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Burying the Ex (2014)

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


Joe Dante


Alan Trezza (screenplay by)
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Anton Yelchin ... Max
Ashley Greene ... Evelyn
Alexandra Daddario ... Olivia
Oliver Cooper ... Travis
Dick Miller ... Crusty Old Cop
Archie Hahn ... Chuck
Julia Marchese ... Disgruntled Customer
Wyndoline Landry ... Goth Girl #1 / Demetria
Mary Kate Wiles ... Goth Girl #2
Mark Alan ... Bartender
Ozioma Akagha ... Kat
Stephanie Koenig ... Kendra
Katie Roberts ... FHM Centerfold (as Katie Ross)
John Hora John Hora ... Grumpy Customer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Stanny Henry Stanny ... Bearded man who walks out of cinema


When Max (Yelchin) learns that his new live-in girlfriend, Evelyn (Greene) is controlling and manipulative, he is afraid to end the relationship. However, fate occurs and Evelyn is killed in a freak accident. A couple months have passed and Max meets his dream girl, Olivia (Daddario). The new romance gets tricky when Evelyn comes back from the grave and insists on continuing their once relationship by all means. Written by PallasBrenna

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Some relationships just won't die.


Comedy | Horror | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, partial nudity, some horror violence, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sahraniti Bivšu See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joe Dante: [Dick Miller] Dick Miller, who has appeared in all of Joe Dante's films, makes a cameo as the Grumpy Cop. See more »


At one point early in the movie, Evelyn tells Max he should "replace those incandescent tubes, and get some compact fluorescents". The bulbs shown are in fact fluorescent tubes (not incandescent), and compact fluorescent bulbs would not work in that type of fixture. See more »


Evelyn: If I kill you, then we can live happily ever after.
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Crazy Credits

A scene is shown after the credits. It shows the use of a special effect. See more »


References Dementia 13 (1963) See more »


Song for Zula
Written by Matthew Houck
Performed by Phosphorescent
Courtesy of Dead Oceans
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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"True love conquers all." Maybe it shouldn't.
7 June 2015 | by davidlmarksSee all my reviews

"Burying the Ex" is the soon to be released flick from director Joe Dante, who brought us the '80s classics "Gremlins" and "The Howling." This time around, we follow horror-movie-loving Max (Anton Yelchin, ie. Checkov from the "Star Trek" reboot series, but without the Russian accent), struggling to rise above the manipulative people in his life. He's working in a dead-end job in a kitschy Halloween curio shop with a demanding boss; living with his controlling girlfriend Evelyn (Ashley Greene from "Twilight"); and dealing with his brother (I mean half-brother, a running gag) Travis (Oliver Cooper from "The Hangover III") who really just needs Max's apartment as a destination to take his booty-calls to.

An odd little statue arrives at the shop that promises to grant a wish… but because it's a "Satan-Genie" (and according to a tag attached)– it has to be granted the "evil way." Cut to the "Satan-Genie" being within earshot of a post-coital promise made between Max and Evelyn: "We will always be together… always and forever"… and the "evil-way" is set in motion.

Max's relationship with Evelyn continues to deteriorate. Evelyn freaks out at a friendly ice cream shop owner named Olivia (played by the comely Alexandra Daddario from True Detective); turns their apartment into a "green, eco-friendly zone" … and relegates (read: jams) his expensive horror movie posters into a drawer… At his wits end, Max takes the advise of brother (half-brother) Travis, and invites her to a public place to break up with her. Max chooses a dog park, which leads Evelyn to believe he has gotten her a dog, and in her enthusiasm, rushes out to meet him and is killed by a bus.

You can guess what follows. Evelyn returns from the grave, hell-bent on rekindling their relationship, and determined to keep Max away from the very-alive ice cream owner, Olivia. And she has a plan to make good on their promise to "always be together… always and forever" that Max is not too keen on.

There are some genuinely funny moments, and director Joe Dante is in great form, but comparisons to the Jeff Baena film "Life After Beth", released last year, are inevitable. Both movies involve girlfriends coming back from the grave to despondent boyfriends who have all kinds of regrets after their deaths; both girlfriends are adamant in reviving their "dead" relationships (and deflecting any interest from any potential "living" girlfriends), all the while slowly deteriorating physically and mentally into zombie-ness (and rage). And according to both films, returning from the grave makes girls super-strong and really horny.

Those are the plot similarities. Burying the Ex is a really fun movie with great directing, photography, physical special effects and outstanding acting that illustrates Dante's pedigree, delivering a far more polished film than Life After Beth. Don't let seeing Beth dissuade you from checking out Burying the Ex. It's a fun watch for those wanting to expand their zombie movie horizons.

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