Witching & Bitching

downloadPicked by pure chance Witching & Bitching took full advantage of the blank slate I went in as. I was very impressed with this film, although it does have some tiny flaws. But only tiny ones. Mostly I have nothing but praise for this film, as like I said I’m impressed and I’m not the only one. With Witching & Bitching or Las brujas de Zugarramurdi winning eight awards at the 28th Goya Awards. Most being awards for the films technical achievements. All of which Witching & Bitching most certainly earned. Mostly what I loved about this film as the Dark Comedy aspects, while the repeated reminders that the films about gender politics being what I loved least.

Las brujas de Zugarramurdi aka Witching & Bitching opens with three witches Graciana (Carmen Maura),  Maritxu (Terele Pavez) and Eva (Carolina Bang) reading the future. Which comes off as bit crazy with Christ, a green man, a sponge a taxi and the chosen one all being referenced. We then get introduced to Jose (Hugo Silva), who while dressed as Christ robs a pawn shop/gold store with his ten-year old son Sergio (Gabriel Angel Delgado). They are joined during the robbery by their accomplice Tony (Mario Casas), who’s painted and dressed up as a green army man. Though after he enters the store the robbery quickly turns south, forcing the three men to flee with their stolen loot. But Tony’s girlfriend leaves them behind, taking off alone in the getaway car. So they jump into a taxi driven by Manuel (Jaime Ordonez) and force him to drive them to France. On the way the stuff the man who was in the taxi before them in the trunk. While fleeing to France, Jose’s ex-wife Silvia (Macarena Gomez) is contacted by police investigators Pacheco (Secun de la Rosa) and his partner Calvo (Pepon Nieto), who tell her about her son’s involvement in the robbery and even show her security footage. She handles the information about as well as one would expect. Silvia runs from the police station, jumps in her car and heads after them tracking her son’s phone. Back with Jose and the others, having grown tired and hungry, they stop at a restaurant run by Maritxu, where they learn that they are near the boarder. Which is just past the nearby town of Zugarramurdi, a town inhabited by witches, according to Manuel. After being thoroughly creeped out they jump back in the taxi and head for the border. On the way, in their haste they hit Maritxu who has somehow gotten ahead of them. They remove a necklace of keys from her neck before she disappears.  Thoroughly freaked out they jump back into the car and head out reaching the town. Where they encounter Graciana, who is looking for her mother Maritxu and guilt the men into driving her home. When they arrive, they meet Eva and given a tour of the home, with Jose quickly losing track of his son Sergio. After managing to break away from Eva he eventually finds him with the aid of Graciana, stuffed in an oven being cooked by Maritxu. Jose frees his son and the group flees the house and in the processes, setting down the bag of stolen rings. Once they reach the boarder Jose realizes he’s left the ring behind forcing the men to return to the house of witches…

This film covers a lot of ground and makes good use of the time it does. The characters are fairly well fleshed out, using time spent in the taxi to develop characters. The least fleshed out are actually the witches which is kind of sad, but even they get plenty with rituals, dinners and bits of their family history sprinkled throughout.

I would be lying if I said anything but Carolina Bang was my favorite part. While her character has some strange character development, and the job she does is fantastic and I couldn’t be happier with the job she did.

Like I said earlier, the battle of the sex’s angle got old for me very fast. I do like the relationship between Jose, Sergio and Silvia. It feels like a real relationship and does try to down play the situation. Initially. All the women are witches/evil, and all of them are buffoons/idiots. The worst part is that the subject is focal, but is never given proper resolution in my opinion.

