13 Nights of Halloween: Burying the Ex
Anton Yelchin captured my heart many moons ago with his performance in Charlie Bartlett and as the titular character in Odd Thomas. When the sun rises, I still find myself infatuated with the actor, and recently, his performance as Max in Burying the Ex solidified the film as one that I’ll have to rewatch every so often. If you’ve ever had a toxic relationship that you were desperate to leave but couldn’t manage to break free from, this is for you. Although I doubt you had the undead keeping track of your whereabouts and pestering you in joining their ranks.
Max has a job I could only ever dream of! He works in a shop that specializes in horror paraphernalia, and when the customers leave satisfied he tells them to go to hell. Seriously, if you work in retail I know you’d be more than happy to tell that to a customer or two. Max’s relationship with Evelyn (Twilight‘s Ashley Greene) seems somewhat average until it dawns on you how toxic she is. While Max is working the shop, he receives a package containing a devil genie that seems to grant wishes with a hint of evil to it. While in the presence of the devil genie, the couple promise to be together always and forever, though Evelyn’s manipulative and dark side begins to show when she moves in with her boyfriend, insulting an ice cream shop employee (Percy Jackson‘s Alexandra Daddario). It doesn’t take long for Max to contemplate his relationship, culminating in him ready to part ways.
Here’s the fun part of the film. Not even thirty minutes into the film tragedy strikes as Evelyn is struck down by a speeding bus. Though he was ready to leave his girlfriend, her death has severely impacted him emotionally. With encouragement from his half-brother (Oliver Cooper) Max begins seeing the ice cream shop employee from earlier. Now, if you remember that Evelyn promised to be with Max forever, the devil genie took her words to heart and resurrects the dead girl. And if you can think of any awkward moments involving a living dead girlfriend, then it probably happens in the film. Suffice it to say, the dead have a hard time of letting go and is intent on their love being eternal.