Life After Beth (2014) Movie Review

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2014 | R | Horror, Drama, Comedy, Romance
89 minutes /

User Score: 59/100

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Life After Beth Review


A young man's recently deceased girlfriend mysteriously returns from the dead, but he slowly realizes she is not the way he remembered her.

Life After Beth (2014) is an American romance comedy horror movie that is a cliche to other zombie romance movies. Director and writer Jeff Baena did an incredible job executing his first movie. Jeff has potential in the movie industry, and I will like to see him make more horror movies. It had a great combination of creepiness and comedy. The movie contains suspense, violence, love/romance, thrills, comedy and zombies.

Life After Beth is about Zach Orfman ( Dane DeHaan - The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), Lawless (2012), Kill Your Darlings (2013)) and his girlfriend Beth Slocum (Aubrey Plaza - Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Monsters University (2013)) who is mysteriously alive after her death and funeral. Zach was so devastated after his girlfriend’s death that he started calling her parents and visiting them regularly for comfort. She died from a snake bite while hiking. Zach felt guilty because he never wanted to go hiking and do things that Beth liked to do. Beth’s parents Maury ( John C. Reilly - Chicago (2002), Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Step Brothers (2008)) and Geenie ( Molly Shannon - How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Never Been Kissed (1999), Hotel Transylvania (2012)) blocked calls from Zach and stopped answering the door at their home.

Zach was crushed and confused, so he decided to pay Beth’s parents a visit and peeped into their window to discover Beth is alive or so he thought. He could not believe his eyes, so he went to Beth’s grave on the following day and saw a hole in the ground where she was buried. He is one determined guy - he broke into Beth’s home and found Beth is there. Her parents explain to him that Beth has no memory of the events from the previous week, and she came home. Zach has a second chance and promises Beth that things will be different, and he will do activities that she wants. After a series of events - Zach began noticing other people around the area acting stranger than usual, and Beth was not the only one. Beth is very violent now. Life is getting crazier by the minute for Zach as he discovers that his deceased grandfather is alive, and so is the prior owner for the home.

As I said above, this movie is a cliche but it triumphs over some zombie movies because of the twists in the movie. I gave this movie a five because it was not bad, but it was not good either. I will not watch this movie again. The movie did have a nice storyline, but it lacked pizzazz.

About Life After Beth 2014

Title: Life After Beth
Year: 2014
Runtime: 89 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Drama, Comedy, Romance
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.95/5 stars from 27 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 27
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Anna Kendrick, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Dane DeHaan, Paul Reiser, Alia Shawkat, Peggy Miley, Adam Pally, Garry Marshall, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas McDonell, David Dustin Kenyon, Zoë Worth, Paul Weitz, Michelle Azar, Rob Delaney, Elizabeth Jayne, Jim O'Heir, Jenna Nye, Keedar Whittle, Bud Sabatino, Aubrey Plaza, Bechir Sylvain, Cheryl Hines, Bonnie Burroughs, Brian Groh, Eva La Dare, Eileen Finizza, Chloe Searcy, Allan McLeod
Writers: Jeff Baena
Director: Jeff Baena