Final thoughts, there’s a lot going on in this movie. Heck, there are whole characters I didn’t cover that are amazing. Luismi, Eva’s brother, played by Javier Botet is fantastic and I wish his character didn’t come on so close to the end. The effects are fun, though a bit cheesy at times and kept reminding me of The Witches. Overall this is a very fun film, that gets a little redundant but stays fun and was well worth the time spent. 9/10


He Never Died

hndaltposterSince Legion (2010), I’ve had a bad taste in my mouth around religiously tinted horror films. But He Never Died stars Henry Rollins, who I’m very much a fan. To the point where the reason I hit play was because of Rollins and I’m really glad that I did as I really enjoyed this film once I allowed myself to get into it.  Though the film leaves enough unanswered or ambiguously answered questions to raise so flags. But, as a mini series is now in the works, I’ll have to wait and see before I can harp on their answers.

He Never Died follows Jake (Henry Rollins) during the course of his normal routine. Which consists solely of attending Bingo Games, eating at a local Diner and making shadowy deals with a hospital intern, Jeremy (Booboo Stewart) to buy blood. One evening, two thugs Steve (David Richmond-Peck) and Short (James Cade), who are looking for Jeremy.  Jake quickly and almost effortlessly beats the pair up after they try and intimidate him.  After he is called by is ex-girlfriend, who reveals that Jake has a daughter, Andrea (Jordan Todosey) and that she was in the city drunk. She asks that he make sure she doesn’t drive home drunk as she prone to do that. He more or less agrees and tells her never call him again. Jake finds her at the home of a man she met at the bar and takes her back to his place. Stopping at the diner for food, where Andrea meets the waitress Cara (Kate Greenhouse), who has a crush on Jake. The next day Jake arrives to meet with Jeremy to find him being abducted by Steve and Short. He follows them and rescues Jeremy, though more because he needs the blood rather than his concern for Jeremy. Due to this, Jake is drugged while at the dinner with Andrea after Bingo by Steve, Short and an accomplice. The three chain up Jake and throw him in the river, for rescuing Jeremy. But Jake comes to and drags the third man down with him. As Short and Steve are leaving, after realizing that their friend wasn’t coming back up, cross paths with Jake who’s somehow survived. He attacks Short, dragging him from the car and tearing out his throat. Which he then eats. When he gets back to his apartment, he scares off Andrea for her own safety. He later gets a phone call informing him the “They” have his daughter. After deciding to save her, Jake enlists the help of Cara. Who learns more about Jake than she’s comfortable with…

What really sells this movie for me Henry Rollins as Jake or as he later revealed Cain. His dry, blunt delivery is perfect for a character who is beyond ancient. The majority of the film’s dark humor comes from Rollins and his spot on delivery. Not that anyone in this film is slouching as the whole cast does a great job.

What I really ended up liking is the writing. It’s well paced and the balance never gets out of sorts. Which was in my opinion, was what was wrong with Legion. The dry humor and the brutal, but downplayed violence work wonderfully together.

Final thoughts, He Never Died is a film that is really worth seeing. While I’ll never say that this film ever frightened me or left any form of afterglow. It did entertain and has played on my mind since its viewing and most definitely a film I plan to watch again. 9/10


pontypoolPontypool should have just went with zombies. As the reasoning behind the zombie like “Conversationlists” is a bit-far flung for my suspension of disbelief. I have a feeling that it worked better in the novel Pontypool’s based on, Pontypool Changes Everything by Tony Burgess. Pontypool has some intense, well shot moments and characters that are both like-able and relatable. There are far more things I like about Pontypool than I dislike and I want to make that clear. Director Bruce McDonald crafts a solid horror film that delivers on the horror.

