The film follows Max (Anton Yelchin) and Evelyn (Ashley Greene) as their relationship takes a nose dive once they move in together. Max discovers how controlling and manipulative Evelyn is but he’s too scared to break up with her. When fate steps in and Evelyn dies in a freak accident, newly-single Max prepares to move on with Olivia (Alexandra Daddario). His romantic life becomes complicated when Evelyn rises from the grave and sets out to get her boyfriend back, even if that means turning him into one of the undead. (synopsis via Coming Soon)
People like love A LOT.
The Bible waxes lyrical about its many virtues, there’s a whole movie genre devoted to its comedic and romantic possibilities, not to mention an entire arm of the publishing industry given over to the fantasy of its perfect embodiment and we even give up one of our precious 365 days of the days to celebrate it, sustaining the flower, restaurant and chocolate industries in the process.
We seriously LOVE love.
But we’re not keen, and understandably so, when it turns into disinterest, control freakiness, convenience or a thousand and one other lacklustre emotions that mark the end of what might have once been a flourishing piece of Cupid’s handiwork.
Which is why when things get that bad, and look unsalvageable, we generally tend to throw the romantic baby out with the bathwater and call it a (Valentine’s) day and move on to greener pastures o’ love, lust and passion.
But what would you do if the love you had left behind, a love that had incidentally both metaphorically and literally died by the way, came back from the grave and proceeded to make all that moving on you were doing infinitely and horrifically more complicated.
Why you’d be in the equivalent of Romancing the Walking Dead – which is not a show but totally should be; although I imagine the date parts of the night would be fairly uncommunicative, swift and bloody – OR in Joe Dante’s new horror comedy film Burying the Ex.
A remake of a 2008 short film by Alan Trezza, who handed the story and the helming of its longer feature cousin to Dante, best known for Gremlins and The ‘Burbs (incidentally the only movie I’ve ever walked out on; sorry Joe, I was younger and sillier then), it looks like one of those classic so-bad-its-good films that are delight to watch, even if they are little cheesy and over the top.
We get to find out just how love’s much-vaunted cred suffers when Burying the Ex opens on 19 June 2015 in USA.