Movie Reviews 101 Halloween Midnight Horror – Burying the Ex (2014)

burying the exDirector: Joe Dante

Writer: Alan Trezza (Screenplay)

Starring: Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, Alexandra Daddario, Oliver Cooper

Plot: A guy’s regrets over moving in with his girlfriend are compounded when she dies and comes back as a zombie.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Fun Comedy Horror

Story: Burying the Ex starts with Max (Yelchin) involved in a relationship with Evelyn (Greene) who has been changing him much against his step brother Travis’ (Cooper). Max works in a Horror shop and after he gets a new shipment including a Satan Genie which the young couple promise to be together forever. After the two move in together Max is having second thoughts about the relationship and tries to figure out a way to end their relationship, but on the way to meet Max, Evelyn is hit and killed by a bus.

When Max trying to move on meets Olivia (Daddario) the perfect girl for him he gets the shock of his life when Evelyn comes back from the dead to keep the promise the two made to be together forever, this lives Max struggling with finding a way to get rid of Evelyn forever.

Burying the Ex is a comedy that I actually liked because you all know by now that I struggle to enjoy comedy films. I liked how this film handles the idea of clingy ex’s when one person clearly wants to move on. I liked how the idea that the decomposing reflexes how the relationship is going. My only negative on the story is that it feels like it is very much for the certain fans and not for everyone.

Actor Review

Anton Yelchin: Max is the horror expert who is currently living with his over demanding girlfriend, he wants to break up with her but upon getting around to it she gets killed. While trying to move on with the dream girl his ex comes back from the dead trying to make a promise the two made continue. Max has to find a way to get rid of his ex before the new girl finds out about her. Anton gives us a good comedic performance without being stupid comedy.max

Ashley Greene: Evelyn is Max’s girlfriend, she is vegan and controls Max’s life, she gets very attached to Max but gets killed when she thinks everything is going well. She comes back from the dead stronger and even more clinging than before trying to keep the romance going. Ashley gives us a good performance playing what comes off as a bitch but also in need of someone in her life.

Alexandra Daddario: Olivia is the perfect girl for Max, she loves all the horror movies he does and has similar ambitious, after Evelyn dies she starts a romance with Max but Evelyn becomes a stumbling block in any potential relationship. Alexandra brings us a good performance showing she is moving into more adult roles.

Oliver Cooper: Travis is the step-brother of Max who he goes to when he needs relationship advice, he has an ability to attract beautiful woman even when he treats them like dirt. Oliver makes for perfect comedy relief character for this film.

Support Cast: Burying the Ex really doesn’t have much of a supporting cast with just being in one scene if they do show up.

Director Review: Joe DanteJoe brings his style of horror comedy into this film that gets laughs, references and plenty of gore.

Comedy: Burying the Ex has plenty of laughs throughout with plenty going towards horror references.

Horror: Burying the Ex has horror moments with most being references and simple gore.

Romantic: Burying the Ex uses the idea of ending and starting a relationship with the chemistry between the new love.

Settings: Burying the Ex has a couple of settings which work to show the character everyday life without using any over the top settings.
Special Effects: Burying the Ex has good special effects to show the decaying side of Evelyn.

Suggestion: Burying the Ex is one to watch because it really is just fun. (Watch)

Best Part: Travis reaction to Evelyn still being alive.

Worst Part: It would end up looking like it would only be good for a set audience.

Funniest Scene: Travis reaction to Evelyn still being alive.

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Life After Beth, Clinger

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

Tagline: Some relationships just won’t die.

Overall: Horror comedy that is filled with laughs and gore


Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

logoDirector: Joe Dante

Writer: Charles S Haas (Screenplay) Chris Columbus (Characters)

Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Prosky, Robert Picardo, Christopher Lee, Haviland Morris


Plot: The Gremlins are back, and this time, they’ve taken total control over the building of a media mogul.


Verdict: Over-The-Top Sequel


Story: After an unknown amount of time has gone past Billy and Kate have now moved to the Big Apple to further their careers. We end up having a chance encounter with Gizmo after his owner dies. We also have the same idea Gizmo gets wet and the evil gremlins come to life and run riot over a media town and its genetics lab. We are left to see if Billy can save the day again.