Pontypool starts with radio shock jock Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) driving to work on a dark, snowy day in the small town of Pontypool. At a red light a woman in distress appears out the dark and snow, bangs on his passenger window, mumbles something that can be heard over the storm before she fades back in the darkness. Unable to see the woman and unnerved, continues to work where he greeted by his co-workers Laurel-Ann Drummond (Georgina Reilly), the audio tech and Sydney Briar (Lisa Houle). Shortly after starting to air, they get unconfirmed reports of a riot of some kind at the office Dr. Mendez (Hrant Alianak). Their weather reporter Ken Lonely (Rick Roberts) calls in describing the scene as chaos with people acting crazed before being cut off. The crew scrabbles to get some kind of confirmation from the police or official channels, but are unable to reach anyone. Ken calls back after taking refuge in a grain silo and describes the scene. As people are trying to eat their way inside of one another before tearing themselves apart. They are also repeating words and phrases. An infected man crashes through the wall after Ken, who becomes blocked by an emergency transmission in French. Laurel-Ann translates the message, which declares Pontypool under quarantine, tells every to stay indoors and avoid terms of endearment along with the English language. Beliving now to be the victim of a hoax or cruel joke Mazzy tries to leave the station when it becomes assaulted by dozens of infected. After barricading the doors, the group’s joined by Dr. Mazzy, who sneaks in through a window, just as Laurel-Ann starts to succumb to the virus, repeating the word Missing and mimicking the sound of a tea kettle. Dr. Mazzy gets Syndney and Mazzy into the sound proof, sound booth. The three watch as Laurel-Ann worsens and the infected breach the station…

I the small cast works incredibly well in this story, as you’re just in the dark to what’s going on as the characters are. The sense of dread is palpitate as the film continues, but does peter out a bit towards the end. The main cast does outstanding work, with Georgina Reilly doing an amazing job. Stephen McHattie, who I mistake for Lance Henriksen far too often and Lisa Houle play great off each other. Though their love story-line feels incredibly shoehorned in and comes kind of out of nowhere. Which is odd as they’re married in real life. The only performance that I didn’t enjoy was Hrant Alianak, who I can’t fault as he was given some of the worst exposition to dump.

My favorite part of Pontypool is after Laurel-Ann’s infected and we get to watch her deteriorate mentally. Which takes place at the same time as Dr. Mazzy gives the worst explanation for what’s happening. That words have become infected and our understanding them allows the virus to propagate. Words are infected. Words. It’s just the worst possible reasoning. Maybe it was better explained and explored in the novel. But here it feels like a hot mess.

The film is simply and at time elegantly shot. With the limitations of the story and set, Bruce McDonald did a great job. Even if his vision did come out a bit like a rehashing of zombies, at the least it felt fresh.

Final thoughts, Good but flawed is how I can best sum up Pontypool. It could have done without trying to explain what was going on or least done so less ham-handedly. Still, it does deliver on the fronts of both dread and revulsion. Crafting an entertaining narrative with strong characters and would easily recommend this film. 8/10

Castle Freak

castlefreakposterCastle Freak started with two solid pro’s. First is that it’s directed by Stuart Gordon, whose films I’ve basically been reviewing this month, and it comes from the Production Company Full Moon Entertainment. I’m a fan of both, though admittedly not a fan of the Sub-Species series from Full Moon. It also stars Jeffery Combs, who I’ve also spent most this month reviewing. Though this certainly isn’t my favorite performance, that honor goes to From Beyond. I’ll get into my feeling on this stuff in a bit. What really drew my eye to Castle Freak, was that it’s described as containing elements of both the Splatter and Slasher Genres. Combine that with H.P. Lovecraft, Castle Freak became something that I had to check out.

