Mother (1993). In fact, those two and Burying The Ex would make for a nice triple feature viewing.

In Dante’s flick Anton Yelchin is Max and while he has a hot girlfriend where I can imagine the sex is vigorously rewarding, she isn’t the perfect match for him. She’s clingy and obsessive and not just with him. She’s very green, as in she’s very fanatic about keeping her and his carbon footprint to a minimum. None if it were totally up to her. Max is someone we genre lovers can relate to. He loves horror movies, especially the classics and has plans some day to open up his own Halloween shop. In the meantime he works for one and on this particular day a shipment of novelties and costumes come in. It’s the Satan genie that’s the real attention grabber. A bobble head-type toy that claims it can grant your wishes but being Satan an all they’ll be results will be quite hellish rather than rewarding. One day after Evelyn (Ashley Greene) comes down to the shop, dresses in one of those slutty costumes the shop just got in and banged the hell out of him, she promises to never leave him. She does this in the presence of the Satan genie and the Satan genie goes all FX’y, signifying her wish has now been granted.

As the days wear on it’s clear Max needs to break up with her, but he’s not used to being the breaker, he’s more the breakee, and consults his forever poon-tang seeking half-brother, Travis (Oliver Cooper), for advice on how to do this. He recommends some place public, like a park, just in case she goes mental on him. He picks the local dog park, calls her at work and tells her to meet him there. As she exits her car and crosses the street a bus slams into her and kills her. Obviously Max blames himself, who wouldn’t, but at least Evelyn is no longer in his life and in the following days he strikes up a new relationship with someone more in line with his genre sensibilities. Her name is Olivia (Alexandra Daddario) and she owns a malt shop in town and loves horror flicks. A match finally made in heaven. Well, it would have been had Evelyn not crawled from her grave and returned to the apartment they shared, right after Max and Olivia were considering banging each other.

In this one the recently raised up knows she was dead and knows she just crawled out of her own grave. Yeah, she knows she’s a zombie, but she’s all right with that. And apparently in this flick returning from the dead makes you really horny. The first thing she wants to do is jump Max’s bones. He declines, politely, with plausible excuses, which is a good thing because telling Zombie Evelyn, no, puts Max in a bad situation. She’s also strong as all hell. Stronger than an average human, and she gets all bat shit crazy when Max resists her advances or her ideas. And the worst idea she could ever come up with is to kill Max so he can become like her and together they’ll live happily ever after.

Yeah, this is what she wants to do.

This puts his new budding romance with Olivia on the sidelines, he never tells her though his ex is some kind of zombie, he just acts suspiciously like a dude who’s cheating when ever she calls and Olivia’s in the presence of that phone call.

After trying to juggle this sidelined romance and the re-occupation of his apartment and life by a zombified ex, like before he comes to the conclusion Evelyn has to go. But how do you break up with your zombie ex?

You don’t.

You have to re-kill her.

Max can’t do it, so Travis chooses to take that bullet for him. Besides she and Evelyn never got along, so this’ll be a piece of cake. You would think, wouldn’t ya, but as he slides the machete out from under the couch (he was going to take he undead head off), the zombie ex finally gets in touch with the brain-eating side of being a zombie and basically kills and eats kim.

How does this whole, twisted episode of “Three’s Company” resolve itself? Not as bloodily as you might think, but just as crazy as you’d expect from a now dead obsessed, and forever jealous, zombie ex.

Video/Audio/Subtitles: 1080p 2.40:1 high definition widescreen—5.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio—English SDH subtitles.

Video and audio looked and sounded great!

There are no extras on this but the customary trailers for other Image Entertainment flicks. A missed opportunity in my book. A Dante commentary would have been great, he’s fun to listen to.


About Shawn Francis

Movie collector and horror writer.
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