This is basically more of the same but only it seems to want to take the piss out of what the original did. It works when it comes to the genetic gremlins as we get a weird and gruesome creation. If you enjoyed the first one you would be left feeling almost empty after seeing this one as the story falls flat after the fun and enjoyment the first one gave us. (4/10)


Actor Review


Zach Galligan: Billy stuck in his dead-end job wait for a chance to get his promotion, Gizmo returning to his life puts everything at risk but he also gets a chance to prove himself to the boss. Average performance, that you really don’t notice him compared to the Gremlins. (6/10)


Phoebe Cates: Kate girlfriend of Billy who works as a tour guide at the media headquarters. She automatically has a bad feeling when Gizmo turns back up and joins the fight against the dreaded Gremlins. Doesn’t live up to the previous performance and struggles to make an impact. (5/10)


John Glover: Daniel Clamp owner of Clamp Enterprise who really doesn’t know what he wants and is easily impressed. This is a typical clueless boss performance that is the only human character that is interesting in the film. (7/10)


Supporting Cast: Full of a range of characters who are trying to achieve self-goals during the Gremlins outbreak along with an old friend who gets to prove he was not insane after what happened in the first film. They all come together to fill in the moments and give the Gremlins an extra targets. (7/10)

Grandpa Fred

Grandpa Fred


Forster The Head of Security

Forster The Head of Security






Director Review: Joe Dante – After the first film and other films to his name you would expect better from Joe, this disappoints after what we had first time around. (5/10)


Comedy: This does actually end up having a few more laughs than the first one, but most cultural references. (7/10)

Horror: I actually think some of the Gremlin kills are more gruesome than the original but as for actual horror this loses its mojo. (6/10)

Settings: Having the most part of the film being set inside one building this does create a trapped isolated feeling throughout. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Great practical effects for the time that actually still looks better than some of the real effects being used now. (9/10)

Suggestion: If you liked the first one, I would expect you to like this one or get through, but I wouldn’t suggest watching this if you didn’t like the original or haven’t seen the original. (Try It)


Best Part: Rambo Gizmo

Worst Part: Needless breaking of the fourth wall.

Funniest Scene: Rambo Gizmo

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Nope

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $41 Million

Budget: $50 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes

Tagline:  We warned you. Remember the rules. You didn’t listen.


Overall: Not a Strong Enough Sequel

Rating 59

Gremlins (1984)

logoDirector: Joe Dante

Writer: Chris Columbus (Screenplay)

Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Corey Feldman, Dick Miller, Judge Reinhold, Belinda Balaski, Frances Lee McCain


Plot: A boy inadvertently breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.


Verdict: Classic


Story: If you got a mysterious pet who has to be kept under three strict rules, no water, no feeding after midnight and no bright lights. It seems simple really but what if one of the rules was broken, well Billy accidently breaks on of these rules leading to everything that happens.

It all comes off as a good creature feature that at the time you could show children to scare them but the fun side of it all works out well for them too. It comes off as an alternative Christmas film with its horror elements. It is now 30 years old and hardly feels like it has dated at all. So this Christmas instead of being forced feed the usual Christmas film watch this because it is easily much more fun. (9/10)


Actor Review


Zach Galligan: Billy the young man given the Mogwi to look after only to accidently get him wet, leading to new ones being spawned, then gets tricked into feeding them after midnight and has to fight off the Gremlins to save his small town. Solid performance from Zach, who does the fighting teen idea well. (7/10)


Phoebe Cates: Kate love interest of Billy who has a dark past when it comes to Christmas, who ends up teaming up with Billy to save the day. Solid supporting performance, fresh off the back of her biggest film. (7/10)


Supporting Cast: All of the supporting cast add something to the overall story, we have good and bad characters, with the good coming off strong and the bad getting what is coming to them. It really is all up to the Mogwi stealing all the scenes. (7/10)


Director Review: Joe Dante – Great direction to create a film that is still talked about today. (9/10)


Comedy: Has its funny moments mostly once the Gremlins turn up. (8/10)

Horror: This has good horror level because it was aimed at younger audience who would be scared with what happens. (8/10)

Settings: Most of the settings are around the small town but each works taking on the Gremlins. (7/10)
Special Effects
: Great Special effects used throughout that have barely aged a day.  (9/10)

Suggestion: This is a classic that has to be watched by all. (Watch)


Best Part: Gizmogizmo

Worst Part: The plot hole rules as it will always be past midnight.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has one

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $148 Million

Budget: $11 Million

Runtime: 1 hour 46  Minutes

Tagline: Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous.

Trivia: Generally credited (along with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)) to influence the MPAA to create the PG-13 rating, as many felt the scenes of violence in both movies were too much for a PG rating, but not enough for an R rating.


Overall: Enjoy

Rating 91