Castle Freak opens with Duchess D’Orsino (Helen Stirling), an old woman living alone in a castle, feed her cat, prepare some food and take it to a man (Jonathan Fuller) chained to a wall in a basement. She then beats the hell out of him before giving him the food, before laying down and dying of a heart attack. The film then jumps ahead, John Reilly (Jeffery Combs) has inherited the castle from the Duchess as he is her last living relative. The Duchess being his aunt. John is accompanied by his with wife Susan (Barbra Crampton) and his daughter Rebecca (Jessica Dollarhide).  John and Susan marriage is on bad footing, with Susan blaming John for the death of their son in a car accident that also left their daughter blind. This is because John was drunk, but it was also super stormy and John was distracted by his son crawling around out of his car seat. So, while he should not of been driving drunk, that accident could of very well still happened. John gets help from a pair of locals, Giannetti (Massimo Sarchielli) and his sister Agnese (Elisabeth Kaza). One to help liquidate the estate the other as a cook. While exploring the castle Rebecca comes across the Duchess cat, which she follows into the basement, where she falls and ends up at the door to the cell containing the man. Who is still alive, but starved. Unable to see him, Rebecca leaves to find her way back upstairs. But not before he see’s her. The man, which is more of a beast or a Castle Freak if you will as he is misshapen and grotesque from years of abuse. Catches the cat as it tries to escape his cell and eats it. He then bites and tears off one his own thumbs to escape the manacles that chain him to his cell wall and escapes.The Castle Freak stalks the castle causing even more tension between John and Susan. The Castle Freak eventually escalates to murder, killing a prostitute (Raffaella Offidani) and the maid, Agnese. John is brought under suspicion when the prostitute, Sylvana is reported missing. Leading the police to searching the house and find her body along with the body of Agnese. John is arrested for the crimes, but escapes custody and rushes to the castle to save his family from the Castle Freak.

There’s a lot that this film does right. From the pacing, tight story and great gore effects. It also has some pretty good acting and he castle functions as a great setting to tell this story. But I do have one very major gripe and that’s this films handling of alcoholism. Jeffery Combs never feels like a man struggling with that kind of addiction to me. He plays a lot of lip service to it. His and Susan’s relationship is built around it. It feels like someone going through the motions and that could be what they were going for and his wife Susan has been right all along. His struggle with it never plays out in any meaningful way and felt shoe horned into try and create tension where that didn’t need any to be. Distracting from other themes that are just as serious, like the death of a child.

I’ll give Castle Freak credit. It does not shy away from serious subject matter, alcoholism, the dissolution of a marriage, the death of a child, and coping with and overcoming a disability. This isn’t even getting into the Castle Freak, who I see as an incredibly sympathetic character. One that was made a monster, over being one of his own volition. I like that it approaches all these things in an adult manner.

Final thoughts, Castle Freak didn’t impress me at first. Sure the effects were great and the monster was scary. But, the story felt generic and I didn’t care much for the lead characters. Then Castle Freak lingered, it wafted through my brain just before sleep and stuck with me for a couple of days to follow. That isn’t something that happens often, so when it does I can’t help but take notice. The connection with H.P. Lovecraft here is notably less tangible than Stuart Gordon’s other H.P. inspired works. While not as great as some of Gordon’s other works, Castle Freak is still most certainly worth the watch. 7/10

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

hills_have_eyes_ver2_xlgSo I’m going to end this month on a film Wes Craven Produced, but didn’t write or direct. Those being handled by Grégory Levasseur, who along with Alexandre Aja wrote the script with Alexandre Aja also directing. Now my opinions are a little split here, as I feel this updated version does a better with the sets, violence and the desolate atmosphere. But beyond that, there is no improvement of source material and in a few areas is actually worse. The Hills Have Eyes follows the original script so closely I’m surprised that Craven isn’t given a writing credit as incredibly little has changed. To the point where this remake feels incredibly unnecessary and I fear that just because it’s the most recent, it will pull viewers away from the original. Which I will argue is superior if for no other reason is, it was actually telling an original story, rather than just rehashing one half assedly.

