Burying the Ex

yelchin

A good horror movie protagonist has to be able to do two things. They have to be likable enough that you actually care about them when they’re put in danger by whatever horrific threat they’re facing down, and they have to project enough vulnerability that you really believe they might not come out of the other end of the story all in one piece. Being a great protagonist in a horror comedy is a little bit more complicated of a job though. Not only do horror comedy heroes have to accomplish both of those tasks, but they also have to be funny, and they have to be able to make the transitions in tone from scary to funny without having the change feel jarring to the audience or without making it feel like these two different aspects of the film are at odds with each other. Horror comedies need a talented actor. A talented actor like, say, an Anton Yelchin. Yelchin proved that he was likable in his first big break starring role, Charlie Bartlett, he proved that he could project vulnerability in his attempt at a romantic drama, Like Crazy, and he even showed that he could mix everything together and be a relatable anchor for a horror comedy in the Fright Night remake he starred in for Craig Gillespie. If there’s one thing that remake did well (and there was), it was casting Yelchin as its protagonist. When you break down the film as a whole though, the […]

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published: 11.21.2014
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published: 11.21.2014
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published: 11.19.2014
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published: 11.19.2014
B-, C


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