Venice: 'Burying the Ex' Stars on Love Lessons From Zombies

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'Burying the Ex'

Ashley Greene and Anton Yelchin star in Joe Dante's new zombie rom-com

Gremlins helmer Joe Dante brought his latest flick Burying the Ex to Venice. The film uses the zombie trope as a metaphor for what happens when a relationship goes sour. Characters on the screen decay, both mentally and physically, when unable to let go of a faulty relationship.

Anton Yelchin plays Max, an L.A. hipster obsessed with Italian horror B-movies. His green-obsessed girlfriend Evelyn, Twilight's Ashley Greene, blogs about saving the planet and turns their apartment into an OCD earth-friendly haven, at the expense of Yelchin’s most prized horror memorabilia. When he finally gets the nerve to break up with her, she gets hit by a bus. After a new love interest Olivia, played by Alexandra Daddario, shows up, Evelyn rises from the dead to prove to herself that their love really does last forever.

Burying the Ex is a humorous account of the possessive nature of love, showing what happens when a person who is fine in every other way just can’t let go of a bad relationship.

"I’ve been on both ends of it, where there were things that I did not want to let go of that I should have," said Greene in Venice. "And I’ve also been in circumstances where I’ve had people not want to let go of something that just wasn’t right. So even though this is a kind of crazy film with zombies, in out-of-the-ordinary circumstances, I think there is definitely home ground and themes that people can absolutely relate to."

Daddario also saw the zombie rom-com message as one of letting go. "I'm still figuring out what love is. When you’re young, you make a lot of mistakes," she said. "You think you know what love is and sometimes end up in terrible relationships that you can’t get out of because you don’t know any better. I think this movie is sort of a metaphor for something that we go through as human beings, and it’s how we figure out what love is and what we want."

The man of the hour, Yelchin, took a more philosophical takeaway from the film. "I don’t know whether love and possession are compatible, or whether love negates possession and possession negates love," he said. "I’m of the opinion that if you love someone, when you possess someone, they become an object of your possession, and they’re not human anymore. When you love someone, you allow them to be who they are."

But the Star Trek actor didn't stay serious for long. "What I got out of the film is that vegetarians and people into B-films are not compatible," he joked. "It’s how I’m living my life currently. I’m either eating vegan, or I’m watching movies. I’m never doing them at the same time."

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