Once again we are following the Carters, Big Bob (Ted Levine), his wife Ethel (Kathleen Quinlan), their children, Bobby (Dan Byrd), Brenda (Emilie de Ravin), and Lynn (Vinessa Shaw), along with her husband Doug (Aaron Stanford) and their baby daughter Katy (Maisie Camillleri Prezoisi). The Carters are on their way to California, for Big Bob’s and Ethel’s silver anniversary. They stop at a gas station owned by Jeb (Tom Bower) to gas up, when their dog Beauty gets away Lynn follows and finds her in the back room of the gas station. Inside, she finds a purse full of money and jewelry, trade taken by Jeb from the people who live in the hills, brought to him by Ruby (Laura Ortiz). Jeb finds her in the back room and she quickly leaves, but Jeb notices that she’s seen the purse. So Jeb tells Big Bob of a short cut, that will take him out into the desert. Out in the desert the families truck tires are punctured, causing them to wreck. After surveying the damage Big Bob decides to hike back the way they came, while Doug is hike off ahead. While Big Bob and Doug are away, Beauty runs off and Bobby chases after her. When he finally catches up, Beauty’s been killed and gutted. Bobby runs back to the camper. But trips, falls into a small ravine and is knocked unconscious. When Big Bob reaches the gas station he finds the purse along with numerous clippings and realizes he and his family were sent into danger by Jeb. Big Bob finds Jeb outside who commits suicide in-front of him, before he’s attacked by Jupiter (Billy Drago). Big Bob is then dragged off into the mines by Lizard (Robert Joy) and Pluto (Michael Bailey Smith). Doug on his end finds a giant crater filled with seemingly abandoned cars. Bobby awakes in the desert and returns to the camper, but doesn’t tell anyone about Beauty. After Doug’s return, the family see’s Big Bob set aflame in the desert and rush to save him, to no avail. While they’re out trying to save Big Bob, Lizard rapes Brenda while Pluto smashes and loots the trailer. When Lynn and Ethel return to get supplies to help Big Bob, Lynn is molested by Lizard, who’s holding her baby hostage. But he’s wounded when Ethel comes in diverting his attention, allowing Lynn an opportunity to attack. This results in both women being killed. Lizard and Pluto flee into the night before the men can return with Lizard vowing to come back for Brenda. Now with his baby taken Doug is forced to follow the mutants into the hills to find his baby, while Brenda and Bobby try to think of a way to save themselves from the mutants return…

So, as I said the film is so close to the original I don’t see why Wes Craven felt it was needed. With the only improvements being the amped up violence and Ted Levine as Big Bob. The changing of Jupiter’s family into mutants caused by radioactive fallout was a nice touch, but is never explored enough for it to be anything more than a gimmick to make them into monsters. In fact, Jupiter and his brood are less developed in this film than they were in the original. Which is kind of criminal as this version runs about fifteen minutes longer.

The sets are vastly improved though, and the inclusion of the old mining town was a great idea. It works beautifully for the backdrop to Doug’s descent into savagery to save his daughter as he fights back against the mutants, with his battle with Pluto being particularly savage and the highlight of the film. The mannequins add a great touch of eerie emptiness that invokes a very chilling effect. But the atmosphere only lasts long enough for Alexandre Aja to throw in some CGI mutant children and the fight scenes, abandoning the atmosphere and tension for revulsion.

Final thoughts, this version is ok. I like it better than the original but not by much and only on the shoulders of Ted Lavine. Other than Ted Lavine, I prefer the cast of the original 1977 cult classic and can’t see this remake ever attaining that kind of status. But, I’ve been wrong before. 6/10

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

hills_have_eyes_1977.previewI expect to get a small amount of flack about his review from friends and readers alike as I didn’t like this movie. At best it was a way to spend 89 minutes while moving images did their best to entertain me, at worst The Hills Have Eyes was boring and tame. I can see its appeal as a cult classic, and how at the time of its release The Hills Have Eyes could have passed as shocking, as they had to tone the film down to get an R rating. But since the original directors cut’s thought forever lost. So, I’ll never get to know exactly what Craven had in mind when making this film. Out of the 89 minutes of footage only one scene stuck me as even remotely scary, this is in all likely hood me being super jaded. The acting is campy and over the top, which is how this film was able to keep me watching it, other than needing to for this review. The Hills Have Eyes might just be my least favorite Wes Craven film.

