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John’s Horror Corner: Burying the Ex (2014), a horror comedy RomCom zombedy about an undead love triangle.

September 6, 2017

MY CALL:  More cute and funny than gory, and boasting zero scares, this is more a RomCom Zombedy than horror. It’s breezy and entertaining, but nothing I’d recommend buying unless you’re a big Yelchin or Daddario fan. MORE MOVIES LIKE Burying the ExDeath Becomes Her (1992) is the first thing that comes to mind. For more solidly gross horror comedy in general try Critters (1986), Leprechaun (1993), Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (2009), Piranha 3D (2010), Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010), Final Destination 5 (2011), Piranha 3DD (2012), The Cabin in the Woods (2012), Warm Bodies (2013), Smothered (2014), Housebound (2014), Zombeavers (2014), The Voices (2014),  He Never Died (2015), Cooties (2015), Ava’s Possessions (2015), The Final Girls (2015), What We Do in the Shadows (2015), Krampus (2015; not exactly comedy, but occasionally hilarious), Love in the Time of Monsters (2015), Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015), Deathgasm (2015) and The Greasy Strangler (2016).

Max (Anton Yelchin; Fright Night, Odd Thomas, Green Room) is an omnivorous horror fan living with his girlfriend Evelyn (Ashley Greene; The Apparition, The Twilight Saga) who seems to be his polar opposite, a vegan ecophile who thinks horror is a waste of time.  So, imagine our glee when she dies!

But what’s worse than moving in with the wrong girl?  Well, for Max it’s wishing you’ll always be together in front of some Monkey Paw-ing relic.

Director Joe Dante (Gremlins 1-2, Piranha, The Howling) has mixed horror and comedy before, but now he brings us more of a HorrorRomCom (…HorRomCom?) following the Death Becomes Her (1992) playbook as Max finds himself caught between his recently undead girlfriend and a lovely horror-themed ice cream parlor owner (Alexandra Daddario; Texas Chainsaw 3D, True Detective).

I wish the dialogue was better, but the cast faired rather well with it anyway. Yelchin is likable as always, Daddario is a bubbly meet-cute delight, Oliver Cooper (Project X) delivers the comic relief and Greene seems to embrace her quirky, decaying role.

As RomCom-y as this gets, we still have some gross moments: the embalming fluid projectile vomit, a wicked neck break, some putridly gooey kiss slime and, of course, some zombie attacks.  The zombie attacks are few, but they are awesome fun with some gory flare.

Just be aware, this HorRomCom (…or is it a Zombedy, or a HorRomZomedy?) is more about the humor and story than it is about anything horrorific.  Loads of cute giggles, not much gore.

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