Odd Thomas

The life of a man named Odd Thomas is bound to be anything but normal. Anton Yelchin, as the titular odd man, is just an average everyday diner cook who can seemingly see otherworldly creatures and conjure up gateways to hell. His paranormal powers get him, along with his trusty gal pal Stormy (Addison Timlin) mixed up in some spooky business in their quiet southwestern town — where apparently every surface is just crawling with ghosts and ghoulies.

Based on the Dean Koontz novel of the same name, the supernatural comedy-action-thriller (supromedacthriller?) has been in the works for quite some time, but was delayed indefinitely in July 2013. The film is back for a February release in full force, meaning the clock is ticking to get a trailer up and out. While nearly anything featuring both Willem Dafoe and murderous ghost-demons interacting in the same vicinity usually gets a must-see stamp, based on the (fairly hefty at 2:27) trailer, this one might be getting a pass.

The film appears to be in the same good-natured vein as another supernatural-hunting flick from a short while ago, the kind of dismal John Dies at the End. Gallant, charming dude-hero who can see paranormal activity from other realms that others can’t — and when they can, it’s probably too late? John, all the way.

It’s a rather disjointed trailer that doesn’t offer much to what the movie’s about. That being said, the monsters do look fun, and Yelchin’s talent may be enough to carry him through to the other side. Get it? Because they’re dead?

Odd Thomas is in theaters and on VOD February 28th.

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