The Hills Have Eyes follows the Carter family consisting of Big Bob (Russ Grieve), Ethel (Virginia Vincent), their children, Brenda (Suze Lanier-Bramlett), Bobby (Robert Houston), and Lynn (Dee Wallace) along with Lynn’s husband Doug Wood (Martin Speer) and their daughter Katie (Maisie Camilleri Preziosi) as they travel to California. On their way they stop at a small gas station run by old man Fred (John Steadman) and while filling up ask him for directions to an old silver mine that Ethel inherited. Fred informs the family that the silvers been gone for years and there’s nothing back there, but open desert, a military base and worse. The Carters leave never knowing that Fred had his grand-daughter Ruby (Janus Blythe), who’s trying to escape her cannibalistic family in the back, as he was trying to leave the area when they arrived. Soon after their departure, Fred notices Ruby is gone, having returned to her family or taken by them and his truck is destroyed leaving Fred stranded. The Carters get lost trying to find the silver mine and crash their car, breaking the axle evading a rabbit. Big Bob decides to head back to Fred’s Store on foot, while Doug heads off ahead to see if help is closer that way, leaving Bobby behind with the women and dogs at the car and trailer. While night falls Bobby follows one of the dogs, Beauty out in the desert when she runs off. He finds her mangled remains and tries to run back, but trips and knocks himself out. Big Bob arrives back at Fred’s and find him trying to hang himself. After rescuing him, Fred informs Big Bob that his family is in danger, as Fred’s son Papa Jupiter (James Whitworth), who Fred tried to kill with a tire iron after Jupiter murdered his sister and left for dead in the desert, still lives out there with his wife known only as Mama (Cordy Clark) and their maladjusted children. Fred is then attacked by Jupiter and dragged out into the night, while Big Bob looks on in terror. Big Bob races outside and finds Fred dead with his throat slit, prompting him to race back to his family. On his way Big Bob collapses due to his weak heart and being both older and out of shape. After which he’s taken by Jupiter and his family. Bobby wakes up and heads back to the camper, but doesn’t tell anyone about Beauty not wanting to scare them. Soon after Doug returns saying he found the army base, but it was empty, and long since deserted. A while later Big Bob is set on fire in the desert and when the Carters come to save him, Pluto (Micheal Berryman) and Mars (Lance Gordon) ransack the trailer, during which Mars rapes Brenda, who was left sleeping. Ethel and Lynn arrive back at the trailer, and discover what’s happening as Mars tries to steal the baby. Lynn and Ethel try to stop him, but are killed. In the fight Mars is wounded badly by Lynn with the aid of Brenda. Bobby and Doug return to late too help, but once the sun rises Doug sets out to save his daughter…

I’m not all that sure what my grievances are with this film, other than that it’s… tame? But that’s just a mark of the time, and maybe the 2006 remake will hold up better to my more modern sensibilities. But, mostly I think it’s because at the end of the day I just don’t care about the characters. The characters are tame, not the situation they find themselves in. The characters take being stranded in the desert with no help incredibly well, given that from the looks of what they had when they were looted they were in no way prepared for it. I know that’s supposed to be their appeal, the normal American family. Well Big Bob states he’s recently retired from a lifelong career on the police force and has survived a number of deadly situations. But once things start to go south, he certainly doesn’t give off the impression of a man who can handle himself in a dangerous situation.

My other issue is with Jupiter’s family as they too are tame. While yes, they do eat people, set people on fire, steal babies… they do all of this while at the same time being goofy and kind of comical. They never come off as the deadly backwoods menace, especially once the sun comes up. Once the advantage of nightfall and surprise are gone, they kind of suck at being deadly cannibals.

