Joe Dante's new indie horror comedy: Burying the Ex

Burying the Ex

Cult hit director Joe Dante is likely best known for his work on films like Gremlins and The Howling, but he’s still cranking out quirky horror gems — and it sounds like we all might get a chance to see his latest effort.

Dante recently completed work on the indie horror comedy Burying the Ex, which debuted at the Venice Film Festival. It stars an excellent cast of up-and-comers including Anton Yelchin (Fright Night), Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga) and Alexandra Daddario (True Detective) The best part? Image Entertainment has snagged the U.S. rights, with plans to release the film in theaters and VOD in the summer of 2015.

Here’s the synopsis:

“Burying the Ex” follows nice guy Max (Yelchin) and his overbearing but incredibly beautiful girlfriend Evelyn (Greene). Their relationship takes a nosedive after they decide to move in together and Evelyn turns out to be a controlling, manipulative nightmare. Max realizes it’s time to call it quits, but there’s just one problem: he’s too afraid to break up with her. Fate steps in when Evelyn is involved in a freak accident and dies, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. Several weeks later, he has a chance encounter with Olivia (Daddario), a cute and spirited girl who just might be his soulmate.  But that same night, Evelyn returns from the grave as a dirt-smeared zombie and she’s determined to live happily ever after with Max.

We’re psyched to hear that Dante’s latest film will get a relatively wide release, though we’d be remiss not to mention that the film actually received mixed reviews on the festival circuit. Of course, the general audience for a horror comedy might have a different palate than film buffs and critics.

Do you plan on checking this one out later this year?

Does Dante still have the magic?