Yesterday afternoon, the first trailer was released for the new horror-comedy Life After Beth, courtesy of its distributor A24. The film first premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and, considering the genre, generated some pretty positive reviews. This is the debut feature from Writer/Director Jeff Baena, who’s only other credit is as the co-writer of I Heart Huckabees, David O. Russell’s strange, off-beat and rather uneven comedy from 2004. Hopefully, the slapstick, horror and drama angles that Life After Beth is attempting to tackle here will be handled with more balance than was evidenced in Baena’s previous work.
The plot revolves around Zack (Dane DeHann), young man who is still reeling after the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth (Aubrey Plaza). After a period of grieving with Beth’s parents (John C Reilly and Molly Shannon), Zack begins to wonder why they’ve cut all communication with him. Upset, he forces his way into their house to find that Beth is still very much alive.
With a new chance to rekindle their love together, the couple fly immediately back into each other’s arms. Zack promises not to take her for granted and love her the way he should have before her passing. However, there is a slight hiccup. Beth is now a zombie, and well, she’s getting kind of hungry. Now both families of Zack and Beth must figure out some way to make this situation work. Hopefully, a conclusion can be reached with as little bloodshed as possible.
Life After Beth will open on August 15 for a limited release. For more information about the film, check out its official website, peruse it Facebook page or follow the film on Twitter. The film stars Plaza, DeHann, Reilly, Shannon, Paul Reiser, Cheryl Hines and Matthew Gray Gubler. The film has been rated R by the MPAA.