Final thoughts, I’m not sure what else I can say about The Hills Have Eyes as most things have been said. Once I get beyond the blandness of the characters, I just don’t see a lot here. the setting is beautiful. But the same can be said for any film, shot in the desert or out-door local. The acting is memorable just due to the camp elements that do give the film a timelessness. All in all, The Hills Have Eyes just didn’t move me one way or another. It’s simply a film that is. 5/10

Burying the Ex

burying-the-ex-posterIts been well documented that I favor horror comedies. Burying the Ex holds a particular fondness due in large part to the fact that I have a soft spot for romantic comedies and I find the current one star on Rotten Tomato’s to be unjustified. I can’t help but notice that much of the criticism of this film is due to it not being on par with director Joe Dante’s other work, namely The Howling, and Gremlins. Which is incredibly unfair as The Howling in my opinion is boring, where Burying the Ex is no,t and Gremlins is a timeless Christmas classic. So, for me the comparison holds as much weight as if Burying the Ex was being compared to Silent Night, Deadly Night.

The story is simple and very straight forward. Max (Anton Yelchin) is a B-Movie enthusiast, who works in a costume/prop store. Max’s girlfriend Evelyn (Ashley Greene) is an environmentally conscious, professional blogger, who is a bit of a control freak. Who constantly clashes with Max’s half-brother Travis (Oliver Cooper), an adult man-child that use’s Max’s apartment to hook-up with beautiful women. Max receives a Satan Genii statue with instructions claim it will grant a single with the evil way. This wish happens later, when Evelyn is visiting Max work in the form of a promise to always be together. Shortly after Evelyn moves in and starts to elicit more control over Max, while being jealous and over protective. Things start coming to a head when the pair, at Max’s behest stop at an Ice Cream parlor run by Olivia (Alexandra Daddario). Evelyn openly insults Olivia over what she see’s as Max and her flirting. The relationship turns sour when Max comes home from work to find that Evelyn has completely redecorated their apartment, getting rid of or putting way Max’s possessions, accidentally ruining vintage posters in the process. Evelyn is unable to see why Max is upset about this, resulting in Max finally wanting to end the relationship. He asks Travis for advice who gives the classics, namely breaking up in a public place. Max calls Evelyn the next day while she’s at work asking her to meet him at the dog park. Evelyn believing that he got them a dog rushes over to see him, gets hit by a bus and dies in his arms. Max falls into an expected bout of depression following Evelyn’s death, of which he blames himself. At Travis’s urging to get out of the apartment, Max goes out to see a double feature and runs into Olivia. The two share chemistry and start dating, right when Evelyn comes back to life as a zombie. This noticeably complicates Max’s life as he trapped between Evelyn, who see’s her return to life as a sign of their true love and Olivia, who Max now has feeling for and has the added bonus of not being a zombie. But the longer Evelyn is alive the more crazed and possessive she becomes, with intentions to kill Max so they can be together forever…

I’ll admit that Burying the Ex is more a romantic comedy with a bit of horror thrown in. Much in the same style as warm bodies, a film that has horror elements. But, doesn’t try to leave you with any feeling of lasting dread or unease and defiantly favors the elements of black comedy over the elements of horror. Furthermore admittedly the be careful what you wish for moral is very tired and it feels tired in the is film.

Not that Burying the Ex is devoid of horror or fun as the film boasts some memorable moments. All of which focus on Evelyn and just how obsessive, manipulative and generally how toxic her and Max’s relationship is. Especially post mortem Evelyn, who has a marked mental decline and who can blame her? She died and was resurrected by dark magic’s that promised to grant wishes the evil way.  Ashley Greene in my opinion did a great job in the role, adding depth to character in what could be considered a weak script.

Final thoughts, Burying the Ex is a better film than it seems to be getting credit for. Sure it’s no masterpiece of the horror genre like, arguably, some of Joe Dante’s other work. But being scary isn’t only what this film is trying to deliver, and a lot of the film’s flaws in my opinion don’t come from the acting or direction. The former bringing like-able characters you root for and villain you love to hate, along with the later which manages to take a below average script and deliver 88 minutes of entertainment. 7/10